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By James A. Kelhoffer

The struggles to outline what 'gospel' was once and to strengthen a leader's or a group's legitimacy amidst inter-ecclesial opponents are hallmarks of a lot early Christian literature. beginning with James A. Kelhoffer's inaugural lecture at Uppsala college, this quantity makes on hand 16 revised and up to date articles, initially released among 1998 and 2013, concentrating on technique, 'gospel' and legitimacy. In regard to technique, it truly is argued that the so-called 'historical-critical approach' shouldn't be construed as simply one technique not like (or, instead to) more moderen tools and methods to religious study. Kelhoffer's investigations of 'gospel' in early Christian literature contain while ?????????? got here to designate a written 'Gospel,' no matter if Basilides of Alexandria wrote a Gospel, Paul's proposal of Heilsgeschichte , and patristic debates concerning the unique end to Mark. Examinations of struggles for legitimacy survey quite a number issues and literature - the prayers attributed to the Maccabees, miracles as a affirmation of Paul's legitimacy as an apostle, Luke's apologetic portrayal of Paul as a former persecutor of the church, a readiness to resist persecution as a resource of authentication in response to Paul and the Revelation of John, Hippolytus of Rome's assaults opposed to miracle-working 'heretics,' and the allegedly greater prestige of maimed 'confessors' on the Council of Nicaea. these already accustomed to Kelhoffer's Miracle and Mission (2000), Diet of John the Baptist (2005) and Persecution, Persuasion and Power (2010) will locate during this quantity clean insights advised yet now not constructed in his different books.

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