Jesus and the Rise of Early Christianity A History of New Testament Times

ISBN-10: 0830826998

ISBN-13: 9780830826995

Edition: 1999

Authors: Paul W. Barnett

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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.
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List price: $28.00
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Publication date: 5/17/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 448
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.716
Language: English

Barnett (Ph.D., London University), was until his retirement Anglican bishop of North Sydney, Australia. He remains a visiting fellow in ancient history at Macquarie University (Sydney, Australia) and research professor at Regent College (Vancouver, British Columbia). He has written several books.

Maps and Tables
The New Testament as History
New Testament Chronology
History and Myth
The Impact of Christ
The Hellenistic Background to Jesus
Herod, Idumaean, King of the Jews
Jesus' Birth & Boyhood
Jesus' Context: Galilee & Peraea
Jesus' Context: Judea
The Search for the historical Pontius Pilate
Jesus of Nazareth (c. 29-33)
Working Assumptions
The Criterion of Dissimilarity
Did Jesus Make Claims to Deity?
Resurrection, Exaltation & the Spirit
The Community of the Messiah in Jerusalem
The Use of Acts 1-5 for Historical Reconstruction
The Scattering of the Community & the Conversion of Saul (c. 34/35)
Peter in Palestine (33-47)
The Apostolate of Saul in the "Unknown Years" (c. 34-47)
Paul's Mission Strategy According to Rainer Riesner
Jews, Proselytes and God-fearers
The Inclusion of the Gentiles (47-49)
An Early Dating for Galations
The Missionary Agreement and the Jerusalem Council
James, Cephas & John
Paul's Later Ministry (c. 50-65)
Churches & Evangelists (33-100)
The Four Gospels
The Kindgom of Christ
The Birth of Christianity According to J. Dominic Crossan
Select Bibliography
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