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From Jesus to the Church: The First Christian Generation

ISBN: 9780664239053
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Did Jesus intend to found a church separate from Judaism? Who were the very first followers of Jesus? And how did a clash between two families—the family of Jesus on one hand and the family of high priest Annas and their aristocratic allies on the other—eventually lead to the formation of Christianity? In this study, bestselling author Craig A. Evans looks at how a tumultuous chain of events from 30 to 70 AD led to the separation between early Christ-followers and other Jews. Evans examines key questions such as whether Jesus actually intended to found the Christian Church, what Jesus’ proclamation of the “Kingdom of God” meant for first generation Christians, the role of James (brother of Jesus) in the new movement, the tension between James and Paul, and the perspective of Christians on the destruction of the Temple and the Jewish rebellion. Evans draws these events together in an accessible volume that will help modern Christians understand the background of the New Testament they read, and interpret it with clear ideas of its historical backdrop.

Key Features

  • Examines the early development of the church in the years following Jesus’ death
  • Focuses on key personalities and leaders in the early Christian church
  • Fills in historical gaps left by the New Testament about the arly church


  • Introduction
  • Did Jesus Intend to Found a Church?
  • From Kingdom of God to Church of Christ
  • James as Leader of the Jesus Community
  • Phinehan Zeal and Works of the Law: What Paul and James are Really Saying
  • Jerusalem Communities in Conflict
  • The Church between Paul, James, and Ignatius
  • Appendix: Root Causes of the Jewish-Christian Rift: From Jesus to Justin

Praise for the Print Edition

[A]nyone interested in early Christianity, especially the period from Christ to the destruction of the Jerusalem temple, should read From Jesus to the Church. This book is also a treat for anyone interested in Christianity’s Jewish background and as well as noncanonical Jewish texts. Evans has an astounding knowledge of deuterocanonical texts and Qumran scrolls that shed much light on the topics he discusses. This is a short book with a wealth of information that is both accessible for laypeople enjoyable for scholars. I highly recommend it.

—Jennifer Guo,

  • Title: From Jesus to the Church: The First Christian Generation
  • Author: Craig A. Evans
  • Edition: First edition
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox
  • Print Publication Date: 2014
  • Logos Release Date: 2016
  • Pages: 208
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subject: Church history › Primitive and early church, ca. 30-600
  • ISBN: 9780664239053
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2019-10-03T22:39:23Z

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Craig A. Evans

Dr. Craig A. Evans received his PhD in New Testament from Claremont Graduate University and his DHabil from the Karoli Gaspar Reformed University in Budapest. He is the John Bisagno Distinguished Professor of Christian Origins at Houston Baptist University in Texas.

Evans taught at Trinity Western University in British Columbia for 21 years, where he directed the graduate program in biblical studies and founded the Dead Sea Scrolls Institute. He has recently served on the advisory board for the Gospel of Judas for National Geographic Society and has appeared frequently as an expert commentator on network television programs.

Evans has written and edited extensively on the historical Jesus and the Jewish background of the New Testament era. His published works include From Prophecy to Testament, Jesus and the Ossuaries, Jesus: The Final Days, and Dictionary of New Testament Background.

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