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Folly to Gentiles: The Death and Resurrection of Jesus in the Faith of the First Christians Jeffrey Peterson

Folly to Gentiles: The Death and Resurrection of Jesus in the Faith of the First Christians

Jeffrey Peterson

Published May 1st 2014
ISBN : 9780801039331
Paperback
208 pages
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In recent decades, scholars have often presented earliest Christianity as a radically diverse assortment of communities, only some of which ascribed significance to the death and resurrection of Jesus while others treasured only his sayings. JeffreyMoreIn recent decades, scholars have often presented earliest Christianity as a radically diverse assortment of communities, only some of which ascribed significance to the death and resurrection of Jesus while others treasured only his sayings. Jeffrey Peterson argues that such radical diversity arose only after the first Christian generation and that the evidence for the earliest decades points to an early and widespread consensus regarding the centrality of Jesuss death and resurrection. Pauls characterization of the gospel of the crucified and resurrected Messiah as a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles anticipates the varied interpretations that would appear later and were first attested and opposed in the Johannine Letters. Peterson shows that while Jesuss earliest followers interpreted the story of his death and resurrection in a variety of ways, they agreed on it as the foundation of their faith.