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Warring States Project

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Alpha focuses on the methodology proper to text-based historical research, and includes examples of the application of those 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 prePauline 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 early belief and practice to which we have given the name Alpha Christianity. It turns out to be remarkably close to what many contemporary Christians actually live.

Alpha v1 (2017)
Studies in Early Christianity
Articles on early Christian texts and history