My forthcoming book, Disciples: How Jewish Christianity Shaped Jesus and Shattered the Church, will be published
about November 1 probably before Thanksgiving likely by December 9. We also now have a better idea of what the cover will look like (to the left). I’m pleased to get a blurb for Disciples from Kamran Pasha, a Hollywood filmmaker and novelist.
We’re also assembling a list of people to get review copies. If you know someone who might be interested in reviewing the book, let me know.
Here’s the blurb I’ve written for the book:
A book about the disciples of Jesus would typically start with Jesus himself: first there was Jesus, then he had disciples. This book suggests a fundamentally different story: first there was a movement, then Jesus emerged as its leader. This movement was markedly different from both rabbinic Judaism and gentile Christianity. It became known to history as “Jewish Christianity”—Jews who followed both Jesus (as they understood him) and the Jewish law (as they understood it).
These first disciples affirmed simple living, nonviolence, and vegetarianism, and rejected wealth, war, and animal sacrifices. Some two decades after Jesus was crucified, they split with their most famous missionary, Paul, over the issues of vegetarianism and eating meat from animal sacrifices. The history of Jewish Christianity takes our understanding of Christian origins into a completely new realm.