Jesus & the Rise of Early Christianity
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...
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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.
Paul Barnett (Ph.D., University of London) is the retired Bishop of North Sydney, and has taught at a number of prestigious academic institutions. Since his retirement, he is Honorary Associate in Ancient History, Macquarie University, Sydney; Lecturer Emeritus, Moore College, Sydney; and Teaching Fellow at Regent College, Vancouver. He was also Head of Robert Menzies College, Macquarie University.
He is the author of some major commentaries on 2 Corinthians (Bible Speaks Today Series and The New International Commentary on the New Testament); 1 Corinthians: Holiness and Hope of a rescued people (Focus on the Bible); Mark: The Servant King, John: The Shepherd King, 1 Peter: Living Hope and Revelation: Apocalypse Now and Then (Reading the Bible Today). As well as a number of books on New Testament Background and the Historical Jesus such as After Jesus: The Birth Of Christianity, Is The New Testament History? (Revised 2004), Jesus and The Rise Of Early Christianity, The Truth About Jesus(Revised 2004), and Jesus And The Logic of History (New Studies In Biblical Theology).
Most recently he has produced The Corinthian Question: Why did the church oppose Paul? (Intervaristy Press, 2011) and three volumes in the After Jesus series; The Birth of Christianity: The First Twenty Years; Paul: Missionary of Jesus and Finding the Historical Christ: After Jesus.
Koorong -Editorial Review.
- Maps And Tables
- 1. The New Testament As History
- Excursus 1a: New Testament Chronology
- Excursus 1b: History And Myth
- 2. The Impact Of Christ
- 3. The Hellenistic Background To Jesus
- 4. Herod, Idumaean, King Of The Jews
- 5. Jesus' Birth & Boyhood
- 6. Jesus' Context: Galilee & Peraea
- 7. Jesus' Context: Judea
- Excursus 7a: The Search For The Historical Pontius Pilate
- 8. Jesus Of Nazareth (c. 29-33)
- Excursus 8a: Working Assumptions
- Excursus 8b: The Criterion Of Dissimilarity
- Excursus 8c: Did Jesus Make Claims To Deity?
- 9. Resurrection, Exaltation & The Spirit
- 10. The Community Of The Messiah In Jerusalem
- Excursus 10a: The Use Of Acts 1-5 For Historical Reconstruction
- 11. The Scattering Of The Community & The Conversion Of Saul (c. 34/35)
- 12. Peter In Palestine (33-47)
- 13. The Apostolate Of Saul In The "unknown Years" (c. 34-47)
- Excursus 13a: Paul's Mission Strategy According To Rainer Riesner
- Excursus 13b: Jews, Proselytes And God-fearers
- 14. The Inclusion Of The Gentiles (47-49)
- Excursus 14a: An Early Dating For Galations
- Excursus 14b: The Missionary Agreement And The Jerusalem Council
- 15. James, Cephas & John
- 16. Paul's Later Ministry (c. 50-65)
- 17. Churches & Evangelists (33-100)
- 18. The Four Gospels
- 19. The Kindgom Of Christ
- 20. Epilogue
- Excursus 20a:the Birth Of Christianity According To J. Dominic Crossan
- Select Bibliography