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Why Christianity Happened

James Crossley

Why Christianity Happened

James Crossley

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James G. Crossley is Lecturer in New Testament Studies in the Department of Biblical Studies, University of Sheffield, England.

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Looking beyond theological narratives and offering a sociological, economic, and historical examination of the spread of earliest Christianity, James Crossley presents a thoroughly secular and causal explanation for why the once law-observant movement within Judaism became the beginnings of a new religion. First analyzing the historiography of the New Testament and stressing the problematic omission of a social scientific account, Crossley applies a socioeconomic lens to the rise of the Jesus movement and the centrality of sinners to his mission. Using macrosociological approaches, he explains how Jesus' Jewish teachings sparked the shift toward a gentile religion and an international monotheistic trend. Finally, using approaches from conversion studies, he provides a sociohistorical explanation for the rise of the Pauline mission.



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About "Why Christianity Happened"

James G. Crossley is Lecturer in New Testament Studies in the Department of Biblical Studies, University of Sheffield, England.
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Looking beyond theological narratives and offering a sociological, economic, and historical examination of the spread of earliest Christianity, James Crossley presents a thoroughly secular and causal explanation for why the once law-observant movement within Judaism became the beginnings of a new religion. First analyzing the historiography of the New Testament and stressing the problematic omission of a social scientific account, Crossley applies a socioeconomic lens to the rise of the Jesus movement and the centrality of sinners to his mission. Using macrosociological approaches, he explains how Jesus' Jewish teachings sparked the shift toward a gentile religion and an international monotheistic trend. Finally, using approaches from conversion studies, he provides a sociohistorical explanation for the rise of the Pauline mission.


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James Crossley

James G. Crossley (Ph.D., University of Nottingham) is lecturer in New Testament at the University of Sheffield. He is the author of The Date of Mark's Gospel: Insight from the Law in Earliest Christianity; Why Christianity Happened: A Sociohistorical Account of Christian Origins 26-50 CE; Jesus in an Age of Terror: Scholarly Projects for a New American Century and with Michael F. Bird, How Did Christianity Begin?: A Believer and Non-Believer Examine the Evidence. Most recently he has released The New Testament and Jewish Law: A Guide for the Perplexed

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  • Catalogue Code 255165
  • Product Code 0664230946
  • EAN 9780664230944
  • Pages 232
  • Department Academic
  • Category History
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Westminster John Knox Press
  • Publication Date Nov 2006
  • Dimensions 228 x 152 x 17 mm
  • Weight 0.340kg

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