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This e-book bargains an authoritative and available creation to the hot testomony and early Christian literature for all scholars of the Bible and an individual attracted to the origins of Christianity. it's designed basically for undergraduate classes within the New testomony, religious study and early Christianity. There are questions for in-class dialogue and written project, step by step analyzing publications on person works, unique field good points, charts, maps and various illustrations designed to facilitate pupil use. With this textbook and the Bible, the scholar should still hence have all of the priceless simple texts.

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The Acts of John, the Acts of Paul, and the Acts of Thomas, for example, tell various stories about these apostles. Still other apocryphal writings claim to be revelations of heaven or the afterlife. In the Apocalypse of Peter, for instance, Jesus describes to the apostles the rewards and punishments of the final judgment. ” In 1945 an Egyptian digging in the sand at a place called Nag Hammadi discovered a large sealed jar that contained forty-five different writings in the Coptic (ancient Egyptian) language, the contents of a Gnostic Christian library.

This approach allows the student to see the literature not merely as a series of documents but as illustrations of particular perspectives within early Christianity. 8. In discussing each type of Christianity, I pay attention not only to its history and literature, but also to the distinctive features of its religion. By religion I mean not merely theology, but the various dimensions that the phenomenology of religion has used to describe religion, particularly the conceptual, social, ritual, and ethical dimensions.

Maria della Concezione, Rome (Alinari/Art Resource, NY). Preface This book introduces the history, literature, and religion of early Christianity in the years from about 30 to 150 CE. In this book, I have two aims: • to provide a textbook for a one-semester course in the New Testament and the origins of Christianity; • to provide a selection of primary sources from outside the New Testament that are relevant for the origins of Christianity. With this textbook and a Bible, the student should have the basic texts necessary for an introductory study of Christian origins.

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