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- Publisher: William B Eerdmans Publishing Co
- Format: Paperback | 648 pages
- Dimensions: 152mm x 234mm x 33mm | 930g
- Publication date: 4 November 2003
- Publication City/Country: Grand Rapids
- ISBN 10: 0802822215
- ISBN 13: 9780802822215
- Edition: 3, Revised
- Edition statement: 3rd Revised edition
- Illustrations note: 95ill.
- Sales rank: 55,137
A textbook identifying the influences and sources within which Christianity rose, and introducing the primary sources that students will presumably study more thoroughly in subsequent courses. The earlier editions were published in 1987 and 1993. Annotation 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com).
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Having long served as a standard introduction to the world of the early church, Everett Ferguson's "Backgrounds of Early Christianity" has been expanded and updated in this third edition. The book explores and unpacks the Roman, Greek, and Jewish political, social, religious, and philosophical backgrounds necessary for a good historical understanding of the New Testament and the early church. New to this edition are revisions of Ferguson's original material, updated bibliographies, and fresh discussions of first-century social life, of Gnosticism, and of the Dead Sea Scrolls and other Jewish literature.