Who Made Early Christianity? Hardback

The Jewish Lives of the Apostle Paul

by John G. Gager;


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Who Made Early Christianity?

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In this philosophical and theological study, John Gager undermines the Apostle Paul's rejection of Judaism, conversion to Christianity, and founding of Christian anti-Judaism. Through meticulous research and well-supported argument, he finds that the rise of Christianity occurred well after Paul's death and attributes the distortion of the Apostle's views to early and later Christians. Though these elites ascribed a rejection-replacement theology to Paul's legend, Gager shows that the Apostle was considered a loyal Jew by many of his Jesus-believing contemporaries and that later Jewish and Muslim thinkers held the same view. He holds that one of the earliest misinterpretations of Paul was to make him the founder of Christianity, and in recent times numerous Jewish and Christian readers of Paul have moved beyond this understanding. Gager also finds that Judaism did not fade away after Paul's death but continued to appeal to both Christians and pagans for centuries. Jewish synagogues remained important religious and social institutions throughout the Mediterranean world.
Making use of all possible literary and archaeological sources, including Muslim texts, Gager helps recover the long pre-history of a Jewish Paul, obscured by recent, negative portrayals of the Apostle, and recognizes the enduring bond between Jews and Christians that influenced all aspects of a developing Christianity.

Who Made Early Christianity? by John G. Gager was published by Columbia University Press in June 2015. The ISBN for Who Made Early Christianity? is 9780231174046.

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Page last updated 3rd December 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherColumbia University Press (June 2015)
Weight454g
Number of Pages208
Thickness23 mm
Height210 mm
Width140 mm
ISBN9780231174046
ISBN-100231174047
Product Code4314243
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