Christian Origins

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Richard A. Horsley
Fortress Press, 2005 - Religion - 318 pages
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Dealing with a time when "Christians" were moving towards separation from the movement's Jewish origins, this inaugural volume of A People's History of Christianity tells "the people's story" by gathering together evidence from the New Testament texts, archaeology, and other contemporary sources. Of particular interest to the distinguished group of scholar-contributors are the often overlooked aspects of the earliest "Christian" consciousness: How, for example, did they manage to negotiate allegiances to two social groups? How did they deal with crucial issues of wealth and poverty? What about the participation of slaves and women in these communities? How did living in the shadow of the Roman Empire color their religious experience and economic values? With Horsley, contributors include: Jorunn Jacobsen Buckley, Allen Dwight Callahan, Warren Carter, Neil Elliott, Steven J. Friesen, William R. Herzog II, Clarice J. Martin, Carolyn Osiek, Raymond Pickett, Barbara R. Rossing, Antoinette Clark Wire.
 

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Contents

JESUS MOVEMENTS AND THE RENEWAL OF ISRAEL
23
WHY PEASANTS RESPONDED TO JESUS
47
WOMENS HISTORY FROM BIRTHPROPHECY STORIES
71
TURNING THE TABLES ON JESUS THE MANDAEAN VIEW
94
CITIES AND TEXTS
111
CONFLICTS AT CORINTH
113
MATTHEWS PEOPLE
138
THE GOSPEL OF JOHN AS PEOPLES HISTORY
162
SOCIAL PATTERNS AND PRACTICES
199
FAMILY MATTERS
201
THE EYES HAVE IT SLAVES IN THE COMMUNITIES OF CHRISTBELIEVERS
221
INJUSTICE OR GODS WILL EXPLANATIONS OF POVERTY IN PROTOCHRISTIAN TEXTS
240
PROPHETS PROPHETIC MOVEMENTS AND THE VOICES OF WOMEN
261
ABBREVIATIONS
287
NOTES
289
INDEX
313

DISCIPLINING THE HOPE OF THE POOR IN ANCIENT ROME
177

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Richard A. Horsley is Professor of Religion at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

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