Irish Jesus, Roman Jesus: The Formation of Early Irish Christianity
Nearly two thousand years before the Roman Empire, a group of Celts wandered into the Mediterranean basin, establishing a home in the region of Galatia, modern-day Turkey. They brought with them their political and economic systems, their cultural practices, and most significantly their religious traditions. Paul of Tarsus visited Galatia and established churches there. But after his visit, troubling news reached him. Despite Paul s teaching, the Galatian churches were arguing over the correct practice of the Jesus tradition. Paul made a second visit, followed by his letter to the Galatians. In his Irish Jesus, Roman Jesus, Graydon Snyder looks to Galatia for the origins of Irish Christianity and points to the possibility of a very different course for Christian history. He shows how the religious practices and beliefs of the Galatians more properly called the Celts did not fit Paul's teaching and interpretation of the Jesus tradition. The Celts, for example, did not believe that human nature was corrupt. Instead, they affirmed the essential goodness of human nature and focused on the moral and compassionate elements of the Jesus tradition. The Celts eventually moved to Ireland. The Christianity that they developed there, promulgated by Patrick and others, sharply contrasted with Paul s version that is at the roots of Western orthodox Christianity. If the Celts rather than the Romans had won the day, contemporary Christianity would look very different indeed. Graydon F. Snyder is Professor of New Testament (retired) at Chicago Theological Seminary. His books include Inculturation of the Jesus Tradition, Putting Body and Soul Together, and First Corinthians. He lives in Chicago, Illinois.
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A retired New Testament professor with "absolutely no background on the Irish," Snyder (Chicago Theological Seminary; Inculturation of the Jesus Tradition) comes to his subject from an interest in the cultural assimilation of the Christian message. How, he wants to know, did the original Pauline gospel tradition get to Ireland, and how was it reshaped by Celtic culture? This volume focuses on those questions and discuses some of the ways Celtic and Roman Christianity differed. For those familiar with Celtic Christianity, Snyder's work breaks little new ground. The earlier portion-which discusses Paul's Epistle to the Galatians and the migration of Christianity from Asia Minor to Ireland-is rooted in equal parts fact and speculation. The latter portion of the narrative summarizes material available elsewhere (e.g., the role of Celtic high crosses in illustrating Christian stories). Still, the work will be useful for those new to the subject, as well as to those who wish to explore how Christianity was assimilated into various cultures. Recommended for theological libraries and general academic collections with holdings in Christian history.-Christopher Brennan, SUNY Coll. at Brockport Lib. ...
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This wasn't quite what I expected-- I'm not sure I fully understand what the Irish Jesus would be like-- but it inspired me to read more and ask further questions. There are some excellent insights on the general message of Jesus, as well. Read full review
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