Item description for Making Jesus the Messiah: Saint Paul and the God-fearers: a Market View by Robert Brownstein...
Long before the time of Jesus, Jewish communities spread throughout the eastern Mediterranean. Many of these congregations are augmented by growing numbers of Gentiles, known as God-fearers, who participate in the synagogue, follow many Jewish practices but reject adult circumcision.
Soon after the crucifixion of Jesus, his first followers, all Jews, start new congregations in Palestine and the Diaspora, preaching his Jewish message. Two years later, in the year 35, Paul, a Jew from Asia Minor, will join this movement and change its character and direction forever.
During Paul's early missions to Diaspora synagogues, he finds that these gentile Jewish "sympathizers" respond to his proposals for a "New Israel." They will provide him with the market opening he needs to start his first congregations.
Making Jesus the Messiah illuminates the pivotal relationship between Paul and this market segment of God-fearers in the earliest history of Christianity. With his first communities established, Christianity is born.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9" Width: 6" Height: 0.85" Weight: 1.22 lbs.
Release Date Nov 20, 2000
Publisher Writer's Showcase Press
ISBN 0595141765 ISBN13 9780595141760
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More About Robert Brownstein
Brownstein is a veteran of World War II, the Korean conflict and 33 years with IBM. His career in computing encompassed product and business planning, and market development.
Robert Brownstein currently resides in Stamford, in the state of Connecticut.
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Christianity's Origins and Today's Marketing Know-how Feb 8, 2001
An intriguing, highly plausible theory of how Christianity was created by Jews, but only succeeded outside the Jewish faith. The teachings of Jesus were not embraced by the community in which he was born. To be a Jewish Christian you had to keep ALL the laws, including the restrictive dietary ones, and be circumcised. Tough requirements. To be a Gentile (Pauline) Christian you only needed to have faith. This ultimately made for a winning marketing strategy. This superbly researched, thoughtful book will rattle traditionalists -- though not scholar's -- cages. Clear on the impossibility of ever knowing if a man named Jesus even existed, the author elects to write with the working assumption that he did. He then traces the struggle between James, the brother of Jesus, and Paul, the newcomer from the north in their fight to create a new religion, something that Jesus himself never even considered. There were compromises, but Paul gradually began to win the day. First James ceded interest in Gentiles, the largest market, to Paul. Paul had the energy and drive to grow the numbers of people embracing his religious ideas. He made conversion easy for men by dropping circumcision, replacing it with the far easier to take baptism. As an outsider he was not hung up on the issue of Jerusalem. He had no notion of exclusivity and embraced all peoples -- Jew, Gentile, Greek or Roman -- who could be reached from within the Roman Empire. And then the roof fell in on the Jewish Christians directed from Jerusalem. The city was destroyed during the first Jewish revolt, and no Second Coming occurred to save them. James's hope for "his" religion, and James himself, died as a result of the revolt. Paul's Gentile Christians thrived in the wake of their adversary's destruction. The religion Paul invented would rise to become the most powerful monotheistic religion in the world. If you share the author's fascination with this topic, buy the book. His scholarship is excellent, and it's a darn good read.