He [Adolf Deissmann] took no account of the many indications in the New Testament that Paul and most of the early Christians were not from the lowest stratum of society, but were what we would call middle-class.
My two cents
But I was told by a (bitter) Buddhist (back in ’07 I think) that the reason Christianity took off was because it appealed to the poor people, by telling them things they wanted to hear (e.g. blessed are the poor…) If only this webpage could have been written back then so I could have a better means of challenging that Buddhist’s assertion.
Marlowe, M. (2009). Was the Bible Written in ‘Street Language’?. Available: http://www.bible-researcher.com/language-koine.html. Last accessed 23rd May 2011.