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The Rise of Christian Beliefs: The Thought World of Early Christians
Räisänen, Heikki

Minneapolis: Fortress, 2010 pp. xxiv + 477. $39.00


Description: Heikki Raisanen offers a historical survey of the roots and first growth of the thoughts, values, and practices of the early Christians and explains the evolution of Christian belief in terms of vital adaptations to specific challenges. An ideal textbook for university introductory courses on the New Testament and Early Christianity, The Rise of Christian Beliefs offers chapters discussing "paradigmatic events" - the life and death of Jesus and experiences of Easter, principal figures and groups, last things and afterlife, savior figures and the human condition, ethnicity, identity, and morality, and ritual community life.

Subjects: Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Early Church Origins


Review by James D. G. Dunn
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Published 1/2/2011
Citation: James D. G. Dunn, review of Heikki Räisänen, The Rise of Christian Beliefs: The Thought World of Early Christians, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2011).


Review by Gosnell Yorke
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Published 8/3/2011
Citation: Gosnell Yorke, review of Heikki Räisänen, The Rise of Christian Beliefs: The Thought World of Early Christians, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2011).


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