From Jesus to Christianity: How Four Generations of Visionaries and Storytellers Created the New Testament and Christian Faith

From Jesus to Christianity How Four Generations of Visionaries and Storytellers Created the New Testament and Christian Faith The path from Jesus to Christianity is not as straight as we might think Now for the first time L Michael White one of the world s foremost scholars on the origins of Christianity provides the com

  • Title: From Jesus to Christianity: How Four Generations of Visionaries and Storytellers Created the New Testament and Christian Faith
  • Author: L. Michael White
  • ISBN: 9780060816100
  • Page: 115
  • Format: Paperback
  • The path from Jesus to Christianity is not as straight as we might think Now, for the first time, L Michael White, one of the world s foremost scholars on the origins of Christianity, provides the complete, astonishing story of how Christianity grew from the personal vision of a humble Jewish peasant living in a remote province of the Roman Empire into the largest organiThe path from Jesus to Christianity is not as straight as we might think Now, for the first time, L Michael White, one of the world s foremost scholars on the origins of Christianity, provides the complete, astonishing story of how Christianity grew from the personal vision of a humble Jewish peasant living in a remote province of the Roman Empire into the largest organized religion in the world.Many take for granted that the New Testament is a single book representing God s coherent, unwavering word on Jesus and his church A closer reading reveals not one story, but many The New Testament is a collection of books the result of a variety of influences on a number of faithful but very human visionaries, preachers, and storytellers The texts contain a wealth of biographies, histories, novels, letters, sermons, hymns, church manuals, and apocalypses, providing a spectrum of views of Jesus, his message, and his movement.Given this diversity of people, stories, and drastically different points of view, how did Christianity ever become what we know it as today White draws on the most current scholarship to bring alive these ancient people and their debates, showing in depth how their stories were formed into what the world has come to know as the New Testament.Rather than reading the New Testament straight through in its traditional order Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, and so on White takes a historical approach, looking at the individual books in the sequence in which they were actually written He explores what these books divulge about the disagreements, shared values, and unifying mission of the earliest Christian communities White digs through layers of archaeological excavations, sifts through buried fragments of largely unknown texts, and examines historical sources to discover what we can know of Jesus and his early followers.It is this early, hidden history that shaped Christianity as it grew from an errant, messianic movement to a state religion and then into a world religion that has lasted for over two thousand years White shows how the early debates spurred the evolution of Christianity as we know it He delves into the arguments over how to understand Jesus as both human and divine, the role of women in the church, the diversity of beliefs among Christian communities, the Gnostic influences, and the political disputes that raged over which books would ultimately be included in the New Testament Complete with illustrations, photos, charts, and maps, From Jesus to Christianity presents the fullest picture yet of the beginnings of what became the most popular religion on earth.

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    1. If anyone out there is looking for a one-stop introduction to early Christianity, this might well be it. In fact, I usually use an index card to try to organize what I want to say in reviews, but about one hundred pages into the book, I realized that there was just so much information here that I would never be able to do justice to everything “From Jesus to Christianity” has to offer. Don’t let the “By The Featured Expert on the PBS Special ‘From Jesus to Christ’” sticker on the f [...]

    2. Impressively streamlined presentation of a massive conglomeration of scholarly material. Uses lots of effective charts and includes plenty of interesting details of geography, culture, and art, thanks to White's background in archaeology. Unfortunately, it doesn't really trace its historical reconstruction out from Jesus, as the title promises, and that has a very significant impact on the rest of the book.

    3. Well written discussion and analysis of the early years of Christianity. I learned a lot, and I greatly enjoyed the book.

    4. This fascinating book documents the evolution of Christianity from a Jewish Jesus messiah faith (Paul’s authentic letters, Matthew) to an anti-Jewish Christ as son of God faith. For example, the book of Hebrews midrash developed a theology in which Christ, and thus Christianity, superseded Moses, the temple and the law as a means of approach to God. Although written 30-50 years after Paul’s letters, when the Hebrews was placed in the collection of Paul’s letters immediately following Roman [...]

    5. This is the story of the storytellers. Books preserve the story. Books make possible for later generations to encounter a bygone era. In books, the medium of communication is complex and the reader bears a burden to understand the story and the culture of its time. to place it in the proper context. This book is the story of the origin and development of the Christian movement as told by the people who lived it. It took place roughly two thousand years ago and covers a span of several centuries. [...]

    6. I learned a great deal that I had no idea I didn't even know prior to reading this book. Very informative and well written

    7. This is a book of contradictions. The author clearly is not of the faith, so therefore can't seem to rely on the sources that he cites to create his entire argument. There was some useful information in there, but I was looking for a history, not a "these are all clearly wrong, because everyone says so," type of tale. I can't imagine what the tv documentary was like, more boring or less disjointed? There was a large focus by the author on the texts that came out of the time period, but while the [...]

