University of Massachusetts at Amherst
Warring States Project
The end of feudal Jou in 0771, the emergence of a multistate system in Spring and Autumn (08c-06c), and the founding of a unified Chinese Empire in 0221, are one of the great events in world history. The Warring States Project is systematically studying the source texts, with methods standard in all the humanistic sciences, seeking to stratify and accurately date them. The result is a coherent and historically plausible account of China's formative centuries, revealing in greater detail than before the intellectual development leading up to the Empire.
Another world event is the emergence of Christianity out of Judaism in the 1st century. Approached with the same standard methods, the source texts reveal a situation which has long been suspected but not fully investigated: the existence of a pre-Pauline form of Christianity which we call Alpha. Project research is further elucidating this earliest Christianity, and the light it sheds on the texts and the problems of Pauline and post-Pauline Christianity. These, despite centuries of study, have not so far been definitively solved.
Those interested in taking part in any aspect of this work may contact the Project via the mail link on every page of this site.
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