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Jesus and the Rise of Early Christianity: A History of New Testament Times

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The pathway to understanding the New Testament leads through the vibrant landscape of the first-century Greco-Roman world. The New Testament is rooted in the concrete historical events of that world. InJesus & the Rise of Early Christianity Paul Barnett not only places the New Testament within that world of caesars and Herods, proconsuls and Pharisees, Sadducees and re ...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published May 17th 2002 by IVP Academic (first published January 1st 1999)
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John Kight
May 07, 2016 John Kight rated it it was amazing
Review – Jesus and the Rise of Early Christianity: A History of New Testament Times by Paul Barnett

Paul Barnett (Ph.D., London University) is recognized by many in the field of New Testament studies as one of the most respected historical scholars on the origins of Christianity. As well as being an Emeritus Faculty member of Moore Theological College, Barnett is currently a fellow in ancient history at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia and a teaching fellow at Regent College, Vancouver,
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Josh Meares
I really thought this book was helpful in my understanding of the history and cultural of the first century.

To Gentiles, however, the title the Christ was incomprehensible; it meant only "the smeared one." To accommodate the cultural problems of the Gentiles, the title the Christ quickly became a surname, as in Jesus Christ. (p.27)

In the case of Vespasian a connection between the emperor's fear of the house of David and his apprehension of the Messiah/Christ of the Jews has to be inferred thoug
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Michael
Aug 06, 2013 Michael rated it it was amazing
This is a very well written and detailed history of New Testament times. It’s written by a Christian (an Anglican bishop); it takes seriously the NT documents as history; and I found its reconstruction of NT history from the gospels, Acts, and Paul’s letters very convincing. What a refreshing approach in contrast with the so-called Jesus Seminar! The book excels at setting the context of what was happening during the NT period, and I found it fascinating to follow the movements of the major NT f ...more
Danny
Mar 13, 2014 Danny rated it it was amazing
A fantastic treatise on the foundations of Christianity. The work was filled with useful material and did not attempt to ignore the tough issues. I believe it will prove itself to be valued resource for my personal library.
Danny Bennett
Aug 10, 2011 Danny Bennett rated it it was ok
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A long book packed full of information. It will probably be more beneficial to go back and read without a deadline.
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Paul Barnett, former Anglican Bishop of North Sydney, Australia, is a Visiting Fellow in Ancient History at Macquarie University and Teaching Fellow at Regent College, Vancouver and Moore College, Sydney. He is a frequent traveler to Israel, where Christianity began, and to Turkey and Greece, to which it rapidly spread.
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