Christian Beginnings tells the captivating story of how a man came to be hailed as the Son consubstantial with God, and of how a revolutionary, anticonformist Jewish subsect became the official state religion of the Roman Empire. /div
Author: Geza Vermes
Publisher: Yale University Press
DIV The creation of the Christian Church is one of the most important stories in the development of the world's history, but also one of the most enigmatic and little understood, shrouded in mystery and misunderstanding. Through a forensic, brilliant reexamination of all the key surviving texts of early Christianity, Geza Vermes illuminates the origins of a faith and traces the evolution of the figure of Jesus from the man he was—a prophet recognizable as the successor to other Jewish holy men of the Old Testament—to what he came to represent: a mysterious, otherworldly being at the heart of a major new religion. As Jesus's teachings spread across the eastern Mediterranean, hammered into place by Paul, John, and their successors, they were transformed in the space of three centuries into a centralized, state-backed creed worlds away from its humble origins. Christian Beginnings tells the captivating story of how a man came to be hailed as the Son consubstantial with God, and of how a revolutionary, anticonformist Jewish subsect became the official state religion of the Roman Empire. /div
F. Crawford Burkitt (1864-1935) was Norrisian Professor of Divinity at the University of Cambridge from 1905-35.
Author: F. Crawford Burkitt
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
F. Crawford Burkitt (1864-1935) was Norrisian Professor of Divinity at the University of Cambridge from 1905-35. His other publications include 'Evangelion da-Mepharreshe' (1904), 'The Gospel History and Its Transmission' (1906), and 'Earliest Sources for the Life of Jesus' (1910). He was elected to the British Academy Fellowship in 1905.
In this challenging and vividly written book Dr. Wilken shows that there never was a golden age in the Christian past.
Author: Robert L. Wilken
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
In this challenging and vividly written book Dr. Wilken shows that there never was a golden age in the Christian past. Christian hope did not come to fulfillment in the age of apostles, nor in the time of Constantine, nor in the Middle Ages, nor during the Reformation, nor in the revivals of the 19th century, nor in the movements of renewal in our own time. The history of Christianity is a story of imperfection and fragmentation, but also a history of hoping and striving for an end that cannot be seen yet bears on the present. With lively examples from the Christian past Wilken shows that change has been an abiding feature of Christian tradition. Often those who proposed new ways of thinking and acted in unexpected ways turned out to be more faithful than those who repeated the old formulas. As much as the past may give specificity and concreteness to renewal in the present Christian hope is set on things that are yet to be.
These essays push against the marginalization of race and ethnicity studies and put the received wisdom of New Testament studies squarely in the foreground.
Author: Laura Nasrallah
Publisher: Fortress Press
While scholars of the New Testament and its Roman environment have recently focused attention on ethnicity, on the one hand, and gender on the other, the two questions have often been discussed separately-and without reference to the contemporary critical study of race theory. This interdisciplinary volume addresses this lack by drawing together new essays by prominent scholars in the fields of New Testament, classics, and Jewish studies. These essays push against the marginalization of race and ethnicity studies and put the received wisdom of New Testament studies squarely in the foreground.
... many in the study of Christian beginnings (for example, as part of the broader analysis of the social world of Paul; cf. Meeks' work referred to above).
Author: Risto Uro
Publisher: Oxford University Press
This book examines the role of ritual in the emergence of the early Christian movement. Ritual is ubiquitous in all human societies, past and present. It is striking how little attention scholars of early Christianity have paid to this omnipresent aspect of human behaviour in their accounts for the rise of Christianity. However, researchers in diverse areas of Religious Studies and behavioural sciences have developed promising new theories to explain ritual interms of the cognitive and evolutionary roots of human behaviour. This book argues that these new theories and findings are relevant for the study of ancient rituals, including early Christian ones. Itdevelops a novel approach to Christian beginnings which highlights the role of ritual innovation, cooperative signalling, and the importance of bodily actions for the generation and transmission of religious knowledge.
Although none of the author-editors of the four canonical gospels walked with Jesus, embedded clues point to written source materials emanating from disciples who did: particularly the found Gospel of Thomas, the lost Gospel of Q1 and an inferred lost Gospel of Early John. While used and changed radically by the later evangelists, especially Mark and John, embedded source elements permit a surprising new reconstruction of the life of Jesus. After his crucifixion by the Romans, three divergent streams of belief represented by Judas Thomas the Twin, James brother of Jesus, and Paul of Tarsus progressed and collided, culminating in the scriptural ascendancy of the Pauline viewpoint following the Roman-Jewish War. For more information and a detailed summary of the book, visit www.christianbeginningsrevisited.com
"This work brings together the insights of a range of distinguished scholars on a fresh and important task . . . The work is sound, imaginative, and original" (Howard Clark Kee).
Author: Jürgen Becker
Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
"This work brings together the insights of a range of distinguished scholars on a fresh and important task . . . The work is sound, imaginative, and original" (Howard Clark Kee). Contributors include Christopher Burchard, Carsten Colpe, Karl Loening, John K. Riches, and others. Translation by Annemarie S. Kidder and Reinhard Krauss.
Author: Ilaria L. E. RamelliPublish On: 2019-07-15
In the minds of some, universal salvation is a heretical idea that was imported into Christianity from pagan philosophies by Origen (c.185–253/4). Ilaria Ramelli argues that this picture is completely mistaken.
Author: Ilaria L. E. Ramelli
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
In the minds of some, universal salvation is a heretical idea that was imported into Christianity from pagan philosophies by Origen (c.185–253/4). Ilaria Ramelli argues that this picture is completely mistaken. She maintains that Christian theologians were the first people to proclaim that all will be saved and that their reasons for doing so were rooted in their faith in Christ. She demonstrates that, in fact, the idea of the final restoration of all creation (apokatastasis) was grounded upon the teachings of the Bible and the church’s beliefs about Jesus’ total triumph over sin, death, and evil through his incarnation, crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension. Ramelli traces the Christian roots of Origen’s teaching on apokatastasis. She argues that he was drawing on texts from Scripture and from various Christians who preceded him, theologians such as Bardaisan, Irenaeus, and Clement. She outlines Origen’s often-misunderstood theology in some detail and then follows the legacy of his Christian universalism through the centuries that followed. We are treated to explorations of Origenian universal salvation in a host of Christian disciples, including Athanasius, Didymus the Blind, the Cappadocian fathers, Evagrius, Maximus the Confessor, John Scotus Eriugena, and Julian of Norwich.
Christian Beginnings 75. The Dawn of the Middle Ages 76. The Early Middle Ages 77. The Later Middle Ages 78. Reformation and Counter - Reformation 79.
Author: Jacques Zeiller
Category: Christian ethics
Recreates the first three hundred years of Christianity in all its heroism, excitement and inspiration. This was the period when Christianity spread to every part of the Roman world; when tyrant emperors, fearful of its powerful force, imposed the death penalty on any known Christian; when thousands of martyrs went joyfully to their death preferring it to a renunciation of Jesus. Not content with a superficial account, the author has included original contemporary documents that describe each of the important events as they occurred. These documents, written while the blood of martyrs poured at Roman executions, brings to the reader the intense urgency and drama these early zealous Christians created in the founding of the Church.