When Christians Were Jews: The First Generation

November 30, 2018 - Comment

A compelling account of Christianity’s Jewish beginnings, from one of the world’s leading scholars of ancient religion How did a group of charismatic, apocalyptic Jewish missionaries, working to prepare their world for the impending realization of God’s promises to Israel, end up inaugurating a movement that would grow into the gentile church? Committed to Jesus’s

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A compelling account of Christianity’s Jewish beginnings, from one of the world’s leading scholars of ancient religion

How did a group of charismatic, apocalyptic Jewish missionaries, working to prepare their world for the impending realization of God’s promises to Israel, end up inaugurating a movement that would grow into the gentile church? Committed to Jesus’s prophecy—“The Kingdom of God is at hand!”—they were, in their own eyes, history’s last generation. But in history’s eyes, they became the first Christians.
 
In this electrifying social and intellectual history, Paula Fredriksen answers this question by reconstructing the life of the earliest Jerusalem community. As her account arcs from this group’s hopeful celebration of Passover with Jesus, through their bitter controversies that fragmented the movement’s midcentury missions, to the city’s fiery end in the Roman destruction of Jerusalem, she brings this vibrant apostolic community to life. Fredriksen offers a vivid portrait both of this temple-centered messianic movement and of the bedrock convictions that animated and sustained it.

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Anonymous says:

Clarifying The Beliefs and Ideas of the First Generation of Jesus Follwing Jews Provides a clear understanding of our most important and puzzling questions….why the mission of the Jewish Jesus followers changed and expanded over time and how and why the conception of Jesus changed from prophet, to Davidic messiah, to divinity.By placing this and many other questions in historical context and the context of the development of Christianity and pre Christianity over time a great deal becomes clear.The writing is crystal clear and understandable for all those…

Anonymous says:

Well Written and Well Researched I had so many questions regarding this time period; emersing myself in this book, I found a wealth of information as well as answers. What a joy, I could go into various Bible quotes and try to sound very authoritative, but surffice to say, I am so very glad to have the privilege of reading this book and exploring many of the questions posed by the author. Try it on for size, you may glad that you did.

Anonymous says:

Essential Reading The perfect book for your reading club or church/synagogue group.If you’re looking for a text to bridge the gap between ‘introduction’ and ‘scholarly work’ , this is the text you should choose.The key to this book is Fredriksen’s ability to bring together the writings of Paul, the Dead Sea Scrolls, Jewish ‘historians’ (eg, Josephus), inscriptions in Jewish synagogues, and other sources.An impeccable scholar with a gift for communicating the ‘here and now’ of…

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