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The Religion of the Earliest Churches: Creating a Symbolic World

Author: 
Gerd Theissen (Author) John Bowden (Translator)
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Description

In these distinguished Oxford lectures, Theissen picks up where he left off in The Historical Jesus (1998). Employing the notion of religion as a "cultural sign language which promises a gain in life by corresponding to an ultimate reality," he plots the emergence of Christianity as a religion, with elements of myth, ritual, ethics, and an emergent symbolic system. He expands upon the historical, social, and theological analysis of his earlier works to cover such issues as the relationship of Jesus to the earliest churches, power, possessions, interpretations of Jesus' death, and the separation of the church and synagogue.

  • Theissen's most complete and systematic treatment of early Christianity to date
  • Traces the gradual emergence of the most important beliefs about Jesus
  • Encompasses beliefs, ethics, ritual, and the origin of the New Testament canon in one synthesis
ISBN: 
9780800631796
Price: 
$30.00
Release date: 
November 17, 1999
Pages: 
416
Width: 
9.25
Height: 
6.25