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The consequences of becoming a Christian in the early Christian movement is set apart from that move from any other religious affiliation. This book explores the growth of adherents to early Christianity; that all across this early period people became adherents of Christianity in the face of the costs and consequences of doing so.
Dr. Hurtado began his teaching career at Regent College in Vancouver, then to the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg where he founded the University of Manitoba Institute for the Humanities. He later accepted the professorial chair in New Testament Language, Literature and Theology in the University of Edinburgh where he founded the Centre for the Study of Christian Origins.He is well known for his numerous publications on the origins of devotion to Jesus, particularly his book, Lord Jesus Christ: Devotion to Jesus in Earliest Christianity (Eerdmans, 2003). He is widely credited with helping to establish what is now referred to as the emerging consensus view that devotion to Jesus as sharing in divine status erupted early, quickly, and initially in circles of Jewish believers. His forthcoming book emphasizes the distinctive nature of early Christianity in its Roman-era setting: Destroyer of the Gods: Christian Distinctives in the Roman World (Baylor University Press, 2016). His popular blog is carried at https://larryhurtado.wordpress.com He is an elected member of the Society for New Testament Studies (1984). He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2008, and was President of the British New Testament Society, 2009-2012. He and his wife, Shannon (an art historian), live in Edinburgh.