The brother of Jesus and the lost teachings of Christianity [electronic resource] / Jeffrey J. Bütz.
- ISBN: 9781594778797 (electronic bk.)
- ISBN: 1594778795 (electronic bk.)
- Physical Description: 1 online resource (xviii, 220 p.)
- Publisher: Rochester, Vt. : Inner Traditions, c2005.
|Bibliography, etc. Note:|| Includes bibliographical references (p. 204-212) and index.
|Formatted Contents Note:|| The nature of Jesus' family. Persona non grata : James the brother of Jesus ; A family divided : Jesus' family in the Gospels -- the nature of the Jerusalem church. James of Jerusalem : the witness of Luke and Paul ; Pope James : the first apostolic council and the incident at Antioch ; Apostolic intrigue : Paul's final visit to Jerusalem and the death of James -- The nature of Jewish Christianity. Keeping the candle burning : James in history and tradition ; The brother of God : James, Gnosticism, and Jewish Christianity -- The nature of orthodoxy. Orthodoxy and heresy : James and the quest for the historical Jesus ; The forgotten hero : James and the origins of Christianity -- The nature of the descendants of Abraham. Thy kingdom come : a new paradigm to repair the breach ; Epilogue : healing the wasteland.
|Summary, etc.:|| "James, the younger brother of Jesus, has been the subject of controversy since the founding of Christianity. This book reveals his true role as Jesus' chosen successor and demonstrates that the core message in the teachings of Jesus is an expansion, not a repudiation, of the Jewish religion."
"Using the canonical Gospels, writings of the Church Fathers, and apocryphal texts, Butz argues that James is the most overlooked figure in the history of the Church. He shows how the core teachings of Jesus are firmly rooted in Hebrew tradition and reveals the bitter battles between James and Paul for ideological supremacy in the early Church, explaining that Paul's interpretations, which became the foundation of the Church, are in many ways a betrayal of Jesus' teachings. Butz reveals a picture of Christianity and the true meaning of Christ's message that are sometimes quite at odds with established Christian doctrine and concludes that James can serve as a desperately needed link between Christianity, Judaism, and Islam that could heal the wounds of centuries of enmity."--Jacket.
|Source of Description Note:|| Description based on print version record.
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