The First One Hundred Years of Christianity
The First One Hundred Years of Christianity

The First One Hundred Years of Christianity

An Introduction to Its History, Literature, and Development

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A History of Early Christianity, 30-130 CE

"Udo Schnelle, one of Germany's leading New Testament scholars, has produced a comprehensive account of the growth and development of early Christianity. Thoroughly at home in all the relevant ancient texts and in critical dialogue with contemporary scholars, Schnelle sets the development of the church against the complex background of Greco-Roman and Jewish culture. He carefully traces the ways in which communities of Jesus believers grew and produced their distinctive literature. This is a rich and rewarding resource for serious students of early Christianity, particularly useful for introducing English readers to a wealth of German scholarship."
--Harold W. Attridge, Yale Divinity School

"This immense undertaking is no light survey but a wide-ranging, comprehensive assessment of most of the major questions and issues in contemporary scholarship with regard to the transition from charismatic movement to Early Christianity. It takes balanced and well-informed positions on disputed issues. Rather than an introduction for beginners, it is a treasury of scholarship and interpretation for those who want more."
--Carolyn Osiek, Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian University (emerita)

"There is no better New Testament scholar active in Europe today than Udo Schnelle, whose penetrating account of the first hundred years of early Christian history has now been ably translated into English by James Thompson. Highly recommended as both a textbook and a reference volume."
--John T. Fitzgerald, University of Notre Dame

"Professor Schnelle's distinguished career in New Testament scholarship and theology provides the foundation for this substantial history of Christianity's first hundred years. Eschewing fads and popularizing the byways of noncanonical gospels, Schnelle makes the case for the deserved success of Jesus's followers in establishing an independent religious movement that originated with the person, ministry, and teaching of Jesus. This movement's new vision of God, salvation, and conduct in community was key to its success, as was the crucial role played by written texts and education."
--Pheme Perkins, Boston College

ISBN: 9781540960153
Dimensions: 165 x 242 x 51 mm
Weight: 1057.000g
Binding: Hard Cover
Number of pages: 664
Language: English

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James W. Thompson

(PhD, Vanderbilt University) is scholar in residence at the Graduate School of Theology at Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas. He is the editor of Restoration Quarterly and the author of numerous books, including Moral Formation according to PaulPastoral Ministry according to PaulThe Church according to Paul, and Hebrews in the Paideia commentary series.


Udo Schnelle

(DrTheol, University of Göttingen) is professor of New Testament at the University of Halle-Wittenberg in Germany. He is the author of numerous highly acclaimed works, including Apostle PaulTheology of the New Testament, and History and Theology of the New Testament Writings, all translated by M. Eugene Boring.