A Brief Introduction to the New Testament

A Brief Introduction to the New Testament

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The concise and more pedagogical version of The New Testament: A Historical Introduction to the Early Christian Writings, Fourth Edition, Bart D. Ehrman's A Brief Introduction to the New Testament, Second Edition, is the intriguing story of the early Christian writings - their authors, their subject, and their influence. How were they formed? Why were they written? What do they mean? How do they differ? And how did they come to be collected into a canon of Scripture as the New Testament? Presenting challenging material in a way that is both accessible and understandable, Bart D. Ehrman takes a historical approach to these questions and builds his discussion based on context; he situates the writings of the New Testament in the social, cultural, and literary world of the early Roman Empire. His approach is also comparative, emphasizing similarities and differences between the texts. Bringing forth a multitude of perspectives, including those of various scholars in the field, he raises critical issues while also exemplifying the richness and diversity to be found in the study of early Christian literature.Further enhancing the text, Ehrman incorporates time lines, maps, an extensive box program, a comprehensive glossary of over 200 hundred key terms that are also boldfaced at their first appearance in each chapter and conveniently collected at the end of that chapter, and over seventy photos - now in full color throughout. In this new edition, Ehrman has revised and moved his discussion of Acts of the Apostles to follow the discussion of the Gospels and the historical Jesus. He has also moved his discussion of the Johannine epistles to appear with that of the other epistles. In addition, he has updated the book to reflect recent scholarship and discoveries, including the Gospel of Judas Iscariot. Four boxes are new, as is a photo essay on Ancient Manuscripts of the New Testament; and the Suggestions for Further Reading and the Questions for Study and Reflection (only included in this brief version, not in Ehrman's longer textbook) have been updated. An Instructor's Manual and a Companion Website complement the text.Ideal for introduction to the New Testament courses and other courses on early Christianity, the text is written in Ehrman's inimitable style, bringing the story of the New Testament to life for students and general readers alike.show more

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  • Paperback | 402 pages
  • 190 x 230 x 18mm | 680.39g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • colour illustrations throughout
  • 0195369343
  • 9780195369342
  • 1,131,127

