The Birth of Christianity (Paperback)
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Short Description for The Birth of Christianity Draws on anthropological, historical, and archeological sources to examine how the early Christian movement continued after the death of Jesus.
- Published: 11 April 2003
- Format: Paperback 653 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780060616601 ISBN 10: 0060616601
- Sales rank: 219,751
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Full description for The Birth of Christianity
John Dominic Crossan, expert on the historical Jesus, explores the lost years of earliest Christianity, those immediately following the execution of Jesus. He establishes the contextual setting by an interdisciplinary combination of anthropological, historical, and archaeological approaches. He identifies the textual sources by a literary analysis of the earliest discernible layers within our present gospels, both inside and outside the New Testament. Context and text come together to challenge long-standing assumptions about the role of Paul and the meaning of resurrection, and to forge new understanding of the birth of the Christian church.