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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
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
8. Judaizing Christianity
Writings of a Judaizing Christianity
The Jerusalem Church
9. Pauline Christianity afetr Paul
A Pauline School or Pauline Schools?
10 Johanine Christianity
11. The Church in the Roman Empire
2 Reference Work
3 Geberal Works on the History of Earliest Chrstianity
4 Other secondary Literature
Index of Primary Sources
Other Jewish Sources
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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