The First One Hundred Years of Christianity: An Introduction to Its History, Literature, and Development
:Beginning as a marginal group in Galilee, the movement initiated by Jesus of Nazareth became a world religion within 100 years. Why, among various religious movements, did Christianity succeed? This major work by internationally renowned scholar Udo Schnelle traces the...
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:Beginning as a marginal group in Galilee, the movement initiated by Jesus of Nazareth became a world religion within 100 years. Why, among various religious movements, did Christianity succeed? This major work by internationally renowned scholar Udo Schnelle traces the historical, cultural, and theological influences and developments of the early years of the Christian movement. It shows how Christianity provided an intellectual framework, a literature, and socialization among converts that led to its enduring influence. Senior New Testament scholar James Thompson offers a clear, fluent English translation of the successful German edition.
Udo Schnelle (Dr.Theol., University of Gottingen) is professor of New Testament at the University of Halle. He is the author of numerous works, including History and Theology of the New Testament Writings, translated and revised by M. Eugene Boring. M. Eugene Boring (Ph.D., Vanderbilt University) was the I. Wylie and Elizabeth M. Briscoe Professor of New Testament at Brite Divinity School (now retired). He is the author of several books, including the Interpretation commentary on Revelation and (with Fred Craddock) The People's New Testament Commentary.
James W. Thompson (PhD, Vanderbilt University) is the Robert and Kay Onstead Distinguished Professor of Biblical Studies at Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas, and associate dean of ACU's graduate school of theology. He is the editor of Restoration Quarterly and the author of several books, including Pastoral Ministry according to Paul, Preaching like Paul, The Beginnings of Christian Philosophy and Hebrews: Paideia Commentaries on the New Testament.
- :<b>contents</b><b>1. On Writing A History Of Origins</b>1.1 History As Interpretation Of The Present And The Past1.2 History And Method<b>2. Definition And Demarcation Of The Epoch</b>2.1 Primitive Christianity Or Early Christianity?2.2 The Chronological Framework<b>3. Presuppositions And Contexts</b>3.1 Hellenism As A World Culture3.2 Greco-roman Culture3.3 Judaism3.4 The Political And Economic Situation In The Roman Empire In The First And Second Centuries Ce<b>4. The New Movement Of Christ-believers</b>4.1 The Easter Events4.2 The Origin Of Christology4.3 The Founder Of A New Discourse And New Thinking<b>5. The Jerusalem Church</b>5.1 The Beginnings5.2 Groups And Persons5.3 Places: The Temple5.4 Conflicts5.5 Theological Institutions And Discourse5.6 Texts: The Passion Narrative5.7 The Theological Development Of The Early Jerusalem Church<b>6. Early Churches And Early Mission Outside Of Jerusalem</b>6.1 Contexts: Mobility And Religious-philosophical Variety In The Roman Empire6.2 Persons6.3 Groups: The Jesus Movement6.4 Lands And Places6.5 Competitors And Conflicts6.6 The Development Of The Community's Own Cult Praxis And Theology/the First Forms Of Institutionalization6.7 Texts6.8 The First Missionary Journey And The Mission To The Gentiles Without The Requirement Of Circumcision6.9 The Three Great Currents At The Beginning<b>7. The Apostolic Conference</b>7.1 The Initial Conflict7.2 The Essential Problem7.3 The Process7.4 The Result7.5 Interpretations Of The Outcome7.6 The Incident At Antioch<b>8. The Independent Mission Of Paul</b>8.1 Perspective, Process, And Conflicts8.2 Persons8.3 Structures8.4 External Discourse8.5 Internal Discourse8.6 Theology In Letter Form: The Pauline Letters8.7 Paul And The Development Of Early Christianity As An Independent Movement<b>9. The Crisis Of Early Christianity Around 70 Ce</b>9.1 The Deaths Of Peter, Paul, And James And The First Persecutions9.2 The Destruction Of The Temple, The Fall Of The Jerusalem Church, And The <i>fiscus Judaicus</i>9.3 The Rise Of The Flavians9.4 The Writing Of The Gospels And Pseudepigraphy As Innovative Responses To Crises<b>10. The Establishment Of Early Christianity</b>10.1 A New Genre For A New Era: The Gospels10.2 The Synoptic Gospels And Acts As Master Narratives10.3 The Continuing Legacy Of Paul10.4 Johannine Christianity As The Fourth Great Current (stream)10.5 Jewish Christianity As An Abiding Power10.6 Perceptions By Outsiders<b>11. Dangers And Threats</b>11.1 The Delay Of The Parousia11.2 Poor And Rich11.3 Controversies/false Teachers/opponents11.4 Structures And Offices11.5 Conflicts With Judaism After 70 Ce<b>12. Persecutions Of Christians And The Imperial Cult</b>12.1 The Imperial Cult As A Political Religion12.2 Persecution Under Nero12.3 Persecution Under Domitian?12.4 Pliny And Trajan Concerning Christianity<b>13. Early Christianity As An Independent Movement</b>13.1 The New Narrative And The New Language Of The Christians13.2 New Perspectives About God13.3 Serving As A Model Of Success13.4 Early Christianity As A Religion Of The City And Of Education13.5 The Major Theological Currents And Networks Near The End Of The First Century13.6 The Expansion Of Early Christianity<b>14. The Transition To The Ancient Church</b>14.1 Claims To Power And Established Structures14.2 The Emergence Of Another Message: Early Gnosticism<b>15. Fifteen Reasons For The Success Of Early Christianity</b>works Citedindexes