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A theory of primitive Christian religion

Author: Gerd Theissen
Publisher: London : SCM Press, 2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This is a discussion of "primitive" - or original - Christianity. Covering the first five years, it argues that neither a theology nor a history can do justice to the subject and discusses the two  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Early works
Early works to 1800
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gerd Theissen
ISBN: 0334029139 9780334029137
OCLC Number: 51835702
Notes: "Translated by John Bowden from the German ..."--Title page verso.
Description: xiv, 393 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: The programme of a theory of primitive Christian religion --
The 'essence' of religion : religion as a cultural sign system --
The function of religion : religion as the promise of a gain in life --
Basic problems of a theory of primitive religion --
Myth and history in primitive Christianity --
The significance of the historical Jesus for the origin of primitive Christian religion : the revitalization of the Jewish religion by Jesus --
Myth in the preaching of the historical Jesus --
The ethic of Judaism and the preaching of Jesus --
The Jewish rites and the preaching of Jesus --
The political situation of Judaism and the historical Jesus --
Myth and Jesus' understanding of himself --
How did Jesus come to be deified? The transformation of the Jewish sign system by post-Easter belief in Christ --
The exaltation of Jesus as a way of surmounting dissonance --
The exaltation of Jesus as the intensification of the basic conviction of monotheism --
The exaltation of Jesus as the outdoing of competition --
The ethics of primitive Christianity --
The two basic values of the primitive Christian ethic : love of neighbour and renunciation of status --
Love of neighbour as the first basic value in primitive Christianity --
Renunciation of status as the second basic value in primitive Christianity --
The primitive Christian 'myth' and the two basic values of primitive Christianity --
Dealing with power and possessions in primitive Christianity. Ethical demands in the light of the two basic values : I --
A change of value in dealing with power and rule --
A change of value in dealing with possessions and wealth --
Dealing with wisdom and holiness in primitive Christianity. Ethical demands in the light of the two basic values : II --
A change of value in dealing with wisdom --
A change of value in dealing with holiness and cleanness --
The ritual sign language of primitive Christianity --
The origin of the primitive Christian sacraments from symbolic actions --
The ritual sign language of primitive Christianity as a whole --
Symbolic actions as preliminary forms of the sacraments --
The transformation of prophetic symbolic actions into primitive Christian sacraments --
The sacrificial interpretation of the death of Jesus and the end of sacrifice --
The replacement of sacrifice in the primitive Christian period --
The sacrificial interpretation of the death of Jesus --
The functions of traditional sacrifice --
Primitive Christian sign language as a functional equivalent of the traditional sacrifices. Primitive Christian religion as an autonomous sign world --
The way from primitive Christian religion to an autonomous sign world : from Paul to the Synoptic Gospels --
The beginning of the development towards the autonomy of primitive Christian religion : the Apostolic Council and Paul --
The way to autonomy of primitive Christian religion and the Synoptic Gospels --
The Gospel of John : the internal autonomy of the primitive Christian sign world is brought to consciousness --
The programme of the Johannine hermeneutic-in-stages in the prologue --
The implementation of the Johannine hermeneutic-in-stages --
The self-organization of the primitive Christian sign system in the Gospel of John --
The crises and consolidation of primitive Christianity --
The crises of primitive Christianity --
The Judaistic crisis in the first century --
The Gnostic crisis in the second century --
The prophetic crises in the first and second centuries --
Plurality and unity in primitive Christianity and the origin of the canon --
Plurality in Christianity up to the formation of the canon --
The formation of the canon as a confession of plurality --
The inner canon within the canon : the grammar of primitive Christian faith --
Conclusion : the construction and plausibility of the primitive Christian sign world --
The construction of the primitive Christian religion : a summary --
The plausibility of primitive Christian religion.
Other Titles: Theorie der urchristlichen Religion.
Responsibility: Gerd Theissen.

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