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Just James: The Brother of Jesus in History and Tradition

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'This is a book for which we have been waiting. James was obviously such an important figure in the beginnings of Christianity, and yet for the most part he remains in the shadows, playing at best an ambiguous role in comparison with Peter and Paul. Painter brings him out of these shadows, scrutinizing with great care each pieve of information and building up a picture which is much more positive than most have recognized. Thanks to Painter our appreciation of the tensions behind and within the New Testament will be much better informed. We are ...

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Overview

'This is a book for which we have been waiting. James was obviously such an important figure in the beginnings of Christianity, and yet for the most part he remains in the shadows, playing at best an ambiguous role in comparison with Peter and Paul. Painter brings him out of these shadows, scrutinizing with great care each pieve of information and building up a picture which is much more positive than most have recognized. Thanks to Painter our appreciation of the tensions behind and within the New Testament will be much better informed. We are in his debt.' James D. G. Dunn, University of Durham 'John Painter has brought to bear his considerable skills as historian, literary critic, and interpreter of ancient Christian documents to draw out of the mists a crucial figure from the beginnings of Christianity. Painter's ability to approach biblical, Christian, Gnostic, and other sectarian documents in a fresh, and sometimes surprising, fashion has produced a significant contribution to the understanding of Christianity's earliest days, and the ways in which early traditions interpreted the Christian church's foundations. A stimulating and important book.' Francis J. Moloney, S.D.B, Catholic University of America

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780567041913
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 4/1/2005
  • Series: Academic Paperback Series
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Meet the Author

John Painter is Professor of Theology at St. Mark's National Theological Centre, Charles Stuart University, Canberra, Australia.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition
Prolegomenon
Abbreviations
Just James: The Death of a Legend 1
Pt. I The Gospel, Acts, and the Letters of Paul
1 The Gospels: James and the Family of Jesus 11
2 Acts: James as Convert or Foundation Leader? 42
3 The Letters of Paul: Paul and James 58
4 James, Peter, Matthew, and Paul: Diversity and Conflict in the Two Missions 83
Pt. II Images of James in the Early Church
5 Tradition in Eusebius: James the Just, Brother of the Lord, First Bishop and Martyr 105
6 The Nag Hammadi Library: James as Successor to Jesus and Repository of Secret Tradition 159
7 The Apocrypha and Later Christian Evidence: Bishop of Bishops and Bulwark of Truth 182
Pt. III James and Jewish Christianity
8 Jewish Christianity, the Righteous Sufferer, and the Epistle of James 227
9 Jacob Sons of Joseph Brother of Jesus 270
10 Jacob Brother of the Lord 295
Just Jacob: The Rebirth of a Vision 325
Excursus: Robert Eisenman's James the Brother of Jesus 333
App Reports and Opinions on the Ossuary 345
Bibliography 357
Index of Biblical and Ancient Sources 373
Index of Modern Authors 389
Index of Subjects 393
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