This is an introductory account of the emergence of Christianity as we know it today. Dealing with the Jewish background to Jesus and such crucial issues as the Synoptic problem, it provides a detailed account of the developing church up...
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This is an introductory account of the emergence of Christianity as we know it today. Dealing with the Jewish background to Jesus and such crucial issues as the Synoptic problem, it provides a detailed account of the developing church up until the rise of the Gnostic movement in the second century.
This is a comprehensive and introductory account of the emergence of Christianity, as we know it today. Dealing with the Jewish background to Jesus and crucial issues as the Synoptic problem such it is an ideal undergraduate textbook.In "Christian Origins" Jonathan Knight gives a comprehensive account of the emergence of Christianity as we know it today. Beginning with the Jewish background to Jesus and his teachings, Knight examines the different factions within Judaism at the time, ultimately identifying eschatology as the common link to Jesus' teaching. Knight presents this apocalyptic agenda as the mainstay of early Christian belief, and uses this as a lens through which to view the development of the Early Church, the writings of Paul and the further growth of the Church.In examining the birth of Christianity, Knight alights on such crucial and intriguing issues as the Synoptic Problem, the historical figure of Jesus and the authorship of the Pauline epistles. These widespread investigations lead him to an enlightening examination of Pauline ethics and the development of sacramental understanding and Christian ministry, propelling the book beyond a basic exegetical reflection to a breathtaking demonstration of the foundations of a major world faith.
Knight is a priest in the Church of England.
- Part One: From Judaism To Jesus; 1. The Scope Of This Study; 2. The Sources For Pre-christian Judaism; 3. In Search Of Ancient Israel; 4. The God Of Israel; 5. Scriptural Interpretation In Ancient Israel; 6. The Synagogue; 7. The Temple; 8. The Different Jewish Parties; 9. Diaspora Judaism; 10. Jewish Eschatology; 11. An Approach To Jesus; 12. A Brief History Of Jesus; 13. Jesus' Teaching; 14. Whom Did Jesus Think That He Was?; 15. The Trial Of Jesus; 16. The Resurrection Of Jesus; 17. Appendix: The Gospels As Sources For Jesus; Part Two: Paul And The Early Church; 18. An Introduction To Paul; 19. Christianity Before Paul; 20. The Writings Of Paul; 21. Paul On Christian Salvation; 22. Paul And The Future; 23. Pauline Ethics; 24. Early Christian Eschatology; 25. The Post-pauline Writings Of The New Testament; 26. The Christology Of Early Christianity; 27. The Breach With Judaism; 28. Sacraments; 29. Ministry In The Early Church; 30. Early Christian Ethics; 31. The Rise Of Gnosticism; 32. Summary And Conclusion.