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Alpha is an annual repository for leading-edge research in the New Testament and related texts, and the historical development which the texts imply. Like its older sister journal Warring States Papers, it has a central focus on the methodology of text-based historical research, and includes examples of the application of basic historical and philological methods to texts in other traditions, including Chinese and Homeric Greek. In the past, the early Christian texts have been approached theologically, rather than as historical sources. Christian history has been seen as fully realized in Paul, and all other viewpoints are dismissed as later heresies. But many of the NT texts give hints of a prePauline Christianity, the thing Paul began by persecuting. The work of the Project leads to an unexpectedly full picture of that pattern of early belief and practice. It is this to which we have given the name Alpha Christianity. It turns out to be remarkably close to what many contemporary Christians actually live. Volume 1 (cover date 2013) includes work of Project principals and others through 2012, but delays in printing have made it possible to include some papers of later date.
Highlights of Volume 1 include: Gospel Trajectories Three Iliad Interpolations The Epistle of Jacob Mark at Perga Luke's Parable of the Canny Steward Acts-Luke Judas Armed and Dangerous
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