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Why Christianity Happened: A Sociohistorical Account of Christian Origins (26-50 CE)

Crossley, James G.

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ISBN 10: 0664230946 / ISBN 13: 9780664230944
Published by Westminster John Knox Press, Louisville, KY, 2006
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Title: Why Christianity Happened: A Sociohistorical...

Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press, Louisville, KY

Publication Date: 2006

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: No jacket issued

Edition: 1st Edition

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Looking beyond theological narratives and offering a sociological, economic, and historical examination of the spread of earliest Christianity, James Crossley presents a thoroughly secular and causal explanation for why the once law-observant movement within Judaism became the beginnings of a new religion. First analyzing the historiography of the New Testament and stressing the problematic omission of a social scientific account, Crossley applies a socioeconomic lens to the rise of the Jesus movement and the centrality of sinners to his mission. Using macrosociological approaches, he explains how Jesus' Jewish teachings sparked the shift toward a gentile religion and an international monotheistic trend. Finally, using approaches from conversion studies, he provides a sociohistorical explanation for the rise of the Pauline mission.

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James G. Crossley lectures in the Department of Biblical Studies at the University of Sheffield. His publications include The Date of Mark's Gospel: Insight from the Law in Earliest Christianity and Writing History, Constructing Religion.

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