    8. This books was pretty much everything I ever wanted to know about Christianity when I was growing up. The details and stories cleared up a lot of confusion that was rightly there, considering I stopped going to Sunday School when I was ten. It runs full circle however. If they had taught this I most likely would have attended. Instead, all the hackneyed elementary fables they taught only kept me long enough to enjoy a Shipley's doughnut. Of course, then I fled accordingly, avoiding the 7/11 Chri [...]

    9. Probably the best introduction to early Christianity that I have yet come across. The tables that show relationships between and summaries of various writings are enough to make the book a valuable resource. Multiple theories on the history surrounding various writings and events are presented along with the proof for each in an unbiased way, which makes this book valuable as a general introduction to the field for newcomers. This book is also especially useful for the background information (th [...]

    10. This is probably the best, most comprehensive book I've read on how Christianity started and what led to the writing of the New Testament.People often say that you have to understand the culture and political atmosphere of the Scriptures in order to fully understand why certain things were written. To me, this book has shed all the light I need in that area. Beginning before Christ and moving through the time when the Canon was put together, each character and each book in the New Testament is s [...]

    11. “From Jesus to Christianity” is an outstanding book. Very well organized and packed with information, reflecting the latest scholarship in the subject. Highly recommended.It is a great review for those of us who already have prior knowledge of early Christian history. It is not really good as an introduction to early Christian history. To the novice contemplating reading this book, I would recommend first reading 1) the New Testament, 2) some of the gnostic gospels – there are some good co [...]

    12. I thought that this was a very idea intense book. Very well written. I enjoyed learning how the texts of the original Gospels come from a very few oral traditions that are thought to have had different schools of thought behind them. I also enjoyed discovering that not all letters attributed to Paul were written by Paul. There are other things that surprised me when reading this. All in all the book answers some very interesting questions I have had in my journey of faith and has raised new ones [...]

    13. L. Michael White's command of NT backgrounds represents the strength of this study and of the book behind the PBS Special. His conclusions regarding the Jesus of the four Gospels stands at odds with the certainty behind much of what he writes. He neglects to tell his readers how he can be so sure of what he writes about the uncertainty of the Gospel records. As such he falls prey to one of the outstanding questions that face higher biblical criticism. Which should the reader believe? Academics 2 [...]

    14. How refreshing to finally read a book on early Christianity that isn't afraid to dive headfirst into almost every historical controversy and question that arises. White meticulously analyzes the first four generations (approx. 40 years per generation) with a scholar's mind and a teacher's exposition. While a few areas deserve more attention than they receive (Paul's theology, the theological aims of the gospels, and the historical Jesus were a little rushed in my opinion), the overall scope of t [...]

    15. do you want to know how we arrived on the current christian plane, taking into account what each of the authors of the new testament were thinking (!) based on what was going on historically, politically, and in the arts as context? no one, anywhere, is as deep and wide as michael whitei don't know how many biblical languages he knows, but it's all usual ones plus 10 mored he's personable on top of scholarlyif there were 6 stars available for rating him, i would ask for 7got it?

    16. I enjoyed L. Michael White's "Scripting Jesus: The Gospels in Rewrite" so this seemed a good bet. I was not disappointed. While there is some overlap between this and White's other book, they are complimentary rather than repetitive. If you're interested in pre-Nicene Christianity this book belongs in your library.

    17. This book gives a good comprehensive history of the context in which Christianity arose (overview of Jewish history), which I think is essential to understanding writings as old as those found in the Bible. It briefly discusses each of the books of the New Testament, as well as a number that didn't make it into the collection.

    18. JUST what I need to understand how this all happened. How did religion become what it is? Why did Jesus "stick" the way that he did? The history and perspective are entirely necessary to truly understand the climate that Christianity was born from. I really enjoy this book (even though it's currently covered in a 1/2 inch of dust).

    19. This is an excellent book - but I didn't finish it. It's simply too comprehensive and detailed for my amateur reading. It would be an excellent resource for academics or serious students of the history of the initial formation of the Christian religion. The approach - history of the story and storytellers of Jesus - is an excellent and realistic way to approach the subject.

    20. This was a super interesting read. There was so much information I had never been exposed to about the orgins of the bible, backstories and even controversies. With a book that almost everyone has heard of or even read, it's interesting to know a little more about the story. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys history and, or religion.

    21. historical context for the writings in the new testament. political upheaval and religious sectarianism. would have given 5 stars but he stopped well before i was done! where do i pick up the thread and follow the canonization of the entire new testament! really interesting stuff!

    22. I liked Ehrmann's books better, hands down, but this included a lot of interesting information, especially about the origin of the Pauline epistles and other books of the NT.

    23. I'm reading this because John is taking the class from the professor who wrote the book. It's very interesting filling in the historical times around Jesus and the disciples.

    24. I've taken two classes with Dr White. He's a pretty neat guy. The essay I'm currently writing for his class makes me want to kill myself, but his lectures are great

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