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The Christian Survivor

How Roman Christianity Defeated Its Early Competitors


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Robert Crotty
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  3. Robert Crotty
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  18. Robert Crotty
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  19. Back Matter
    Pages 331-355

About this book


The book puts the current interest in historical Jesus research into a proper historical context, highlighting Gnosticism’s lasting influence on early Christianity and making the provocative claim that nearly all Christian Churches are in some way descended from Roman Christianity. Breaking with the accepted wisdom of Christianity’s origins, the revised history it puts forward challenges the assumptions of Church and secular historians, biblical  critics and general readers alike, with profound repercussions for scholarship, belief and practice. 


Early Christianity Roman Christianity The Historical Jesus Anthropology of Religion The Biblical Jesus The Literary Jesus Jesus movement groups Jesus movements in Palestine Johannine Christianity The Gnostic Paul The Historical Paul The Biblical Paul Gnosticism Inclusivist and pluralist Christianity Gnostic foundation of John’s gospel Minimalist Jewish history Later Roman Christian influence Peter in Rome Abraham and Isaac tradition Roman Christianity in the East

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of South AustraliaAdelaideAustralia

About the authors

Robert Brian Crotty is the Emeritus Professor of Religion and Education at the University of South Australia. He has been a Visiting Scholar at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Oxford University, and a Visiting Fellow at the Woolf Institute, Cambridge University. Professor Crotty was educated in Australia, Rome and Jerusalem. He has research degrees in Ancient History, Education, Christian Theology and Biblical Studies. He is an Élève Titulaire of the École Biblique in Jerusalem. In Rome and Jerusalem, he studied under some of the great scholars of early Christianity, including Ignace de la Potterie, Marie-Émile Boismard and Pierre Benoit and studied Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek, Latin and Syriac in order to further his intimate understanding of biblical texts. He has authored or edited some 33 books, multiple book chapters and journal articles in the areas of Theology, Biblical Studies and World Religions.

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