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Jesus & the Rise of Early Christianity: A History of New Testament Times [Paperback]

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Pages   448
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.9" Width: 6" Height: 1.2"
Weight:   1.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 1, 2002
Publisher   IVP-InterVarsity Press
ISBN  0830826998  
EAN  9780830826995  

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Gain new insight into first-century Christianity as you explore the world of Caesars and Herods, proconsuls and Pharisees, Sadducees and revolutionaries. Presenting a well-reasoned response to current revisionist views, Barnett argues that we can't fully comprehend the growth of the Christian faith apart from understanding Jesus' impact on his followers---and ultimately the world.

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The pathway to understanding the New Testament leads through the vibrant landscape of the first-century Greco-Roman world. The New Testament is rooted in the concrete historical events of that world. 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. From his intimate acquaintance with the sources, the evidence and the problems of New Testament history, Barnett offers fresh insights. His telling of the story skillfully avoids the encumbrance of extraneous details and side journeys. From the brith of Jesus to the founding of the messianic community, from the rise of Paul's mission to the Gentiles to the writing of the Gospels, Barnett offers a comprehensive account of the movement that would change the face of world history. Jesus & the Rise of Early Christianity is a comprehensive survey of New Testament history that will meet the needs of students and teachers of the New Testament. In its engagment 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 revisionist exploration of Christian origins.

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Very good NT historical survey  Mar 12, 2004
"The thesis of this book has been that Jesus of Nazareth, the historical Jesus, became through death, bodily resurrection and ascension the Christ of faith." Jesus Seminar fans will not want to read this book.

The book is an excellent text for those conservative Christians who want to know more history (and we should want to know more) than what can be learned in the typical church service, Sunday School class, other discipleship training.

The writer is conservative, but obviously not narrow (i.e., fundamentalist). He goes mostly with traditional views of NT authorship.

His references to other scholars are not extensive but adequate. He often refers to Martin Hengel, F.F. Bruce, Rainer Riesner, etc. He is critical of N.T. Wright, but not seriously, and not convincingly. His references to other historical sources are primarily Josephus and Eusebius, etc. He refers a lot to early church fathers. Although he firmly believes Christianity was born of Judaism, Barnett refers only lightly to relevant Jewish literature (apart from OT), and he does not refer to writers like Bruce Chilton or Jacob Nuesner.

Barnett presents well traditional views, and contributes some interesting obsevations of his own, plus some less well know ideas. For example, he believes Nazareth was a village of King David's descendants who re-settled there after the return from Babylon and wanted to maintain a low profile in a time when such an ancestry might put one in danger of political execution.

I didn;t get much out of his traditional presentaton of why Jesus' blood sacrifice was necessary to make things right with God. I also thought he was weak in the current discussion about justification (convenantal nomism). He admittedly stayed away from theological issues and focused more on historical issues.

Barnett is a sensible scholar, not afraid to make sensible comments such as, "Such a brief gap [between Jesus and Paul] allows no time for Jesus to become what he was not in himself."

It was a good read, and I recommend to others as an intermediate level text.

a good introduction or refresher  Dec 23, 2000
This book does a good job of supplying basic background for a better understanding of the New Testament. NT history,social and cultural, is clearly set out. The genres (gospel,epistle etc.)are discussed and correctives are provided to balance the baleful influence of the 'Jesus Seminar' yahoos. Good, modern, conservative evaluations, not fundamentalist knee-jerk reactions.
About Time  Apr 18, 2000
Paul Barnett has written a timely book. There has been much written in recent times about how Jesus and history cannot be ever matched. Barnett who is faithful to the Bible and to history has brought the two together. It is a refreshing approach after the various ultra liberal writers publishings, which seem to just rubbish every aspect of faithful Biblical belief.

this book is a must for every Biblical and theological scholar, and for the faithful Christian who feels that the ultra liberal writers are under-mining their faith.

An authoritative reference on the roots of Christianity  Mar 25, 2000
A valuable and comprehensive discussion of who Jesus Christ is -- from both historical and biblical points of view -- by a well-qualified author.

The author's insights will help me again and again as I seek to read and understand the New Testament.


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