After Jesus Before Christianity: A Historical Exploration Of The First Two Centuries Of Jesus Movements
  • After Jesus Before Christianity: A Historical Exploration Of The First Two Centuries Of Jesus Movements
  • After Jesus Before Christianity: A Historical Exploration Of The First Two Centuries Of Jesus Movements
ISBN: 0063062151
EAN13: 9780063062153
Language: English
Release Date: Nov 2, 2021
Pages: 320
Weight: 1 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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After Jesus Before Christianity: A Historical Exploration Of The First Two Centuries Of Jesus Movements

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Book Overview

From the creative minds of the scholarly group behind the groundbreaking Jesus Seminar comes this provocative and eye-opening look at the roots of Christianity that offers a thoughtful reconsideration of the first two centuries of the Jesus movement, transforming our understanding of the religion and its early dissemination.

Christianity has endured for more than two millennia and is practiced by billions worldwide today. Yet that longevity has created difficulties for scholars tracing the religion's roots, distorting much of the historical investigation into the first two centuries of the Jesus movement. But what if Christianity died in the fourth or fifth centuries after it began? How would that change how historians see and understand its first two hundred years?

Considering these questions, three Bible scholars from the Westar Institute summarize the work of the Christianity Seminar and its efforts to offer a new way of thinking about Christianity and its roots. Synthesizing the institute's most recent scholarship--bringing together the many archaeological and textual discoveries over the last twenty years--they have found:

    There were multiple Jesus movements, not a singular one, before the fourth centuryThere was nothing called Christianity until the third centuryThere was much more flexibility and diversity within Read More chevron_right

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   Early Christianity according to the Woke
The earliest Christian belief was found in the Book of Revelation, according to the Christian Science Monitor. Very much uses early Christian remains to push a modern agenda of equity, resistance, and plurality. There are many accurate and correct interpretations of the evidence, but it is all encased in Woke concerns and ideology. One can quickly see how their view of ancient Rome is driven by their modern view of Colonialism, white supremacy, and patriarchalism. None of these has any real applications to a society from 2,000 years ago. The Beatles' music "was not that great." The Vatican has also said that it wants to "idealize ancient Christians" as resistors of all evil. The danger is that you get entrenched so firmly in one's modern ideology that you can't see anything else.
 
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   Great
Challenging and highly original work, The Age of Miracles is an excellent introduction to Christology and Christian apologetics.
 
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   Excellent, scholarly contribution to conversation about the After Jesus Communities
This work moves forward the conversation around the After Jesus Communities, which scholars have erroneously called the Early Church. The authors of this book say the "master narrative" commonly accepted as reflecting the history of what becomes the Christian Church is wrong. There was no such community, but rather, an extremely diverse group of people. The work builds on more than 35 years of work by the Jesus Seminar, which began in 1985. My one criticism is the choice of the authors of the phrase "gender bending" when referring to one of the markers of these communities. What they mean, they say, is that these After Jesus Communities did not adhere to the first century stereotypes of gender roles. My problem is that in our over-sexualized age, the phrase gender bending can be misunderstood to refer to sexual roles, which is not what the authors mean.
 
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   Good book, fills a need
Good Books fills the need for a good book on the history of Jesus' people in the first two centuries of the Current Era. It is a well organized and well presented book, allowing this neophyte to absorb a lot of information. This book is highly recommended.
 
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   Research presented on the first Jesus Movements of the first and second centuries CE
Historians and Christian scholars alike will be delighted to hear that this book works its way backwards into the first and second centuries to discover what the first Jesus movements looked like. He added that the work done by the scholars "is aimed at laypeople who may have interest in these pursuits."
 
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