Offener Anfang: Die Entstehung des Christentums im 2. Jahrhundert

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Based on the hypothesis that few people during the first millennium was interested in a historical depiction of the beginnings of Christianity, the book makes the groundbreaking discovery that traditional narratives of the origins of Christianity are questionable. The oldest witnesses that transmit to us how Christianity started, are neither the canonical gospels, nor the canonical acts of the apostles, nor the letters of Paul. They are mostly so-called apocryphal texts, pseudonymous letters, acts of saints and apostles or Jewish writings. The major historians and theologians of the first centuries rely on these rather than on canonical sources.
Original languageGerman
Place of PublicationFreiburg
Number of pages386
ISBN (Print)9783451385773
Publication statusPublished - 18 Sept 2019


  • Early Christianity
  • Patristics
  • New Testament
  • Late Antiquity

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