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Keith Akers’ latest effort, Disciples: How Jewish Christianity shaped Jesus and Shattered the Church, is a ground-breaking examination of a largely misunderstood period in Christian history. Akers’ illumination of primary sources throws into question many long-held beliefs of the trajectory of early Christianity. His systematic review of the surviving evidence gradually builds a formidable and convincing framework for an understanding of the early faith. If you are interested in pre-Nicene Christianity, this is a must-read.
— Brian Wagner, doctoral candidate, New Testament and Early Christian Studies, University of South Africa.