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Kyrios Christos
A History of the Belief in Christ from the Beginnings of Christianity to Irenaeus

By Wilhelm Bousset Introduction by Larry W. Hurtado

Kyrios Christos
Paperback, 516 pages $39.95
Published: 1st October 2013
ISBN: 9781602589872
Format: 9in x 6in


Subjects: All Biblical Studies, All History, New Testament

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.

CONTENTS

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

IV: PAUL

V: THE BELIEF IN CHRIST IN THE JOHANNINE WRITINGS

VI: GNOSTICISM

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

X: IRENAEUS

INDEXES 

In what is now considered a classic study on the development of the Christ cult, Bousset's Kyrios Christos: Geschichte des Christusglaubens von den Anfangen des Christentums bis Iranaeus (1913) argued that the veneration of Jesus as a messianic object of specifically cultic devotion emerged not within the early Palestinian population but among Gentile communities, a shift that happened relatively quickly in the history of a religion. This most recent edition includes an insightful Introduction by Larry W. Hurtado, who situates the scholar and his work within Bousset’s own historical context."

—Brenda Llewellyn Ihssen, Religious Studies Review

“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.

America Magazine

Wilhelm Bousset (1865–1920) was a German theologian and New Testament Scholar.



Publication Details:


Binding:
 Paperback , 516 pages
ISBN:
 9781602589872
Format:
 9in x 6in

BISAC Code:
  REL006220, REL015000
Imprint:
 Baylor University Press



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