The Rise of Normative Christianity

By Arland J. Hultgren

The Rise of Normative Christianity

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  • ISBN: 9781592447381
  • Pages: 224
  • Publication Date: 7/5/2004
  • Retail Price: $27.00
Web Price: $21.60
Web Price: $21.60

The Rise of Normative Christianity

By Arland J. Hultgren

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PAPERBACK

  • ISBN: 9781592447381
  • Pages: 224
  • Publication Date: 7/5/2004
  • Retail Price: $27.00
Web Price: $21.60

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More than fifty years ago, Walter Bauer's 'Orthodoxy and Heresy in Earliest Christianity' undercut the traditional views on the making of orthodox Christianity by arguing that in several geographic areas, heresy preceded orthodoxy. Subsequently, the ancient documents discovered at Nag Hammadi proved that early Christianity was tremendously diverse.

These influences have given rise to the notion that the various gnostic interpretations are mere alternatives to more traditional interpretations of Jesus and his significance.

Using a focused but broad definition of "normative Christianity," Hultgren contends that such a tradition originated at the very beginnings of the Christian movements, developed, and came to dominate as the most adequate expression of Jesus' legacy. Normative Christianity - a stream as wide as the New Testament canon - forged a coherence between confession of faith and community ethos that could endure and was the basis for later orthodoxy.

Contributors-

Arland J. Hultgren

Bio(s)-

Arland J. Hultgren is Asher O. and Carrie Nasby Professor of New Testament at Luther Seminary in Saint Paul, Minnesota. He is also the author of 'Christ and His Benefits: Christology and Redemption in the New Testament' and 'The Parables of Jesus: A Commentary'.

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