Resurrection and Reception in Early Christianity

This book offers an original interpretation of the origin and early reception of the most fundamental claim of Christianity: Jesus’ resurrection.

Author: Richard C. Miller

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317585848

Category: Religion

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This book offers an original interpretation of the origin and early reception of the most fundamental claim of Christianity: Jesus’ resurrection. Richard Miller contends that the earliest Christians would not have considered the New Testament accounts of Jesus’ resurrection to be literal or historical, but instead would have recognized this narrative as an instance of the trope of divine translation, common within the Hellenistic and Roman mythic traditions. Given this framework, Miller argues, early Christians would have understood the resurrection story as fictitious rather than historical in nature. By drawing connections between the Gospels and ancient Greek and Roman literature, Miller makes the case that the narratives of the resurrection and ascension of Christ applied extensive and unmistakable structural and symbolic language common to Mediterranean "translation fables," stock story patterns derived particularly from the archetypal myths of Heracles and Romulus. In the course of his argument, the author applies a critical lens to the referential and mimetic nature of the Gospel stories, and suggests that adapting the "translation fable" trope to accounts of Jesus’ resurrection functioned to exalt him to the level of the heroes, demigods, and emperors of the Hellenistic and Roman world. Miller’s contentions have significant implications for New Testament scholarship and will provoke discussion among scholars of early Christianity and Classical studies.

Christ s Resurrection in Early Christianity

Rome in the Bible and the Early Church (2002): 142–66. _____ The Reception of Luke and Acts in the Period before Irenaeus, WUNT 2/169 (Tübingen, 2003). _____ '1Clement and the Writings that laterformed the New Testament', ...

Author: Markus Vinzent

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317166368

Category: Religion

Page: 282

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Why is the Resurrection of Christ so remote, almost non-existent in many early Christian writings of the first 140 years of Christianity? This is the first Patristic book to focus on the development of the belief in the Resurrection of Christ through the first centuries A.D. By Paul, Christ's Resurrection is regarded as the basis of Christian hope. In the fourth century it becomes a central Christian tenet. But what about the discrepancy in the first three centuries? This thought provoking book explores this core topic in Christian culture and theology. Taking a broad approach - including iconography, archaeology, history, philosophy, Jewish Studies and theology - Markus Vinzent offers innovative reading of well known biblical and other texts complemented by rarely discussed evidence. Christ's Resurrection in Early Christianity takes the reader on a fascinating journey through the wilderness of unorthodox perspectives in the breadth of early Christian writings. It is an eye-opening experience with insights into the craftsmanship of early Christianity - and the earliest existential debates about life and death, death and life - all centred on the cross, on suffering, enduring and sacrifice.

Empty Tomb Apotheosis Resurrection

The Early Christian Depiction of Jesus as a Mediterranean God, Minneapolis 2014. ... Luckensmeyer, D., The Eschatology of First Thessalonians, StUNT 71, Göttingen 2009. ... ____, Resurrection and Reception in Early Christianity ...

Author: John Granger Cook

Publisher: Mohr Siebeck

ISBN: 9783161565038

Category: Religion

Page: 733

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Back cover: In this work, John Granger Cook argues that there is no fundamental difference between Paul's conception of the resurrection body and that of the Gospels; and, the resurresction and translation stories of antiquity help explain the willingness of Mediterranean people to accept the Gospel of a risen savior.

If Christ has not been raised

Contributions to this volume offer studies on reception of the resurrection and empty tomb stories and the development of the belief in resurrection in the early Church by examining the most important early references on this topic.

Author: Joseph Verheyden

Publisher: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht

ISBN: 9783647593746

Category: Fiction

Page: 229

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The present volume contains the proceedings of the fourth symposium of the Novum Testamentum Patristicum project (NTP), an international re-search project on the reception history of the New Testament in the early Church. The symposium was held in October 2012 at the University of Leuven. It was organised by Joseph Verheyden, Tobias Nicklas, and An-dreas Merkt, the coordinators of NTP. The topic of the meeting was the reception of the resurrection and empty tomb stories and the development of the belief in resurrection in the early Church.The belief in the resurrection constitutes the core issue of Christianity and of Christian tradition. The earliest references to the resurrection and witnesses to such a belief are found in the canonical gospels and in the letters of Paul, but the topic obviously remained of the utmost importance all through the early Church. Contributions to this volume offer studies on reception of the resurrection and empty tomb stories and the development of the belief in resurrection in the early Church by examining the most important early references on this topic.

Receptions of Paul in Early Christianity

The Person of Paul and His Writings Through the Eyes of His Early Interpreters Jens Schröter, Simon Butticaz, ... The Transformation of the Flesh in the Early Christian Debates Concerning Resurrection,” in Metamorphoses.

