Where Did Christianity Come From?

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Liturgical Press, 2001 - Religion - 189 pages
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Where Did Christianity Come From? surveys the first 150 years of Christianity. It looks for the environment in which Christianity began and traces the process by which Christianity emerged from it. The search follows clues given by familiar rites and institutions, especially by the central Christian sacraments of baptism and the Eucharist. The formation of Christianity involved both continuity and discontinuity with the original environment, symbolized by the death and resurrection of Jesus. This approach conveys new insights into the study of Christian origins.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
STARTING POINTS
13
Two Intriguing Episodes
26
BAPTISM AND EUCHARIST
34
The Last Supper
44
Conclusions
55
Hillel and Galilee
64
The Galilee That Jesus Knew
70
JAMES PAUL AND PETER
118
The Heritage of James
124
The Formation of the New Testament
133
THE COVENANT
141
Admission and Exclusion
148
Why Christiani?
152
AND JESUS?
162
Conclusion
169

From Fraternities to Schools
80
THE GENTILE MISSION
87
Ephesus and Corinth
101
The Beginnings of the Mission 11 1
111
Glossary of Terms and Names
177
Index of NonScriptural References
186
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