The Birth Of Christianity: Discovering What Happened In The Years Immediately After The Execution…

Paperback | March 15, 1999

byJohn Dominic Crossan

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In this national bestseller, John Dominic Crossan, the world's leading expert on the historical Jesus, reveals how Christianity emerged in the period following Jesus' death. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, Crossan shines new light on the theological and cultural contexts from which the Christian church arose. He argues powerfully that Christianity would have happened with or without Paul and contends that Jesus' "resurrection" meant something vastly different for his early followers than it does for many traditional Christians today--what mattered was Christina origins finally illuminates the mysterious period that set Western religious history in its decisive course.

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Christianity had an explosive birth with the violent death of Jesus Christ. John Dominic Crossan uses a cross-disciplinary approach to relate this history. Too bad for Paul though, as the saint basically gets discounted as being the father of the Christian church by Crossan in The Birth Of Christianity. In another provocative argument,...

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In this national bestseller, John Dominic Crossan, the world's leading expert on the historical Jesus, reveals how Christianity emerged in the period following Jesus' death. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, Crossan shines new light on the theological and cultural contexts from which the Christian church arose. He argues powerfully...

In this national bestseller, John Dominic Crossan, the world's leading expert on the historical Jesus, reveals how Christianity emerged in the period following Jesus' death. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, Crossan shines new light on the theological and cultural contexts from which the Christian church arose. He argues powerfully...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:688 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 1.56 inPublished:March 15, 1999Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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Christianity had an explosive birth with the violent death of Jesus Christ. John Dominic Crossan uses a cross-disciplinary approach to relate this history. Too bad for Paul though, as the saint basically gets discounted as being the father of the Christian church by Crossan in The Birth Of Christianity. In another provocative argument, Jesus' resurrection meant something vastly different at the time of his death than the modern day meaning. It's provocative and intelligent reading.

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"...[U]ntil his critics, many of whom [Crossan] amusingly savages in this book, come back with counter-arguments, this version of what happened in the years following the Crucifixion must be read by all serious students of Christian origins. It should also be read by the not so serious student of stylish prose. For Crossan is a brilliant writer. He follows a single coherent train of thought, uninterrupted by the distraction of footnotes and punctuated by pellucid summaries. His chapters begin with well-chosen epigraphs from the works of others, which he either demolishes or reconstructs. At points where attention might wander, inevitable in a lengthy academic work, he inserts some insightful interdisciplinary parallel, or personal anecdote, or disarming direct address to the reader." (John Muddiman, Times Literary Supplement)