Author: Jens Schröter

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 9783110533781

Category: Religion

Page: 920

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The volume deals with interpretations of Paul, his person and his letters, in various early Christian writings. Some of those, written in the name of Paul, became part of the New Testament, others are included among „Ancient Christian Apocrypha", still others belong to the collection called „The Apostolic Fathers". Impacts of Paul are also discernible in early collections of his letters which became an important part of the New Testament canon. This process, resulting in the „canonical Paul", is also considered in this collection.

Women Officeholders in Early Christianity

32 Apart from the clarification of the historical question , from a synchronic point of view her depiction as the first proclaimer of the resurrection is significant , as is her reception as such in the ancient Church and the Middle ...

Author: Ute E. Eisen

Publisher: Liturgical Press

ISBN: 0814659500

Category: Religion

Page: 322

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Here Ute E. Eisen provides a scholarly investigation of the evidence that women held offices of authority in the first centuries of Christianity. Topics include apostles, prophets, theological teachers, presbyters, enrolled widows, deacons, bishops, and oikonomae. The book concludes with a chapter on "source-oriented perspectives for a history of Christian women in official positions."

The Doubt of the Apostles and the Resurrection Faith of the Early Church

J. D. Atkins challenges the common view that Luke 24 and John 20 are apologetic responses to docetism by re-examining the redaction of the appearance stories in light of their reception among early docetists and church fathers.

Author: J. D. Atkins

Publisher: Mohr Siebeck

ISBN: 9783161581656

Category: Religion

Page: 586

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Back cover: Why do the Gospels depict the risen Jesus as touchable and able to eat? J. D. Atkins challenges the common view that Luke 24 and John 20 are apologetic responses to docetism by re-examining the redaction of the appearance stories in light of their reception among early docetists and church fathers.

Did Jesus Rise from the Dead

For these culturally accepted lines in paganism, see Richard C. Miller, Resurrection and Reception in Early Christianity (New York: Routledge, 2015). Miller points out that the early Christians knew of many pagan ascensions/exaltations: ...

Author: Matthew Levering

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780192575616

Category: Religion

Page: 256

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The Resurrection of Jesus is at the very root of Christian faith; without belief in Jesus Christianity dies. In this thought-provoking work, Matthew Levering defends the credibility of the claim that Jesus rose from the dead. Drawing on the work of N. T. Wright, Levering shows that the historical evidence vindicates this assumption, and reveals that the Gospels were backed by eyewitnesses who were living and telling their stories even during the time of the writing of the Gospels. The author also emphasises the importance of evaluating the Old Testament to validate Jesus' Resurrection. By highlighting the desire—both in the ancient world and now—to make the Resurrection more comprehensible by spiritualizing it, Levering argues that the fact that the disciples themselves did not do this provides a further clue to reliability. Finally, the author addresses the question of why Jesus does not continue to show himself in his glorified flesh after his resurrection, which is often seen as a strong case for scepticism. However, he shows that Jesus' entire mission is predicated upon helping us to avoid cleaving to the present world over God. He is leading us to where he is—the kingdom of God, the beginning of the new creation at the Father's right hand. By developing these arguments for the historical reality of Jesus' Resurrection, this ground-breaking study expertly draws together historical and theological reasons for believing that Jesus' Resurrection happened.

The Earliest Christian Mission to all Nations in the Light of Matthew s Gospel

Quite recently this line of explanation has been projected to account specifically for the earliest Christian mission to ... 66 But Jesus ' projection beyond his death and resurrection , to the reception of the nations into the Kingdom ...

Author: James LaGrand

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN: 080284653X

Category: Religion

Page: 290

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"This original work of scholarship clarifies how, in light of Matthew's Gospel, the first Christians understood and claimed Israel's messianic mission to people of every ethnic group immediately after Jesus' death and resurrection."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

The Pauline Effect

With Marcion as a part of the reception history of 1 Cor 15.50–58 and the emerging Christian theology of resurrection, the catalyst for early Christian focus on this passage is not necessarily Marcion, but Paul.

Author: Jennifer R. Strawbridge

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 9783110446548

Category: Religion

Page: 317

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This study offers a fresh approach to reception historical studies of New Testament texts, guided by a methodology introduced by ancient historians who study Graeco-Roman educational texts. In the course of six chapters, the author identifies and examines the most representative Pauline texts within writings of the ante-Nicene period: 1Cor 2, Eph 6, 1Cor 15, and Col 1. The identification of these most widely cited Pauline texts, based on a comprehensive database which serves as an appendix to this work, allows the study to engage both in exegetical and historical approaches to each pericope while at the same time drawing conclusions about the theological tendencies and dominant themes reflected in each. Engaging a wide range of primary texts, it demonstrates that just as there is no singular way that each Pauline text was adapted and used by early Christian writers, so there is no homogeneous view of early Christian interpretation and the way Scripture informed their writings, theology, and ultimately identity as Christian.