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History of the First Christians (A J M Wedderburn) Paperback Book, (Bloomsbury T & T Clark, 2004) 9780567084132
History of the First Christians (A J M Wedderburn) Paperback Book, (Bloomsbury T & T Clark, 2004) 9780567084132
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Title: History of the First Christians

Author: Wedderburn, A J M

Publisher: Bloomsbury T & T Clark; Publication Date: 2004

Paperback; ISBN: 9780567084132

Volumes: 1; Pages: 288

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This work provides a survey of the history of the earliest Christian church in the period up to the fall of Jerusalem. It concentrates on: the figure of Paul; judicious and critical use of information in the Book of Acts; Judaizing versions of Christianity; and the Johannine tradition.

The approach steers a middle way between an over-simplified account which fails to warn students where scholarly opinion is divided, and an in-depth academic study which attempts to document and discuss every hypothesis. Wedderburn focuses on aspects of central importance: the changing shape of church life and developing Christianity in relation to the Roman Empire and to Judaism.

This book seeks to draw together and make more readily accessible many new insights gained from an enormous range of recent scholarly studies in German and English, and places them in the context of a more general account.

Table of Contents


1. Introduction

When to Stop?

A Fragmentary StorySources--The Pauline Letters

- The Book of Acts

2. The First Beginnings

Appearances of the Risen Jesus

Regrouping in Jerusalem?


A Jewish Group?

3. Stephen and His Group

'Hebrews' and 'Hellenists'

The Problem and It's Solution


The Outbreak of Persecution

4. The Spread of Christianity



Peter and Cornelius


5. Paul-The Hidden Years

The Pre-Christian Paul

The Conversion of PaulreturnBefore the Conference in Jerusalem

6. Agreement and Strife

Pauline Chronology--Acts and galatians -

An Absoloute Chronology

7. Paul the Missionary

The Course of Paul's Missionary work

The Nature of the Pauline Communities

The Problems of the Pauline Communities

The Collection

8. Judaizing Christianity


Writings of a Judaizing Christianity

The Jerusalem Church

9. Pauline Christianity afetr Paul

A Pauline School or Pauline Schools?

'Early Catholicism'?

10 Johanine Christianity

11. The Church in the Roman Empire



Select Bibliography

1Primary Sources

2 Reference Work

3 Geberal Works on the History of Earliest Chrstianity

4 Other secondary Literature

Index of Primary Sources

Old Testament

Other Jewish Sources

New Testament

Other Early Christian Literature and Gnostic Sources

Other Graeco-Roman Literature and Sources

Index of Authors (Secondary Literature)

Index of Subjects

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