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Why Christianity Happened: A Sociohistorical Account of Christian Origins (26-50 CE) [Paperback]

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Pages   232
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.98" Width: 6" Height: 0.67"
Weight:   0.8 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 3, 2011
Publisher   Westminster John Knox Press
ISBN  0664230946  
EAN  9780664230944  


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Looking beyond theological narratives and offering a sociological, economic, and historical examination of the spread of earliest Christianity, James Crossley presents a thoroughly secular and causal explanation for why the once law-observant movement within Judaism became the beginnings of a new religion. First analyzing the historiography of the New Testament and stressing the problematic omission of a social scientific account, Crossley applies a socioeconomic lens to the rise of the Jesus movement and the centrality of sinners to his mission. Using macrosociological approaches, he explains how Jesus' Jewish teachings sparked the shift toward a gentile religion and an international monotheistic trend. Finally, using approaches from conversion studies, he provides a sociohistorical explanation for the rise of the Pauline mission.

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Looking beyond theological narratives and offering a sociological, economic, and historical examination of the spread of earliest Christianity, James Crossley presents a thoroughly secular and causal explanation for why the once law-observant movement within Judaism became the beginnings of a new religion. First analyzing the historiography of the New Testament and stressing the problematic omission of a social scientific account, Crossley applies a socioeconomic lens to the rise of the Jesus movement and the centrality of sinners to his mission. Using macrosociological approaches, he explains how Jesus' Jewish teachings sparked the shift toward a gentile religion and an international monotheistic trend. Finally, using approaches from conversion studies, he provides a sociohistorical explanation for the rise of the Pauline mission.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! James G. Crossley is Lecturer in New Testament studies in the Department of Biblical Studies at University of Sheffield, UK. He is the author of "Jesus in an Age of Terror: Scholarly Projects for a New American Century" (London Equinox, forthcoming 2008/9); "Why Christianity Happened: A Sociohistorical Account of Christian Origins 26-50CE" (Louisville WJK, 2006); "The Date of Mark's Gospel: Insight from the Law in Earliest Christianity" (London T&T Clark/Continuum, 2004) and co-author, with M. F. Bird, of "Two Views of Christian Origins: A Secular-Evangelical Debate" London SPCK, forthcoming 2008). He is co-edited (with Christian Karner) "Writing History, Constructing Religion" (Aldershot Ashgate, 2005).

James G. Crossley has an academic affiliation as follows - University of Sheffield, UK.

James G. Crossley has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Journal for the Study of the New Testament Supplement (Paperback


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