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Peter, Stephen, James and John: Studies in Early Non-Pauline Christianity Hardcover – October 1, 1980


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  • Hardcover: 159 pages
  • Publisher: Eerdmans Pub Co (October 1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802835325
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802835321
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #975,691 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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F. F. Bruce (1910-1990) was Rylands Professor of Biblical Criticism and Exegesis at the University of Manchester in England. During his distinguished career, he wrote more than forty bestselling commentaries and books, including several titles published by InterVarsity Press, A Mind for What Matters and Paul, Apostle of the Heart Set Free. He also served as general editor of The New International Commentary on the New Testament.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By David E. Blair on April 26, 2009
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This book is comprised of four independent studies based on four lecture series presented by the author. Each is concerned with a different strand of early non-Pauline Christianity. These traditions are associated with the apostle Peter, Stephen and the Hellenists, the Johannine community, and James, the relative of Jesus. This book first appeared in nineteen eighty late in the distinguished career of Frederick Fyvie Bruce. As with all of this author's scholarship, a keen grasp of the history of the early Church and the Roman world of the time are displayed. Equally apparent is his familiarity with the ancient languages involved and his insightful exegesis of the scriptures considered. While this book is a relatively easy read accessible to any literate adult, a reasonable knowledge of early Church history is a prerequisite to the fullest appreciation of its contents. Also, the prose flow of this book is so smooth that concerted effort and concentration on the reader's part are necessary to avoid missing much of interest. Both in the finer points and global analysis there is much here that is original, and quite a bit of it might well be considered adventurous even today. As with many books stemming from lectures, a bibliography is lacking although footnotes are quite copious throughout. A composite index of subjects and modern authors is provided which is helpful.

The author suggests three very early Jewish Christian communities at Jerusalem centered around Peter, Stephen, and James. Bruce's portrait of Peter owes much to the work of James D. G. Dunn which is graciously acknowledged. Peter, the early leader of the apostles, is seen as increasingly estranged from the Jerusalem center for a variety of reasons.
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By R. Okonkwo on November 23, 2013
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Bruce will never disappoint me in all his books. I wish he may continue to write, but unfortunately, good things never last forever.
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