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Christian Origins (Paperback)

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Paperback 384 Pages / Published: 19/06/2008
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This book provides a comprehensive and introductory account of the emergence of Christianity, as we know it today. Dealing with the Jewish background to Jesus and crucial issues as the Synoptic problem it is an ideal undergraduate textbook.In "Christian Origins" Jonathan Knight gives a comprehensive account of the emergence of Christianity as we know it today. Beginning with the Jewish background to Jesus and his teachings, Knight examines the different factions within Judaism at the time, ultimately identifying eschatology as the common link to Jesus' teaching. Knight presents this apocalyptic agenda as the mainstay of early Christian belief, and uses this as a lens through which to view the development of the Early Church, the writings of Paul and the further growth of the Church.In examining the birth of Christianity Knight alights on such crucial and intriguing issues as the Synoptic Problem, the historical figure of Jesus and the authorship of the Pauline epistles. These widespread investigations lead him to an enlightening examination of Pauline ethics and the development of sacramental understanding and Christian ministry, propelling the book beyond a basic exegetical reflection to a breathtaking demonstration of the foundations of a major world faith.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9780567033512
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 1066 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 23 mm


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"Christian Origins does many things well. It traces major theological and historical developments beginning with the Bronze Age "Settlement" of Israel in the Land of Canaan and concluding with the second century C.E. rise of Gnosticism, focusing especially on Jesus and Paul. It also quickly surveys the Jewish soil out of which Christianity grew, focusing on apocalyptic expectation, different parties in Judaism (Pharisees, Sadducees, etc.), the synagogue, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and other important matters. In spite of covering so much ground, however, Knight emphasizes that this ground is not at all flat, and explores the contours and landmarks of numerous scholarly debates to show that 'our understanding of biblical history is in continual process of reassessment' (p. 20)...To offer an accessible introduction that also accounts for scholarly debates is a very difficult balance to achieve, and Knight is to be commended."
-George L. Parsenios, Interpretation, July 2010

"Jonathan Knight has written a fast-paced and comprehensive introduction to Christian origins. His work moves from the Old Testament through to the Gnostics. While Knight certainly has his own opinions on topics he does a very able job of introducing the viewpoints of other scholars. Christian Origins could serve as a useful textbook for students, or provide an easy-to-read introduction for those interested in exploring this topic for the first time." - Stanley Porter, President, Dean and Professor of New Testament, McMaster Divinity College, Ontario, Canada--Sanford Lakoff


"In Christian Origins Jonathan Knight describes the emergence of Christianity from Judaism and seeks to do justice to the character of early Christian theology. In accessible terms, he selectively but critically engages with scholarship in the Old and New Testaments, Judaism, and the history of the Church." - Bruce Chilton, Bernard Iddings Bell Professor of Religion, Bard College, New York, USA--Sanford Lakoff


"While this book is targeted at undergraduates, any Christian would find it illuminating and have their understanding of the scriptures enriched."Hereford Diocese, Spring 2010
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"Christian Origins does many things well.A It traces major theological and historical developments beginning with the Bronze Age "Settlement" of Israel in the Land of Canaan and concluding with the second century C.E. rise of Gnosticism, focusing especially on Jesus and Paul.A It also quickly surveys the Jewish soil out of which Christianity grew, focusing on apocalyptic expectation, different parties in Judaism (Pharisees, Sadducees, etc.), the synagogue, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and other important matters.A In spite of covering so much ground, however, Knight emphasizes that this ground is not at all flat, and explores the contours and landmarks of numerous scholarly debates to show that 'our understanding of biblical history is in continual process of reassessment' (p. 20)...To offer an accessible introduction that also accounts for scholarly debates is a very difficult balance to achieve, and Knight is to be commended." -George L. Parsenios, Interpretation, July 2010
Religious Studies Review

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