Paul Was Not a Christian: The Original Message of a Misunderstood Apostle by Pamela Eisenbaum. A groundbreaking work that systematically overturns both scholarly and popular conceptions held by Christians and Jews, liberals and conservatives alike. As Eisenbaum reveals, Paul is not the true founder of Christianity as is often claimed, nor does Paul understand Jesus Christ as having superseded the Torah and thereby replacing Judaism with Christianity
Paul and Jesus: How the Apostle Transformed Christianity by James D. Tabor. Gives us a new and deeper understanding of Paul as it illuminates the fascinating period of history when Christianity was born out of Judaism and became the religion we recognize today. http://www.amazon.com/dp/1439123314/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_gvthwb09NCXKN
The Birth of Christianity : Discovering What Happened in the Years Immediately After the Execution of Jesus by John Dominic. Reveals how Christianity emerged in the period following Jesus'; death; shines new light on the theological and cultural contexts from which the Christian church arose.
The Meaning of Mary Magdalene: Discovering the Woman at the Heart of Christianity by Cynthia Bourgeault. Shows how an understanding of Mary Magdalene can revitalize contemporary Christianity, how Christians and others can, through her, find their way to Jesus’s original teachings and apply them to their modern lives.
In Memory of Her: A Feminist Theological Reconstruction of Christian Origins by Elisabeth Fiorenza. This brilliant scholarly treatise succeeds in bringing to our consciousness women who played an important role in the origins of Christianity.
When Jesus Became God: The Struggle to Define Christianity during the Last Days of Rome by Richard E. RubensteinThe life of Jesus, and the subsequent persecution of Christians during the Roman Empire, have come to define what many of us know about early Christianity. The fervent debate, civil strife, and bloody riots within the Christian community as it was forming, however, is a story that is rarely told.
The Wisdom Jesus: Transforming Heart and Mind--A New Perspective on Christ and His Message by Cynthia Bourgeault. If you put aside what you think you know about Jesus and approach the Gospels as though for the first time, something remarkable happens: Jesus emerges as a teacher of the transformation of consciousness. Cynthia Bourgeault is a masterful guide to Jesus's vision and to the traditional contemplative practices you can use to experience the heart of his teachings for yourself.
A Short History of Christianity, Revised Edition by Martin E. Marty. Traces the church's quest through twenty centuries for unity, sanctity, universality, and authentic witness. Delves into the disparity between the ideals of the church and historical realty in order to provide a brilliant, instructive, and eminently fair statement of the history of Christianity from its founding to the present day.
A History of Christianity in Asia: Beginnings to 1500 by Samuel Hugh. A thorough and scholarly recounting of a neglected dimension of church history the story of Christianity in the East, where the gospel of Jesus Christ was "sown by different sowers;...planted in different soil;...grew""
Why Christianity Must Change or Die: A Bishop Speaks to Believers In Exile by John Shelby Spong. An important and respected voice for liberal American Christianity for the past twenty years, Spong integrates his often controversial stands on the Bible, Jesus, theism, and morality into an intelligible creed that speaks to today's thinking Christian. In this compelling and heartfelt book, he sounds a rousing call for a Christianity based on critical thought rather not blind faith.
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