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Title: From Jesus to his First Followers: Continuity and Discontinuity. Anthropological and Historical Perspectives
Author: Destro, Adriana
Additional Authors or Contributors: Mauro Pesce (eds)
Publisher: Brill; Publication Date: 2017
Hardcover; ISBN: 9789004251373
Volumes: 1; Pages: 335
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From Jesus to His First Followers examines to what extent early Christian groups were in continuity or discontinuity with respect to Jesus. Adriana Destro and Mauro Pesce concentrate on the transformation of religious practices. Their anthropological-historical analysis focuses on the relations between discipleship and households, on the models of contact with the supernatural world, and on cohabitation among distinct religious groups. The book highlights how Matthew uses non-Jewish instruments of legitimation, John reformulates religious experiences through symbolized domestic slavery, Paul adopts a religious practice diffused in Roman-Hellenistic environments. The book reconstructs the map of early Christian groups in the Land of Israel and explains their divergences on the basis of an original theory of the local origin of Gospels' information.