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Charismatics, Converts, Competitors

Paperback|Mar 2000
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New perspectives on the factors in the success of early Christianity.


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New perspectives on the factors in the success of early Christianity.
-Publisher

Jack T. Sanders investigates the reasons for the remarkable early successes of Christianity using techniques and methods drawn from the social sciences. The author does not attempt to provide a history of early Christianity.
-Publisher

hy was Christianity so successful in its earliest days? That is the question which this important book examines again. It is not a new question, and answers have been given in the past by such distinguished scholars as Adolf von Harnack and R.M. Grant. But as our knowledge of the ancient world increases, new perspectives open up, and new disciplines are used, it becomes possible to approach it from fresh angles. The question why Christianity was successful inevitably takes us back to Jesus, and the first part of the book considers why people followed Jesus in the first place. Then there is an examination of why Gentiles were attracted to the new religion and why some found Christianity more appealing than its competitors. Finally, there is an investigation of what societal factors assisted Christianity, or were exploited by Christianity, in its march to triumph. This work is by no means a history of early Christianity It is rather an attempt to explain certain crucial elements in Christianity's success. The approach adopted here, making full use of the social sciences, sheds new light on some hitherto shadowy chapters and provides a new and better explanation of why Christianity triumphed in the Roman empire. Jack T. Sanders is Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies in the University of Oregon, USA.
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PRODUCT DETAIL
  • Catalogue Code 148742
  • Product Code 0334027950
  • EAN 9780334027959
  • Pages 240
  • Department Academic
  • Category Biblical Studies
  • Sub-Category New Testament
  • Publisher Scm Press
  • Publication Date Mar 2000
  • Dimensions 216 x 140 x 254mm
  • Weight 0.019kg

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