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The Beginning of the Gospel

Paul, Philippi, and the Origins of Christianity

Authors: Garroway, Joshua

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  • Offers a new perspective on one of the most important figures in Christianity, Paul.
    Discusses a new outlook on Gospel.
    Explores the relationships between the synoptic Gospels of the New Testament and their relationship to Paul.

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In this innovative study, Joshua D. Garroway offers a revised account of the origin of the all-important Christian word “gospel,”  yielding significant new insights into the development of early Christian history and literature. Long thought to have originated on the lips of Jesus or his disciples, “gospel” was in fact coined by Paul midway through his career to describe his controversial new interpretation of Jesus’ death and resurrection. For nearly a decade after the crucifixion, the thoroughly Jewish Jesus movement demanded circumcision and Law observance from Gentile converts. Only in the early 40s did Paul arrive at the belief that such observance was no longer necessary, an insight he dubbed “the gospel,” or good news. The remainder of Paul’s career featured clashes with authorities over the legitimacy of the gospel, debates that continued after his death in the writings of Mark, Matthew, and Luke-Acts. These writings obscured the original context of the gospel, however, and in time the word lost its specific association with Paul and his scandalous notion of salvation outside the Law. 

About the authors

Joshua D. Garroway is Associate Professor of Early Christianity and the Second Commonwealth at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. His first book, Paul’s Gentile-Jews: Neither Jew nor Gentile, but Both (Palgrave 2012) explores the ways in which Paul's epistle to the Romans constructs Jewish identity, and the role played by this construction in the ensuing emergence of Christianity. 

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

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eBook $89.00
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Beginning of the Gospel
Book Subtitle
Paul, Philippi, and the Origins of Christianity
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-89996-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-89996-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-89995-4
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-07912-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 228
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