Jesus & the Rise of Early Christianity: A History of New Testament Times

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InterVarsity Press, Apr 17, 2002 - Religion - 448 pages
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The pathway to understanding the New Testament leads through the vibrant landscape of the first-century Greco-Roman world. The New Testament is rooted in the concrete historical events of that world. In Jesus & the Rise of Early Christianity Paul Barnett not only places the New Testament within that world of caesars and Herods, proconsuls and Pharisees, Sadducees and revolutionaries, but argues that the mainspring and driving force of early Christian history is the historical Jesus. We cannot understand the rise of Christianity apart from this Jesus, the messiah of Israel and the spiritual and intellectual impact he had on his immediate followers and those who succeeded them. From his intimate acquaintance with the sources, the evidence and the problems of New Testament history, Barnett offers fresh insights. His telling of the story skillfully avoids the encumbrance of extraneous details and side journeys. From the brith of Jesus to the founding of the messianic community, from the rise of Paul's mission to the Gentiles to the writing of the Gospels, Barnett offers a comprehensive account of the movement that would change the face of world history. Jesus & the Rise of Early Christianity is a comprehensive survey of New Testament history that will meet the needs of students and teachers of the New Testament. In its engagment with contemporary scholarship and its emphasis on the propelling role of the historical and risen Jesus in the rise of Christianity, it provides a timely rejoinder to current revisionist exploration of Christian origins.
 

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User Review  - Ricardo Rocha - Christianbook.com

If you want a great book about the NT background, this is a must for you! Dr. Barnes takes us from the OT's spread of Hellenism worldwide, passing through the Maccabean period preparing our minds for ... Read full review

User Review  - Philip Tutt - Christianbook.com

This book is a well-annotated argument for the proposition that the "'Christ of faith [is] one and the same as the 'Jesus of history'". This proposition is stated upfront by the author in his Preface ... Read full review

Contents

Maps and Tables
9
MAPS
11
The Essene Quarter
56
The Dead Sea
57
Marisa capital ofldumaea
67
The Nabataean kingdom
69
The territory of Herod the king
72
Herods Jerusalem
78
Damascus
251
Arabia
254
Tarsus in Cilicia
258
Asia Minor 278
263
The Inclusion of the Gentiles 4749
276
Chronology of Gentile crisis
277
James Cephas John
299
Water and thirst imagery in the Fourth Gospel and Revelation
312

Caesarea Maritima
81
Herod benefactor of foreign cities
82
Galilee
103
Division of Herods kingdom
110
Jesus in Galilee
115
Machaerus
123
Samaria Judea Idumaea
134
Jerusalem at the time of the crucifixion
144
Resurrection Exaltation the Spirit
180
The Community of the Messiah in Jerusalem c 3334
195
The Scattering of the Community the Conversion of Saul c 3435
215
Peter in Palestine 3347
231
Peters mission to the circumcised
236
The Apostolate of Saul in the Unknown Years c 3447
249
Faith and works in James and Paul
319
Pauls Later Ministry c 5065
328
Churches Evangelists 33100
357
The churches and their founders_
372
The Four Gospels
376
Jesus traditions and Gospels
381
Critical sequences in Mark and John
385
Points of contact between James and Matthew_
391
The Kingdom of Christ
400
The thief in Revelation Jesus and Paul
403
Epilogue _
415
Select Bibliography
423
Indexes
431
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About the author (2002)

Barnett (Ph.D., London University), was until his retirement Anglican bishop of North Sydney, Australia. He remains a visiting fellow in ancient history at Macquarie University (Sydney, Australia) and research professor at Regent College (Vancouver, British Columbia). He has written several books.

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