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Acts and Christian Beginnings: The Acts Seminar Report

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Author: 
Dennis E. Smith Joseph B. Tyson, Eds.

The Religion Toolkit: A Complete Guide to Religious Studies

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Author: 
John Morreall, Tamara Sonn

"This complete overview of religious studies provides students with the essential knowledge and tools they need to explore and understand the nature of religion.

Paul and Jesus: How the Apostle Transformed Christianity

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Author: 
James D. Tabor

"This fascinating examination of the earliest years of Christianity reveals sharply competing ideas about the significance of Jesus and his teachings and shows how the man we call St. Paul shaped Christianity as we know it today.

Historians know almost nothing about the two decades following the crucifixion of Jesus, when his followers regrouped and began to spread his message. During this time the apostle Paul joined the movement and began to preach to the gentiles.

Jesus and the Village Scribes

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William Arnal

"Sets the early Jesus movement and Q within the context of the socio-economic crisis in Galilee."

"William E. Arnal (Ph.D., University of Toronto) is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and Classics at New York University."

The Acts Of The Apostles: What Really Happened In The Earliest Days Of The Church

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Author: 
Gerd Ludemann

"In Jesus After Two Thousand Years, New Testament historian Gerd Lüdemann analyzed the four traditional gospels, plus the more recently discovered Gospel of Thomas and apocryphal literature, to ascertain which of the alleged words and actions of Jesus can be judged authentic. Now in this companion volume, Lüdemann takes the same historical-critical approach to the Acts of the Apostles. Together these two in-depth studies lay the groundwork for a factually accurate history of primitive Christianity.

The Historical Jesus: An Essential Guide

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Author: 
James H. Charlesworth

Who is the "Kosher Jesus"? How the Criteria of Historical Jesus Research Can Tell Us Who Jesus Wasn't

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Author: 
Mikhah Ben David

"Recently, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, perhaps the most famous rabbi in America, authored a controversial book by the name of “Kosher Jesus.” Like his “Kosher Sex,” the title was intentionally provocative. “Kosher Jesus?” How could Jesus be Kosher? To be kosher, Jesus would have to have been Jewish, in every sense that the word implies. That means that Jesus was not simply a “Judean,” nor was he simply of Jewish parentage, but – this title asserts – he lived and died a practicing Jew.

Jesus Outside the New Testament: An Introduction to the Ancient Evidence

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Robert E. Van Voorst

"Did Jesus actually exist? Much has been written recently on this subject, including numerous books examining the New Testament record of Jesus? life. Now Robert Van Voorst presents and critiques the ancient evidence outside the New Testament?the Roman, Jewish, pre-New Testament, and post-New Testament writings that mention Jesus.  This fascinating study of the early Christian and non-Christian record includes fresh translations of all the relevant texts. Van Voorst shows how and to what extent these ancient writings can be used to help reconstruct the historical Jesus."

Religion in America: A Political History

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Author: 
Denis Lacorne

"America is unique in that its political institutions preceded the development of a national identity. The American Revolution and drafting of the constitution did not deepen a preexisting national self. Rather, it created a new political framework to which the "walls" of culture, particularly references to a distant past, were later added. Revisiting this moment in American history and the nation's early efforts at identity, Denis Lacorne identifies two competing narratives drawn from a reformulation of America's past, present, and future.

Handbook of Biblical Criticism, Fourth Edition

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Author: 
Richard N. Soulen and R. Kendall Soulen

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