from jesus christ to christianity
early christian literature in context
Edited by Gerhard van den Heever and Eben Scheffler
Where and when did Christianity begin? What role did Jesus of Nazareth play in the origins of Christianity? Where does early Christian literature fit into this?
The popular picture of Christian origins seems to dictate obvious answers to these seemingly elementary questions. Historical reflection and scholarship during the past two centuries have convincingly demonstrated that all is not so simple.
Christianity might be a religion of the Book. It might also be a religion of a person. Viewed historically, however, the link between Jesus Christ and Christianity is not as secure as might seem at first glance. Early Christian literature, too,does not provide immediate access to the origins of Christianity or the person of Jesus Christ.
Rather, early Christian discourse presents an astonishing variety of religious imaginings of social formation and world making, in the course of which Christian culture and images of Jesus Christ were constructed in dialogue with social and cultural contexts.
From Jesus Christ to Christianity. Early Christian Literature in Context is therefore a book about contexts: contexts of book, person and religion.
presents a concise, yet comprehensive, survey of the Graeco-Roman context and cultural frameworks from which Christianity was born
includes a survey of the historical figure of Jesus and the scholarly constructions of him
offers a comprehensive survey of early Christian literature in its contexts: from the earliest Jesus traditions to the end of the second century, showing the ‘multiple births of Christianity’ – woven together from different traditions and cultural strands – finally, to become the main stream, orthodox, yet very diverse and multiform, Christianity of the fourth century.
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A unique and ground-
breaking study of:
the origins and creation of early Christianity
historical Jesus and the scholarly constructs about him
the matrix of early Christian literature in its contexts
The content – which extends beyond the New Testament to hidden material excluded
from the Bible – encourages one to correlate and integrate phenomena in the New Testament writings in a
manner that is appropriate
and instructive for the twenty-first century.
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Soft cover 2002
240 pp with photographs
ISBN 1 86888 196 2
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