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Now in paperback, this monumental work by two continental New Testament scholars is the first comprehensive social history of the earliest churches. Integrating the historical and social data it locates the ancient Judeans and the Jesus Movement in their respective matrices. The Stegemanns deal with such issues as: conflict between the messianic communitites and the rest of Judaism, religious pluralism social stratification, group composition, gender division, ancient economics, and urban/rural distinction. This volume offers both an introduction to these social issues, as well as fresh insights and analysis, and includes:
Integration of social history, social-scientific analyses, and theological analyses Focus on the role of women in the Jesus Movement and early churches Maps, charts, and diagrams
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In The Jesus Movement: A Social History Of Its First Century, Ekkehard W. Stegemann (Professor of New Testament at the University of Basel, Switzerland) and Wolfgang Stegemann (Rector and Professor of New Testament at the Augustana Hochschule in Neuendettelsau, Germany) effectively collaborate to present a vividly depicted, scholarly, and comprehensive history of how the new and fledgling Christian movement developed, expanded, and evolved over the first hundred years of its existence. Of special interest is the roles played by women in the development of Christianity within the patriarchal, Mediterranean cultures. While highly recommended for students of New Testament Studies, this informative, engaging work is wonderfully accessible and written for the non-specialist general reader with an interest on how the Christian communities struggled and created their identities in both rural and urban settings.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780800634254
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/1/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 556
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures
Introduction 1
Pt. 1 Economy and Society in the Mediterranean World of the First Century 5
1 The Type of Ancient Mediterranean Societies 7
2 The Economic Situation of Ancient Mediterranean Societies 15
3 Stratification and the Social Situation in Ancient Mediterranean Societies 53
Pt. 2 The Land of Israel, the Social History of Judaism, and the Followers of Jesus 97
4 The Economic Situation in the Land of Israel 104
5 Social Development in the Land of Israel 126
6 Religious Pluralism in the Land of Israel in the Hellenistic-Roman Period 137
7 Jesus' Followers in the Land of Israel in New Testament Times 187
8 Messianic Communities in the Land of Israel after 70 C.E. 221
Pt. 3 The Social History of Christ-Confessing Communities in the Cities of the Roman Empire 249
9 The Concept and Basic Characteristics of Christ-confessing Communities 262
10 The Social Composition of Christ-confessing Communities 288
11 External Conflicts of Believers in Christ with Gentiles and Jews in the Diaspora 317
Pt. 4 The Social Roles and Social Situation of Women in the Mediterranean World and in Early Christianity 359
12 Gender-specific Spheres and the Social Stratification of Women in Mediterranean Societies 361
13 Women among the Followers of Jesus in the Land of Israel 378
14 Women in Urban Christ Communities 389
Notes 409
Bibliography 475
Index of Ancient Sources 517
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