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History of the First Christians : Understanding the Bible and Its World - Wedderburn

History of the First Christians

Understanding the Bible and Its World

Paperback Published: 1st January 2004
ISBN: 9780567084132
Number Of Pages: 296

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This work provides a survey of the history of the earliest Christian church, in the period up to the fall of Jerusalem. It concentrates on the figure of Paul, judicious and critical use of information in the Book of Acts, Judaizing versions of Christianity and the Johannine tradition.

The approach steers a middle way between an over-simplified account which fails to warn students where scholarly opinion is divided, and an in-depth academic study which attempts to document and discuss every hypothesis. Wedderburn focuses on aspects of central importance: the changing shape of church life, and developing Christianity in relation to the Roman Empire and to Judaism.

This book seeks to draw together and make more readily accessible many new insights gained from an enormous range of recent, scholarly studies in German and English, and place them in the context of a more general account.

"For some years students have lacked a good textbook on the first decades of Christianity. Professor Wedderburn has now met that lack. His long term interest in the book of Acts, evidenced in a sequence of important articles, has now borne fruit in a masterly survey of these crucial years. He is thoroughly familiar with the relevant sources and the problems in evaluating them. He knows the present day scholarly debate intimately. And he weighs the evidence and the debates with a judicious even-handedness. This is a book which is thoroughly accessible to those with little specialist knowledge, which will provide an authoritative guide to current debates on Christianity's beginnings and which, more important, will give a clearer grasp of the historical complexities of these beginnings."

Prefacep. ix
Introductionp. 1
When to Stop?p. 1
A Fragmentary Storyp. 4
Sourcesp. 7
The Pauline Lettersp. 8
The Book of Actsp. 10
The First Beginningsp. 16
Appearances of the Risen Jesusp. 17
Regrouping in Jerusalem?p. 21
Pentecostp. 25
A Jewish Group?p. 28
Stephen and His Groupp. 41
'Hebrews' and 'Hellenists'p. 42
The Problem and Its Solutionp. 44
Stephenp. 47
The Outbreak of Persecutionp. 56
The Spread of Christianityp. 59
Samariap. 62
Antiochp. 67
Peter and Corneliusp. 71
Peterp. 75
Paul--the Hidden Yearsp. 79
The Pre-Christian Paulp. 79
The Conversion of Paulp. 84
Before the Conference in Jerusalemp. 86
Agreement and Strifep. 89
Pauline Chronologyp. 89
Acts and Galatiansp. 91
An Absolute Chronology?p. 99
The Jerusalem Conferencep. 104
The Quarrel at Antiochp. 114
Paul the Missionaryp. 121
The Course of Paul's Missionary Workp. 121
The Nature of the Pauline Communitiesp. 128
Problems of the Pauline Communitiesp. 138
The Collectionp. 147
Judaizing Christianityp. 151
Jamesp. 153
Writings of a Judaizing Christianityp. 156
The Jerusalem Churchp. 162
Pauline Christianity after Paulp. 167
A Pauline School or Pauline Schools?p. 169
'Early Catholicism'?p. 175
Johannine Christianityp. 178
The Church in the Roman Empirep. 186
Postscriptp. 196
Notesp. 198
Abbreviationsp. 251
Select Bibliographyp. 252
Primary Sourcesp. 252
Reference Worksp. 255
General Works on the History of Earliest Christianityp. 255
Other Secondary Literaturep. 256
Index of Primary Sourcesp. 277
Old Testamentp. 277
Other Jewish Sourcesp. 277
New Testamentp. 278
Other Early Christian Literature and Gnostic Sourcesp. 284
Other Graeco-Roman Literature and Sourcesp. 285
Index of Authors (Secondary Literature)p. 287
Index of Subjectsp. 291
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ISBN: 9780567084132
ISBN-10: 0567084132
Series: Understanding the Bible and Its World
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 296
Published: 1st January 2004
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.69 x 14.22  x 1.73
Weight (kg): 0.39
Edition Number: 1