Who Created Christianity? is a collection of essays by top international Christian scholars who desire to reinforce the relationship that Paul had with jesus and Christianity.
There is a general sense today among Christians in certain circles that Paul's teachings to the early Christian church are thought to be rogue, even clashing at times with Jesus' words. Yet these essays set out to prove that the tradition that Paul passes on is one received from Jesus, not separate from it.
The essays in this volume come from a diverse and international group of scholars. They offer up-to-date studies of the teachings of Paul and how the specific teachings directly relate to the earlier teachings of Jesus. This volume explores with even greater focus than ever before the tradition from which Paul emerges and the specific teachings that are part of this tradition. This collection of essays proposes a complementary work to the work of David Wenham and his thesis that Paul was indeed not the founder of Christianity or the creator of Christian dogma; instead he was a faithful disciple and a conveyer of a prior Christian tradition.
Key points and features:
- Includes essays by well-known Christian scholars such as Craig Blomberg, Alister McGrath, N. T. Wright, Michael Bird, Greg Beale, and more.
1. Bruce Chilton: Silas, Apocalyptic, and the Resurrection
2. Armin Baum: Parallel Letters in the Corpus Paulinum: Insights from Ancient Analogies and Modern Memory Research
3. Stanley Porter: When Paul Met Jesus: An Idea Worth Revisiting
4. Craig Blomberg: The Rediscovery of Wenham's Eschatological Parables
5. Ian Paul: Paul's Continuing Emancipation of Women in the Tradition of Jesus
6. Craig Evans: Paul on Food and Jesus on What Really Defiles
7. Aaron W. White: Whose Gospel: Reexamining Paul's 'My Gospel' and 'Our Gospel' Statements
8. Sarah Harris: Women Disciples in Jesus and Paul from Luke's Gospel
9. Michael Bird: The Gospel of Matthew and Guardian Angels 10. Rainer Riesner: Paul and the Jesus Tradition: Four Recent Views
11. Steve Walton: Portraits of Jesus and Paul through the Lukan Lens
12. Graham Twelftree: The Origins of Paul's Gospel
13. Joan Taylor: Paul's Significant Other: Disciples Together in the 'We' Passages
14. Erin Heim: Women in the Pauline Epistles: Lessons from the Jesus Tradition
15. Alister McGrath: Jesus and Paul on the Discipleship of the Mind
16. Holly Beers: Filling Up What is Lacking in Christ's Afflictions: Isaiah's Servant and Servants in Second Temple Judaism and Colossians 1:24
17. D. A. Carson: Justifying Jesus: The Theme of Justification as Received by Paul from Jesus
18. Peter Davids: Paul as a Follower of Jesus in 1 Corinthians
19. John Nolland: "Every Sin That a Person Commits is Outside the Body" (1 Cor. 6:18): Paul's likely dependence on the Jesus tradition
20. Christoph Stenschke: Continuities and Discontinuities between the Ministry of Jesus and the Mission of Paul
21. Peter Turnill: You Would Not Believe If You Were Told: Jesus, Paul, and Jewish Eschatological Unbelief
22. Nathan Ridlehoover: The Lord's Prayer in Paul
23. N. T. Wright: Understanding Jesus' Teaching for the Reader of Paul
24. Greg Beale: Temple and Anti-Temple in Colossae