1 Introduction: The Dismantling and Reassembling of the Categories of New Testament Scholarship 2 Kerygma and History in the New Testament 3 LOGOI SOPHON: On the Gattung of Q 4 GNOMAI DIAPHOROI: The Origin and Nature of Diversification in the History of Early Christianity 5 One Jesus and Four Primitive Gospels 6 The Structure and Criteria of Early Christian Beliefs 7 The Johannine Trajectory 8 Conclusion: The Intention and Scope of Trajectories
Endorsements & Reviews-
"One can only begin by welcoming this book. For too long now we have been handicapped in our appreciation of the New Testament. On the one hand, by an unduly monolithic view of the development of early Christianity, wherein there was a main line of orthodoxy and various fallings off into heresy, and on the other hand, by a view of the New Testament which unduly set its books apart from other early Christian literature. It is the fundamental claim of Robinson and Koester that we must instead think of early Christianity as a many-hued phenomenon out of which both orthodoxy and heresy ultimately crystallized in various ways; as we must also recognize that we cannot write an 'Introduction to the New Testament' but only a 'History of Early Christian Literature.' . . . All in all I find this book immensely stimulating." --Norman Perrin, Interpretation
James M. Robinson Helmut Koester
James M. Robinson is Professor of Religion Emeritus at Claremont Graduate University. Among his many publications are 'The Gospel of Jesus,' 'The Secrets of Judas,' and 'The Sayings Gospel Q: Collected Essays.' He is also the general editor of 'The Nag Hammadi Library in English' and 'The Coptic Gnostic Library.'
Helmut Koester is John H. Morrison Research Professor of Divinity and Winn Research Professor of Ecclesiastical History at Harvard Divinity School. Among his numerous publications are 'Introduction to the New Testament' and 'Ancient Christian Gospels.'