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Alpha v1 (2017)
Studies in Early Christianity
E. Bruce Brooks, ed.; Alvin P. Cohen, ed.; Glenn S. Holland, ed.


Warring States Project
2017 • 224 pp. 6 7/8 x 10"
Early Christianity / Religion

$30.00 Paperback, 978-1-936166-41-1
$29.99 Ebook, 978-1-936166-51-0

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Articles on early Christian texts and history

Alpha is an annual repository for leading-edge research in the New Testament and related texts, and the historical development which the texts imply. Like its older sister journal Warring States Papers, it has a central focus on the methodology of text-based historical research, and includes examples of the application of basic historical and philological methods to texts in other traditions, including Chinese and Homeric Greek.

In the past, the early Christian texts have been approached theologically, rather than as historical sources. Christian history has been seen as fully realized in Paul, and all other viewpoints are dismissed as later heresies. But many of the NT texts give hints of a pre-Pauline Christianity, the thing Paul began by persecuting. The work of the Project leads to an unexpectedly full picture of that pattern of early belief and practice. It is this to which we have given the name Alpha Christianity. It turns out to be remarkably close to what many contemporary Christians actually live.

Volume 1 (2017) includes the following highlights:

Four Gospel Trajectories
The Two Ways
The Resurrection of Jesus in Mark
Mark at Perga
Paul's Letters to Philippi
Luke's Parable of the Canny Steward
Judas Armed and Dangerous
Pliny at Pontus

For other titles in this series, see the Warring States Project main page.

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