Why Christianity Happened
A Sociohistorical Account of Christian Origins 26-50 CE
By (author) James G. Crossley
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Why Christianity Happened by James G. Crossley
Book DescriptionLooking 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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Book DetailsISBN: 9780664230944
(229mm x 152mm x 13mm)
Imprint: Westminster/John Knox Press,U.S.
Publisher: Westminster/John Knox Press,U.S.
Publish Date: 3-Nov-2006
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author James G. Crossley
Jesus and the Chaos of History, Hardback (February 2015)
This book is an analysis of historical Jesus scholarship in its economic and cultural contexts.
Jesus in an Age of Neoliberalism, Paperback (July 2013)» View all books by James G. Crossley
'Jesus in an Age of Neoliberalism' analyses the ideology underpinning contemporary scholarly and popular quests for the historical Jesus. Focusing on cultural and political issues, the book examines postmodernism, multiculturalism and the liberal masking of power.
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Author Biography - James G. Crossley
James G. Crossley lectures in the Department of Biblical Studies at the University of Sheffield. His publications include The Date of Mark's Gospel: Insight from the Law in Earliest Christianity and Writing History, Constructing Religion.
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