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Sinners: Jesus and His Earliest Followers [Paperback]

Greg Carey

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1 May 2009
How did early Christians remember Jesus -- and how did they develop their own "Christian" identities and communities? In this accessible and revelatory book, Greg Carey explores how transgression contributed to early Christian identity in the Gospels, Acts, Letters of Paul, and Revelation. Carey examines Jesus as a friend of sinners, challenger of purity laws, transgressor of conventional masculine values of his time, and convicted seditionist. He looks at early Christian communities as out of step with "respectable" practices of their time. Finally, he provides examples of contemporary Christians whose faith requires them to "do the right thing," even when it means violating current definitions of "respectability".

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This book surprises the reader with discoveries that make its theme come alive with a renewed appreciation for how rhetorical subjects are embedded inextricably in the human experience. The writing is simple, clear, engaging, and often even exciting. Gary Selby helps us to grasp the power of rhetoric as a lived, experienced phenomenon. His work draws out King's use of Exodus in a manner that provides unsuspected depth of meaning and understanding.

--Michael Osborn, University of Memphis, Professor Emeritus, Department of Communication

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5.0 out of 5 stars a great book for teachers and clergy 4 May 2009
By Barbara A. Pace - Published on
Greg Carey's Sinners: Jesus and His Earliest Followers was a very enlightening dipiction of the reaction of society during His day to Jesus' life, His ministry, and His treatment of all of the people whom He met along the way. This book makes Jesus and His followers much more real to me as I viewed them in Roman times. I teach Sunday School and a ladies Bible class, and I will certainly refer to this book in my future classes. This is a wonderful book for Bible teachers such as I. The Epilogue and the Conclusion are especially entertaining!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sinners: worth reading 30 April 2009
By Ray Luber - Published on
Greg Carey's presentation is clear and straight forward. His writing style is precise. The book presents a unique view of early Christianity in that it seeks to reflect how early Christians saw themselves and how they were viewed by the "general pubic" in the first couple of centuries. His idea the Jesus interacted with and accepted "sinners" (he goes to great pains to describe what this label meant) without requesting repentance is interesting and challenging. This book is a worth while read for anyone (not just clergy) interested in the early days of Christianity.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read 13 Oct 2010
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I enjoyed this book greatly. It was an interesting read and helped me to better understand what it meant to be a sinner during the time of Jesus. This book also brought into perspective how Jesus and his disciples broke social norms.
This book arrived near the beginning of the shipping period, which was very nice. The only downside would be the price, but most books these days are getting to be more expensive.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Greg Carey's Sinners 14 Dec 2010
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This book arrived quickly and that was important since I had ordered it for a class.
I ordered one for myself and one for a friend. I have finished the book and
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