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A History of the Belief in Christ from the Beginnings of Christianity to Irenaeus
By Wilhelm Bousset Introduction by Larry W. Hurtado
In Kyrios Christos, Wilhelm Bousset argues that the Hellenistic Church’s declaration of “Jesus as Lord” is a transformation of the pre-Christian Judaic community’s understanding of Jesus as the Son of Man. This unique distinction between the primitive Palestinian community and Hellenistic Christianity reveals how the earliest Christian beliefs were informed by existing religious influences. A well-known classic, Kyrios Christos defined the research agenda for nearly a century concerning the belief in Jesus as Lord and Christ from the New Testament through Irenaeus and his contemporaries. Bousset’s landmark, with a new introduction by Larry Hurtado, is now made available for a new generation of students and scholars seeking to delve further into the ancient world of the early Christians.
I: JESUS THE MESSIAH-SON OF MAN IN THE FAITH OF THE PALESTINIAN PRIMITIVE COMMUNITY
II: THE FAITH OF THE COMMUNITY AND THE PICTURE OF JESUS OF NAZARETH IN THE FIRST THREE GOSPELS
III: THE GENTILE CHRISTIAN PRIMITIVE COMMUNITY
V: THE BELIEF IN CHRIST IN THE JOHANNINE WRITINGS
VII: THE CHRIST CULT IN THE POST-APOSTOLIC AGE
VIII: THE STRUCTURING OF CHRISTIANITY ON THE BASIS OF THE CHRIST CULT AND ITS VARIOUS TYPES
IX: THE APOLOGISTS
“It is also certainly one of the most influential works in history of scholarship on the New Testament and Christian Origins.”
—Larry Hurtado, Blogger
“Kyrios Christos may reasonably be designated as the major work of the most important representative of the 'history of religions school' of New Testament criticism."
—Schuyler Brown, author of The Origins of Christianity: A Historical Introduction to the New Testament
The major work of Wilhelm Bousset, the most important representative of the history of religions school of New Testament scholarship, Kyrios Christos still influences current discussion because it helped to define contemporary problems and areas of study.
Wilhelm Bousset (1865–1920) was a German theologian and New Testament Scholar.