The People's Jesus: Trajectories in Early Christianity

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Seeking the patterns of thought that shaped early beliefs about Jesus as the Christ, the late Robin Scroggs explores the settings in life that sparked the primary christological themes and traces their trajectories through the literature that made up the New Testament.

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Robin Scroggs was Edward Robinson Professor of Biblical Theology at Union Theological Seminary in New York. His Fortress Press books include Paul for a New Day (1977), The New Testament and Homosexuality (1983), Christology in Paul and John (Proclamation Commentaries, 1988), and The Text and the Times: New Testament Essays for Today (1993).

Marshall D. Johnson is a biblical scholar, pastor, and former editorial director of Fortress Press. He is the author of Making Sense of the Bible (2002), The Evolution of Christianity (2005), and The Apostle's Creed: A User's Guide (Augsburg, 2008).

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"Robin Scroggs's The People's Jesus asks one of the most crucial and strangely neglected questions for the study of the early Jesus movement: How did the vision and beliefs of the Jesus movement appeal to the ordinary believer and why did they find them meaningful? By tracing three trajectories--the identifications of Jesus as the cosmocrator, as the apocalyptic judge, and as the miracle-working Christos--Scroggs is able to construct a conceptual map that encompasses the core vision of the documents of the New Testament. This volume is full of deep learning, balanced judgment, and an extraordinary effort to discern coherent structures permeating earliest Christianity." --John S. Kloppenborg, Department for the Study of Religion, University of Toronto

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