Dr Patrick McMurray, Associate Tutor at SEI, has just published a new book: Seven Origins of Christianity: A Short History from Genesis to the Trinity!
Dr McMurray’s point of departure is Luke 24.13–14: ‘And, behold, two of them went that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was from Jerusalem about threescore furlongs. And they talked together of all these things which had happened.’
The book jacket tells the reader what to expect: ‘Let us tread some dusty ancient roads, as walked by the disciples and indeed by Jesus Christ himself. Join biblical scholar and enthusiast Dr Patrick McMurray in a fascinating conversation about the origins of Christianity, within both the Jewish and the ancient Mediterranean worlds.
By selecting seven key texts, each of which underpins Christianity as we know it today, “Seven Origins of Christianity” offers a unique combination of historical breadth with depth. These texts, our journey’s stepping stones, furnish readers with the broadest historical panorama, but yet will nonetheless permit us to pause and to dwell upon the juiciest points of curiosity and intrigue.
Distilling 100 years of scholarship, this book offers a superb introduction to the historical underpinnings of both theology and of the Christian faith. As such, this absorbing narrative draws together a huge amount of both insight and interest, encapsulating this within just one handy volume.’