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Why Christianity happened : a sociohistorical account of Christian origins (26-50 CE)

Author: James G Crossley
Publisher: Louisville, Ky. : Westminster John Knox Press, ©2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"Looking beyond theological narratives and offering a sociological, economic, and historical examination of the spread of earliest Christianity, James Crossley presents a thoroughly secular and causal explanation for why the once law-observant movement within Judaism became the beginnings of a new religion. First analyzing the historiography of the New Testament and stressing the problematic omission of a social  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: James G Crossley
ISBN: 0664230946 9780664230944
OCLC Number: 69021049
Description: xv, 232 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Toward a secular approach to Christian origins : the use of the social sciences in New Testament scholarship --
Peasant unrest and the emergence of Jesus' specific view of the law --
Jesus and the sinners --
From Jewish sinners to gentile sinners : the beginnings of the spread of earliest Christianity --
Recruitment, conversion, and key shifts in law observance : the origins of the Pauline mission.
Responsibility: James G. Crossley.
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"Looking beyond theological narratives and offering a sociological, economic, and historical examination of the spread of earliest Christianity, James Crossley presents a thoroughly secular and causal explanation for why the once law-observant movement within Judaism became the beginnings of a new religion. First analyzing the historiography of the New Testament and stressing the problematic omission of a social scientific account, Crossley applies a socioeconomic lens to the rise of the Jesus movement and the centrality of sinners to his mission. Using macrosociological approaches, he explains how Jesus' Jewish teachings sparked the shift toward a gentile religion and an international monotheistic trend. Finally, using approaches from conversion studies, he provides a sociohistorical explanation for the rise of the Pauline mission."--Publisher's website.

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