Peter, Stephen, James, and John
Non-Pauline Diversity in the Early Church
This concise study describes four of the non-Pauline movements in the early church, each of which can be identified with a particular leader: Peter, acknowledged leader of the apostles; Stephen and the Hellenists (Jews who spoke Greek culturally and linguistically); James and the Church of Jerusalem; and John and his circle, including his influence at Ephesus. Writing for the website Church History 101, R.A. Baker says, “Bruce admits to being a ‘Paulinist,’ yet this text gives NT readers a better historical understanding of the non-Pauline traditions. . . . If you want to properly understand Paul, you need to understand historical context. This text does the job.”
Originally published in England as Men and Movements in the Primitive Church.
Ebook, published by Kingsley Books