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Sources of Christianity

Peter, Paul and John

Bastiaan Baan Christine Gruwez John Schaik Philip Mees



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Floris Books
17 August 2017
The three apostles Peter, Paul and John are the most important starting point for understanding the beginnings of Christianity. Each brings a different background and language: Peter's Old Testament imagery, Paul's connection with Greek culture, and John's independent lyricism. This fascinating book paints a vivid picture of the three, exploring what they had in common as well as their significant differences, and demonstrating their continuing relevance today. The authors start by discussing the pre-Christian context, and finish by tracing the esoteric streams of Petrine, Pauline and Johannine Christianity in the first few centuries after Christ. They show above all that all three are needed to truly approach the reality of Jesus Christ.
By:   Bastiaan Baan, Christine Gruwez, John Schaik
Translated by:   Philip Mees
Imprint:   Floris Books
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 156mm, 
Weight:   281g
ISBN:   9781782504290
ISBN 10:   178250429X
Pages:   224
Publication Date:   17 August 2017
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Bastiaan Baan worked as a teacher in the Netherlands before being ordained in 1981. He was a Christian Community priest in the Netherlands and is currently director of the priests' seminary in Spring Valley, NY. He lectures widely, and has written many books. Lord of the Elements, and Old and New Mysteries, are both available in English. Christine Gruwez was born in Kortrijk, Belgium, in the borderland between Flemish and French speakers. She studied classics and philosophy at Leuven University, specialising in Iranian studies. She has written on Manichaism and anthroposophy, on freedom in Islam, and on Dionysius the Areopagite. She has taught in schools in Antwerp, as well as giving lectures, workshops, seminars and writing. She is married with four daughters. John van Schaik studied at Utrecht and Antwerp, reading medieval mysticism. He wrote his doctoral thesis on Cathers and Manichaeanism. He has published many books on gnosticism, mysticism and esoteric Christianity.

Reviews for Sources of Christianity: Peter, Paul and John

'The three authors combine academic thoroughness with a lively capacity to enter imaginatively into their theme, be it the personality of leading figures in the early Christian milieu, or the socio-religious circumstances of those times. The text is accessible and at times has the power to evoke clearly that period of our collective past, which has fashioned us so particularly to be the types of human beings we are today.' -- Camphill Correspondence

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