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Religious Experience in Earliest Christianity: A Missing Dimension in New Testament Studies
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Religious Experience in Earliest Christianity: A Missing Dimension in New Testament Studies

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Fortress Press 1998

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Overview

Luke Johnson here issues a provocative call for a radically new direction in New Testament studies that can change the way we have viewed the entire phenomenon of early Christianity. Johnson is convinced that the dominant ways of studying early Christianity tend to miss its specifically religious character, because of a disjunction between formal religion and “popular” religion. Through three case studies on baptism, glossolalia, and meals, he proposes to show how a more holistic, phenomenological approach can be made. His approach makes possible the inclusion of the world of healings, religious power, ecstasy, and spirit. This, he argues, is the religious experience of real persons in the study of early Christianity.

Johnson concludes that there is still much to be learned about early Christianity as a religion, if we can find a way to get at the category of real experience. He maintains that early Christian texts reflect lives that are caught up in and defined by a power not in their control but controlled instead by the crucified and raised Messiah Jesus.

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Key Features

  • Calls for a new direction in New Testament studies
  • Presents three case studies on baptism, glossolalia, and meals
  • Examines the world of healings, religious power, ecstasy, and spirit

Contents

  • What’s Missing From Christian Origins
  • Getting At Christian Experience
  • Ritual Imprinting and the Politics of Perfection
  • Glossolalia and the Embarrassments
  • Meals Are Where the Magic Is

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About Luke Timothy Johnson

Luke Timothy Johnson is Robert W. Woodruff Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. His works include The Real Jesus: The Misguided Quest for the Historical Jesus, the Trust of the Traditional Gospels, and much more.