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Backgrounds of Early Christianity

Backgrounds of Early Christianity

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By (author) Everett Ferguson

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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: 59,030

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Long serving as a standard introduction to the world of the early church, Backgrounds of Early Christianity is now available in an expanded, up-to-date third edition. Featuring 95 photographs of the ancient world, this book explores--now in even greater depth -- 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 substantial revisions of Everett Ferguson's original material, an updated bibliography, and fresh discussions of social life in the first-century, of Gnosticism, and of the Dead Sea Scrolls and other Jewish literature.

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"The vast scope of the book and the labor involved reflect the author's commendable erudition.... Imaginatively and painstakingly executed."

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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.