Contested Issues in Christian Origins and the New Testament

Collected Essays


In a collection of essays spanning some 35 years, Luke Timothy Johnson takes on some of the most contested issues in the study of Christian Origins and the New Testament --- from the historical Jesus and the Jesus of the Gospels, through exegetical studies of Luke-Acts and Paul, to questions pertaining to the development of early Christian history, relations with Judaism, the uses of polemic, sexuality, and law.

Johnson's work is characterized by close attention to texts and a concern for methodological rigor. Far from representing scholarly consensus, these essays consistently display independence of judgment, whether concerning the authorship of Paul's disputed letters, the legitimacy of the quest for the historical Jesus, or the toxic character of some early Christian texts.

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Luke Timothy Johnson, PhD (1976), Yale University, is the Robert W. Woodruff Distinguished Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins at Emory University. Among his many books is the 2011 winner of the Grawemeyer Award in Religion, Among the Gentiles: Greco-Roman Religion and Christianity (Yale, 2009).
1. Jesus and the Gospels
2. Luke-Acts
3. Paul
4. Other NT Compositions
5. Issues in Christian Origins
All those academically trained in biblical scholarship, above all those who do specialized work in the New Testament and train advanced students in that discipline, together with the research libraries that serve such academic labor.
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