Backgrounds of Early Christianity

Backgrounds of Early Christianity

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Ferguson's authoritative students' introduction to the world of the early church has now been revised and expanded with new discussions of `first-century social life, of Gnosticism, and of the Dead Sea Scrolls and other Jewish literature'. Each section is clearly structured with its own bibliography. Arranged thematically, chapters discuss the political background (looking at the political history of the Near East, Alexander the Great, the Hellenistic kingdoms and Rome), society and culture (including the Roman military, social classes, slavery, relationships, morality, economy, entertainment, literature, art and architecture, clubs and associations), Hellenistic-Roman religions (cults, imperial cults, personal religions, Greek and eastern mysteries), Hellenistic-Roman philosophies, Judaism and Christianity.

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  • Paperback | 648 pages
  • 152.4 x 233.68 x 33.02mm | 929.86g
  • William B Eerdmans Publishing Co
  • Grand Rapids, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 3rd Revised edition
  • 95ill.
  • 0802822215
  • 9780802822215
  • 55,073

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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.

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"Currents in Theology and Mission" "The text is excellent -- rich and amazingly detailed. A standard textbook, it would also be a good addition to a parish library." "Bryn Mawr Classical Review" This book provides a good introduction for students to the historical, cultural and religious environment of the New Testament. "

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