Wednesday, January 10, 2007
Bruce Chilton on H.C. Kee's book The Beginnings of Christianity: An Introduction to the New Testament
Bruce Chilton has recently reviewed H.C. Kee's book on The Beginnings of Christianity at BAR.
Kee's volume is basically a Christian Origins approach to the NT Introduction genre. What I liked about Kee's book is that he gives good attention to the sociological side of things but without every trying to jettison the theological dimension or the "God question" out of the texts - there is no sociological reductionism and no reconstruction of mythic communities. (My own review had just been published in the UK journal Theology). A highlight of the book is the many excurses which deal with a variety of topics useful to understanding the NT, like the one on Paul and Stoicism etc.
HT: Jim West