“A splendid feast of a book, rich with insights from archaeology and cultural history.” (Wayne A. Meeks, Woolsey Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies, Yale UniversityWayne A. Meeks, Woolsey Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies, Yale University )
White, who teaches Christian origins at the University of Texas at Austin and who co-wrote the PBS special From Jesus to Christ, chronicles the evolution of early Christianity as a family history. The first "generation" (30–70 C.E.) saw the death of Jesus, the rise of Paul and the end of the Jewish revolt against Rome. In the second (70–110 C.E.), tensions developed between the Jesus sect and Judaism, a separation that became permanent in the third generation (110–150 C.E.), when Jesus' followers broke away from their Jewish roots and began to develop their own institutional identity and intrareligious squabbles. Finally, by the fourth generation (150–190 C.E.), Christianity had assumed an integral role in the social and intellectual context of the Roman Empire.
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