Book Notice: Craig A. Evans’ Forthcoming Book on the Earliest Christians


the archives near Emmaus

Late last week Craig A. Evans (my doctoral supervisor) announced that his next book is scheduled to be released in February from Westminster John Knox Press. It is titled From Jesus to the Church: The First Christian Generation. This is the blurb:

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, best-selling author Craig A. Evans looks at how a tumultuous chain of events from 30-70 CE–beginning with Jesus’s entry into Jerusalem and subsequent crucifixion and ending with the destruction of the temple–led to the separation between the followers of Jesus and other Jews. Topics include the following: 1) whether Jesus actually intended…

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