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Christian Origins
Knight, Jonathan

New York: T&T Clark, 2008 pp. xiii + 455. $34.95



Description: This book provides a comprehensive and introductory account of the emergence of Christianity, as we know it today. Dealing with the Jewish background to Jesus and crucial issues as the Synoptic problem it is an ideal undergraduate textbook.In "Christian Origins" Jonathan Knight gives a comprehensive account of the emergence of Christianity as we know it today. Beginning with the Jewish background to Jesus and his teachings, Knight examines the different factions within Judaism at the time, ultimately identifying eschatology as the common link to Jesus' teaching. Knight presents this apocalyptic agenda as the mainstay of early Christian belief, and uses this as a lens through which to view the development of the Early Church, the writings of Paul and the further growth of the Church.In examining the birth of Christianity Knight alights on such crucial and intriguing issues as the Synoptic Problem, the historical figure of Jesus and the authorship of the Pauline epistles. These widespread investigations lead him to an enlightening examination of Pauline ethics and the development of sacramental understanding and Christian ministry, propelling the book beyond a basic exegetical reflection to a breathtaking demonstration of the foundations of a major world faith.

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

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Review by Markus Oehler
Published 2/3/2010
Citation: Markus Oehler, review of Jonathan Knight, Christian Origins, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2010).


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