Birth of Christianity

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A&C Black, Apr 1, 1999 - Religion - 653 pages
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John Dominic Crossan explores the lost years of earliest Christianity, the years immediately following Jesus' execution.

He establishes the contextual setting through a combination of literary, anthropological, historical and archaeological approaches. He challenges the assumptions about the role of Paul and the meaning of resurrection, and forges a new understanding of the birth of the Christian church.


Here is a vivid account of early Christianity's interaction with the world around it, and of the new traditions and communities established as Jesus' companions continued their movement after his death.
 

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User Review  - DubiousDisciple - LibraryThing

I've read many of Crossan's books, and although they can be dry, they do always provide something to sink your teeth into. He seems to write two kinds of books: Long, scholarly tomes, and short ... Read full review

Crossan at his best

User Review  - Douglas - Borders

Crossan's Birth of Christianity demonstrates that he a master researcher and interpreter of the most mysterious period of Christianity. Crossan opens the door into the early thought of those initial ... Read full review

Contents

Voices of the First Outsiders
3
Reconstructing Earliest Christianity
19
The Mystique of Oral Tradition
49
Does Memory Remember?
59
A Tale of Two Professors
69
Chasm or Interface?
85
Admitting Gospel Presuppositions
95
Relating Gospel Contents
103
Controlling the Itinerants
363
Interpreting the Commands
383
A Divided Tradition
407
Meal and Community
420
Communities of Resistance
445
Story and Tradition
477
Exegesis Lament and Biography
527
The Character of Your God
575

Comparing Gospel Manuscripts
121
The Problem of Methodology
139
Chapter n CrossCultural Anthropology
151
JudeoRoman History
177
Galilean Archeology
209
Teachers and Householders
354
Appendixes
587
Bibliography
607
Subject Index
633
Author Index
643
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About the author (1999)

John Dominic Crossan is the author of The Historical Jesus (T&T Clark, 1991). He chairs the Historical Jesus section of the Society of Biblical Literature.

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