Author: Paul Barnett
Topic: Jesus Christ
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In Jesus & the Rise of Early Christianity Paul Barnett not only places the New Testament within that world of Caesars and Herods, proconsuls and Pharisees, Sadducees and revolutionaries, but argues that the mainspring and driving force of early Christian history is the historical Jesus. We cannot understand the rise of Christianity apart from this Jesus, the Messiah of Israel, and the spiritual and intellectual impact he had on his immediate followers and those who succeeded them. This 450 page hardbound book is a comprehensive survey of New Testament history that will meet the needs of students and teachers of the New Testament. In its engagement with contemporary scholarship and its emphasis on the propelling role of the historical and risen Jesus in the rise of Christianity, it provides a timely rejoinder to current revisionism in the exploration of Christian origins.