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The Jesus Movement: A Social History of Its First Century
Ekkehard W. Stegemann and Wolfgang Stegemann
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This monumental work by two outstanding New Testament scholars is the first comprehensive social history of the earliest churches. Integrating the historical and social data, they locate the ancient Galileans, Judeans, and the Jesus movement in their respective matrices. The Stegemanns deal with such issues as conflict between the Messianic communities and the rest of Judaism, religious pluralism, social stratification, group composition, gender division, ancient economics, and urban/rural distinctions. This volume offers an introduction to these social issues, as well as fresh insights and analysis, and includes:
"This is surely one of the best histories of the early phases of the social movement set under way by Jesus of Nazareth. The authors not only tell the story of Jesus-group development with vivid scenarios and abundant appropriate primary data, but equally employ pertinent social-scientific models that clarify the data in significant and insightful ways. I believe the work will prove to be the most useful history of New Testament times for those interested in interpreting biblical documentswhether professional or non-professional biblical scholars, both clergy and laity alike."
Bruce J. Malina, Creighton University
author of The New Testament World
"Remarkable for its comprehensiveness . . . a most useful addition to any reference collection and certainly valuable as a textbook. . . . "
Wayne A. Meeks, Yale University
author of The First Urban Christians
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About the Author
Ekkehard W. Stegemann is Professor of New Testament at the University of Basel, Switzerland. He is author of numerous works in German and editor of Messias-Vortsellungen bei Juden und Christen (1993).
Wolfgang Stegemann is Rector and Professor of New Testament at the Augustana Hochschule in Neuendettelsau, Germany, and the co-author of Jesus and the Hope of the Poor (1986) and co-editor of The God of the Lowly: Socio-historical Interpretations of the Bible (1984).
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