Slavery and Emancipation
The Birth of Christianity: Discovering What Happened in the Years Immediately After the Execution of JesusPaperback – 1 April 1999
In this national bestseller, John Dominic Crossan reveals how Christianity emerged in the period following Jesus’s death. Very little is commonly known about the 30s and 40s BCE, compared to the years following. Crossan, the world’s leading expert on the historical Jesus, reconstructs that era, relying on a multidisciplinary approach. Analyzing oral tradition, comparing Gospel manuscripts, and researching cross-cultural anthropological studies, Crossan shines new light on the theological and cultural contexts from which the Christian church arose. The Birth of Christianity thoroughly illuminates the mysterious period of time that set Western religious history on the path it has followed for the last two thousand years. John Dominic Crossan is generally regarded as the leading historical Jesus scholar in the world. He is the author of several bestselling books, including The Historical Jesus, Jesus: A Revolutionary Biography, The Birth of Christianity, and Who Killed Jesus? He lives in Clermont, Florida. “Ambitious and groundbreaking, The Birth of Christianity is a must read for those with a serious interest in Jesus and the early church.” – Toronto Star
The Desert Fathers: Sayings of the Early Christian Monks (Penguin Classics) Paperback
The Desert Fathers were the first Christian monks, living in solitude in the deserts of Egypt, Palestine, and Syria. In contrast to the formalised and official theology of the “founding fathers” of the church, the Desert Fathers were ordinary Christians who chose to renounce the world and live lives of celibacy, fasting, vigil, prayer and poverty in direct and simple response to the gospel. Their sayings were first recorded in the 4th century and consist of spiritual advice, anecdotes and parables. The Desert Fathers’ teachings and lives have inspired poetry, opera and art, as well as providing spiritual nourishment and a template for monastic life.