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Religious Experience in Earliest Christianity

Religious Experience in Earliest Christianity

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Luke Johnson here issues a provocative call for a radically new direction in New Testament studies that can change the way we have viewed the entire phenomenon of early Christianity.

Johnson is convinced that the dominant ways of studying early Christianity tend to miss its specifically religious character, because of a disjunction between formal religion and popular religion. He proposes in this book, by means of three case studies-baptism, glossolalia, and meals-to show how a more wholistic, phenomenological approach can be made. This makes possible the inclusion of the world of healings and religious power, of ecstay and spirit-in short, the religious experience of real persons in the study of early Christianity.

Johnson concludes that there is still much to be learned about early Christianity as a religion, if we can find a way to get at the category of real experience. He maintains that early Christian texts reflect lives that are caught up by and defined by a power not in their control but controlled instead by the crucified and raised Messiah Jesus.

Author: Luke Timothy Johnson
Publisher: Fortress Press
Published: 04/29/1998
Pages: 208
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.75lbs
Size: 9.04h x 6.06w x 0.53d
ISBN: 9780800631291
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About the Author
Johnson, Luke Timothy: -

Luke Timothy Johnson, the author of the Introduction, Commentary, and Reflections on the Letter of James, is Robert W. Woodruff Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins at the Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia. His works include The Real Jesus: The Misguided Quest for the Historical Jesus and the Trust of the Traditional Gospels and The Letter of James, in the Anchor Bible series.

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