Rise of Christian Beliefs The Thought World of Early Christians

ISBN-10: 0800662660

ISBN-13: 9780800662660

Edition: 2009

Authors: Heikki Raisanen

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Heikki Rauml;isauml;nen offers a historical survey of the "roots and first growth" of the thoughts, values, and practices of the early Christians and explains the evolution of Christian belief in terms of vital adaptations to specific challenges. An ideal textbook for university introductory courses on the New Testament and Early Christianity, The Rise of Christian Beliefs offers chapters discussing "paradigmatic events" the life and death of Jesus and experiences of Easter, principal figures and groups, last things and afterlife, savior figures and the human condition, ethnicity, identity, and morality, and ritual community life.
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List price: $39.00
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
Publication date: 7/30/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 432
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.288

Editor's Note
The Relationship to "New Testament Theology"
The Structure of the Present Work
Roots and Starting Points
Second Temple Judaism
The Aftermath of the Exile
Jewish History in Hellenistic and Roman Times
The Maccabean Uprising
Rome and Judea
Toward Disaster
Jewish Religion
Diaspora Judaism
Jewish Writings from the Period
From Palestine
From the Diaspora
Uncertain Provenance
Rabbinic Literature
Greco-Roman Religion and Philosophy
Civic Cult and Private Worship
Mystery Cults
Other Religious Phenomena
Cult of Rulers
Plato and His Followers
Stoics, Cynics, Others
Was There a Gnostic Religion?
Events, Persons, Sources
Jesus: Mission, Message, Fate
The Easter Experiences
The Beginnings of the Gentile Mission
Conflicts around the Gentile Mission
Jesus Remembered
From the Jewish War to the Early Second Century
The More Liberal Wing
The More Conservative Wing
Further Developments
The Conservative Wing
"Mystical" and Platonist Strands
Radical Paulinism
Popular Strands
Prophecies and Revelations
Christians with Gnostic Learnings
The Marginalization of Gnostic Christians
Basic Problems and Solutions
Last Things First: God, History, and Beyond
Israelite and Jewish Hopes
The God Who Acts: From Exodus to Exile
Expectations at the Time of Jesus
Jesus and God's Kingdom
On Earth or in Heaven?
Millenarian Expectation
Toward a Kingdom in Heaven
Developments after Paul
Spiritual Reinterpretations
Outcome and Impact
After Death: The Destiny of the Individual
Jewish and Greco-Roman Visions
From the World of Shadows to Different Destinies
Bodily Resurrection and Immortality of the Soul
Visions of Judgment in the Jesus Movement
Resurrection or Immortality?
Resurrection of the Flesh?
The Risen Jesus as a Model
Paul and the Corinthians: Spiritual Resurrection?
The Spiritual Trajectory after Paul
A Basic Tension and Its Consequences
Sold under Sin? The Human Condition
Israelite and Jewish Notions of Sin
Universal Sinfulness
The Origin of Sin
Sin as a Way of Life: "Sinners" as a Social Category
Sin and the Human Condition in the Jesus Movement
Sin as Transgression
"Sinners" as a Social Category in the Jesus Tradition
Under Cosmic Powers
Sin as Enslaving Power in Paul
Blinded by Ignorance
A Historical Epilogue
What Must I Do to Be Saved? Different Paths to Salvation
Covenantal Nomism
The Path of Repentance and Obedience
John and Jesus
Early Christianity
Salvation through Jesus
Jesus' Death as Saving Event
New Life in Union with Christ
Faith and Works: A Pauline Contrast
Predestination-or Universal Salvation?
Saving Knowledge
Salvation outside the Church?
Salvific Rites
True Man or True God? The Mediator of Salvation
Deliverers and Mediators in Jewish Tradition
Royal Figures
Transcendent Figures
Jesus' Self-Understanding
What Difference Did Easter Make?
Jesus' Future Task
Jesus' Present Function
Jesus' Past Ministry
Jesus' Birth
Jesus' Preexistence
From Kenosis to Epiphany
"Docetic" or "Real" Incarnation?
The Empowering Presence: Experiences and Doctrines of the Spirit
The Divine Spirit in Jewish and Greek Tradition
The Spirit and Extraordinary Phenomena
The Spirit and Everyday Christian Life
The Spirit Guides the Church
Conflicts around the Spirit
Personifying the Spirit
True Israel? From Jewish to Christian Identity
Jewish Identity
Jesus and Jewish Identity
Preserving Jewish Identity
Crossing Boundaries, Remolding Identity
Paul's Practice
Paul's Theory
Ambiguous Continuity
Toward Non-Jewish Identity
Jewish Identity Denied
A Short Epilogue
Strangers in a Transitory World: Christians and Pagans
Worshiping Idols
Idol Meat
Conflict and Apology
Harassment and Persecution
Political Apology
Pagan Philosophy and Culture
Some Effects
Toward Christian Orthodoxy
Authoritative Scripture
Authoritative Tradition
Authoritative Persons
Women as Leaders
Inner-Christian (In)tolerance
Conclusion Common Ground and Diversity in Early Christian Through
Index of Subjects
Index of Ancient Sources
Index of Modern Authors
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