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Conceptions of “Gospel” and Legitimacy in Early Christianity
Kelhoffer, James A.

Tubingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2014 pp. xxiv + 400. $237.00

Series Information
Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament, 324

Description: Whether he is asking about the role of New Testament exegesis among other academic disciplines, the suppression of anger in Pauline writings, or at what point came to designate a written "Gospel," James A. Kelhoffer's patient and careful exegesis provides an intriguing lens through which to view early Christianity. Many struggles of early Christ believers, he finds, reflect intra-ecclesial struggles to establish the legitimacy of a view or a religious leader vis-à-vis competing ideologies or leaders. Those already familiar with Kelhoffer's Miracle and Mission (2000), The Diet of John the Baptist (2005) and Persecution, Persuasion and Power (2010) will find in this volume refreshing insights suggested but not developed in his other books.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Synoptic Gospels, Johannine Literature, John, Pauline Epistles, 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha, Old Testament Apocrypha, 1 Maccabees, 2 Maccabees, New Testament Apocrypha, Greco-Roman Literature, Early Christian Literature, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Early Church Origins, Form, Tradition and Redaction Criticism, Textual Criticism

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Review by Albert Lukaszewski
Published 7/30/2015
Citation: Albert Lukaszewski, review of James A. Kelhoffer, Conceptions of “Gospel” and Legitimacy in Early Christianity, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2015).

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