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From Jesus to the Church: The First Christian Generation

by Craig A. Evans

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Couldn't finish this. Got to the 13% point on my kindle. I'm very interested in First century Christians and, even though I'm Catholic, thought that reading a Protestant take on the subject wouldn't make a difference since history is history. However, I was unimpressed with the extreme use of the words "seems to", "may have", and "I think". I don't want this author's opinion, I want facts and am used to reading Catholic books that use the authority of the church fathers and don't guess or think. I also was not prepared to read a whole chapter on Jeasus' "brother" James. Not against reading about James but in the context that Jesus had any siblings. Obviously, not a book for me. ( )
  ElizaJane | Mar 18, 2014 |
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Did Jesus intend to found a church separate from Judaism? Who were the very first followers of Jesus? And how did a clash between two families--the family of Jesus on one hand and the family of high priest Annas and their aristocratic allies on the other--eventually lead to the formation of Christianity?

In this study, best-selling author Craig A. Evans looks at how a tumultuous chain of events from 30-70 CE--beginning with Jesus's entry into Jerusalem and subsequent crucifixion and ending with the destruction of the temple--led to the separation between the followers of Jesus and other Jews. Topics include the following: 1) whether Jesus actually intended to found the Christian Church; 2) the ways in which Jesus's proclamation of the "Kingdom of God" relate to the Christian Church; 3) the role of James, brother of Jesus, in the new movement in Jerusalem; 4) the tension between James and Paul in the matter of law and works; 5) the conflict between the families and followers of Jesus and those of the high priest Annas before the destruction of the temple; and 6) the aftermath of the Jewish rebellion, whereby the Church moved away from its Jewish roots. An appendix further explores the reasons behind the rift between the Jesus movement and the synagogue. This fascinating volume is suitable for historical Jesus and early church studies, along with anyone else interested in learning about the very first followers of Jesus.

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