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Sinners: Jesus and His Earliest Followers [Paperback]

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Pages   221
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.9" Width: 5.9" Height: 0.9"
Weight:   0.8 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 2009
Publisher   Baylor University Press
ISBN  1602581460  
EAN  9781602581463  

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A welcome and innovative contribution to New Testament Studies! Greg Carey sets forth an excellent and innovative example of how to read the character of Jesus from a literary, historical, and theological perspective, with an emphasis on ethics of interpretation for the postmodern world. This bold study is not afraid to take on the topic of Jesus and examine Jesus' responses to those considered "sinners" in the New Testament. Carey engages traditional topics such as the social and theological concept of sin, sinners and the impure, and the sinlessness of Jesus but he does so with an interpretative twist that brings fresh insight to the New Testament. Carey also examines more postmodern topics such as the masculinity of Jesus, the representation of how early Christians interacted with their neighbors, and with what it means for contemporary Christians take on a sinner consciousness, and its effects upon ecclesial communities and the world at large. In the wake of much conflict throughout the world and the quick casting of the Other as "sinner," Carey's work serves as an creative and important study on how to use the New Testament to promote peace rather than intolerance.

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How did early Christians remember Jesus--and how did they develop their own "Christian" identities and communities? In this accessible and revelatory book, Greg Carey explores how transgression contributed to early Christian identity in the Gospels, Acts, Letters of Paul, and Revelation. Carey examines Jesus as a friend of sinners, challenger of purity laws, transgressor of conventional masculine values of his time, and convicted seditionist. He looks at early Christian communities as out of step with "respectable" practices of their time. Finally, he provides examples of contemporary Christians whose faith requires them to "do the right thing," even when it means violating current definitions of "respectability."

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Greg Carey (Ph.D., Vanderbilt University) is Professor of New Testament, Lancaster Theological Seminary. Carey has also written: "Ultimate Things: An Introduction to Jewish and Christian Apocalyptic Literature" (2005), and "Elusive Apocalypse: Reading Authority in the Revelation to John" (1999).

Greg Carey currently resides in Lancaster. Greg Carey was born in 1965.

Greg Carey has published or released items in the following series...

  1. Core Biblical Studies

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a great book for teachers and clergy  May 4, 2009
Greg Carey's Sinners: Jesus and His Earliest Followers was a very enlightening dipiction of the reaction of society during His day to Jesus' life, His ministry, and His treatment of all of the people whom He met along the way. This book makes Jesus and His followers much more real to me as I viewed them in Roman times. I teach Sunday School and a ladies Bible class, and I will certainly refer to this book in my future classes. This is a wonderful book for Bible teachers such as I. The Epilogue and the Conclusion are especially entertaining!
Sinners: worth reading  Apr 30, 2009
Greg Carey's presentation is clear and straight forward. His writing style is precise. The book presents a unique view of early Christianity in that it seeks to reflect how early Christians saw themselves and how they were viewed by the "general pubic" in the first couple of centuries. His idea the Jesus interacted with and accepted "sinners" (he goes to great pains to describe what this label meant) without requesting repentance is interesting and challenging. This book is a worth while read for anyone (not just clergy) interested in the early days of Christianity.

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