Table of contents

BOXES; PREFACE TO THE SECOND EDITION; PREFACE; ACKNOWLEDGMENTS; NOTES ON SUGGESTIONS FOR FURTHER READING; CREDITS; MASTER TIME LINE; 1. INTRODUCTION: WHAT IS THE NEW TESTAMENT?; WHAT TO EXPECT; THE NEW TESTAMENT: SOME BASIC INFORMATION; OTHER EARLY CHRISTIAN WRITINGS; THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE CHRISTIAN CANON; IMPLICATIONS FOR OUR STUDY; THE NEW TESTAMENT: ONE OTHER SET OF PROBLEMS; AT A GLANCE: THE NEW TESTAMENT CANON; EXCURSUS: SOME ADDITIONAL REFLECTIONS: THE HISTORIAN AND THE BELIEVER; SUGGESTIONS FOR FURTHER READING; KEY TERMS; QUESTIONS FOR STUDY AND REFLECTION; 2. THE ENVIRONMENT OF EARLY CHRISTIAN TRADITIONS: THE GRECO-ROMAN WORLD; WHAT TO EXPECT; THE PROBLEM OF BEGINNINGS; ONE REMARKABLE LIFE; THE ENVIRONMENT OF THE NEW TESTAMENT: RELIGIONS IN THE GRECO-ROMAN WORLD; AT A GLANCE: THE WORLD OF EARLY CHRISTIANITY; SUGGESTIONS FOR FURTHER READING; KEY TERMS; QUESTIONS FOR STUDY AND REFLECTION; 3. THE ENVIRONMENT OF EARLY CHRISTIAN TRADITIONS: THE WORLD OF ANCIENT JUDAISM; WHAT TO EXPECT; MONOTHEISM: THE BELIEF IN ONE TRUE GOD; THE COVENANT: ISRAEL'S PACT WITH ITS GOD; THE LAW: ISRAEL'S COVENANTAL OBLIGATIONS; TEMPLE AND SYNAGOGUE: ISRAEL'S PLACES OF WORSHIP; FORMS OF EARLY JUDAISM; POLITICAL CRISES IN PALESTINE AND THEIR RAMIFICATIONS; THE FORMATION OF JEWISH SECTS; THE JEWISH CONTEXT FOR THE TRADITIONS ABOUT JESUS; AT A GLANCE: THE WORLD OF EARLY JUDAISM; SUGGESTIONS FOR FURTHER READING; KEY TERMS; QUESTIONS FOR STUDY AND REFLECTION; 4. THE TRADITIONS OF JESUS IN THEIR GRECO-ROMAN CONTEXT; WHAT TO EXPECT; ORAL TRADITIONS BEHIND THE GOSPEL; THE GOSPELS AS BIOGRAPHIES OF JESUS; AT A GLANCE: THE TRADITIONS OF JESUS; SOME ADDITIONAL REFLECTIONS: THE AUTHORS OF THE GOSPELS; SUGGESTIONS FOR FURTHER READING; KEY TERMS; QUESTIONS FOR STUDY AND REFLECTION; 5. JESUS, THE SUFFERING SON OF GOD: THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO MARK; WHAT TO EXPECT; THE SYNOPTIC PROBLEM; THE BEGINNING OF THE GOSPEL: JESUS THE MESSIAH, THE SON OF GOD WHO FULFILLS SCRIPTURE; JESUS THE AUTHORITATIVE SON OF GOD; JESUS THE OPPOSED SON OF GOD; JESUS THE MISUNDERSTOOD SON OF GOD; JESUS THE ACKNOWLEDGED SON OF GOD; JESUS THE SUFFERING SON OF GOD; JESUS THE CRUCIFIED SON OF GOD; JESUS THE VINDICATED SON OF GOD; CONCLUSION: MARK AND HIS READERS; AT A GLANCE: THE GOSPEL OF MARK; SUGGESTIONS FOR FURTHER READING; KEY TERMS; QUESTIONS FOR STUDY AND REFLECTION; 6. JESUS, THE JEWISH MESSIAH: THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO MATTHEW; WHAT TO EXPECT; A REDACTIONAL APPROACH TO MATTHEW; THE IMPORTANCE OF BEGINNINGS: JESUS THE JEWISH MESSIAH IN FULFILLMENT OF THE JEWISH SCRIPTURES; THE PORTRAYAL OF JESUS IN MATTHEW: THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT AS A SPRINGBOARD; JESUS REJECTED BY THE JEWISH LEADERS; MATTHEW AND HIS READERS; AT A GLANCE: THE GOSPEL OF MATTHEW; SUGGESTIONS FOR FURTHER READING; KEY TERMS; QUESTIONS FOR STUDY AND REFLECTION; 7. JESUS, THE SAVIOR OF THE WORLD: THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO LUKE; WHAT TO EXPECT; A COMPARATIVE OVERVIEW OF THE GOSPEL; THE PREFACE TO LUKE'S GOSPEL; LUKE'S BIRTH NARRATIVE IN COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVE; FROM JEW TO GENTILE: LUKE'S PORTRAYAL OF JESUS THE REJECTED PROPHET; LUKE'S DISTINCTIVE EMPHASES THROUGHOUT HIS GOSPEL; CONCLUSION: LUKE IN COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVE; AT A GLANCE: THE GOSPEL OF LUKE; SUGGESTIONS FOR FURTHER READING; KEY TERMS; QUESTIONS FOR STUDY AND REFLECTION; 8. JESUS, THE MAN SENT FROM HEAVEN: THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO JOHN; WHAT TO EXPECT; THE GOSPEL OF JOHN FROM A LITERARY-HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE; THE GOSPEL OF JOHN FROM A REDACTIONAL PERSPECTIVE; THE GOSPEL OF JOHN FROM A THEMATIC PERSPECTIVE; THE GOSPEL OF JOHN FROM A COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVE; THE AUTHOR OF THE FOURTH GOSPEL; AT A GLANCE: THE GOSPEL OF JOHN; SUGGESTIONS FOR FURTHER READING; KEY TERMS; QUESTIONS FOR STUDY AND REFLECTION; 9. THE HISTORICAL JESUS; WHAT TO EXPECT; PROBLEMS WITH SOURCES; USING OUR SOURCES; JEWISH APOCALYPTICISM; JESUS IN HIS APOCALYPTIC CONTEXT; THE BEGINNING AND END AS KEYS TO THE MIDDLE; THE APOCALYPTIC DEEDS OF JESUS; THE APOCALYPTIC TEACHINGS OF JESUS; THE APOCALYPTIC DEATH OF JESUS; AT A GLANCE: JESUS THE APOCALYPTIC PROPHET; SUGGESTIONS FOR FURTHER READING; KEY TERMS; QUESTIONS FOR STUDY AND REFLECTION; 10. FROM JESUS TO THE GOSPELS; WHAT TO EXPECT; THE BEGINNING OF CHRISTIANITY; JESUS' RESURRECTION FROM AN APOCALYPTIC PERSPECTIVE; JESUS' DEATH, ACCORDING TO THE SCRIPTURES; THE EMERGENCE OF DIFFERENT UNDERSTANDINGS OF JESUS; AT A GLANCE: FROM JESUS TO THE GOSPELS; SUGGESTIONS FOR FURTHER READING; KEY TERMS; QUESTIONS FOR STUDY AND REFLECTION; 11. LUKE'S SECOND VOLUME: THE BOOK OF ACTS; WHAT TO EXPECT; THE GENRE OF ACTS AND ITS SIGNIFICANCE; THE THEMATIC APPROACH TO ACTS; FROM GOSPEL TO ACTS: THE OPENING TRANSITION; THEMES IN THE SPEECHES IN ACTS; AT A GLANCE: THE BOOK OF ACTS; CONCLUSION: THE AUTHOR AND HIS THEMES IN CONTEXT; SUGGESTIONS FOR FURTHER READING; KEY TERMS; QUESTIONS FOR STUDY AND REFLECTION; 12. PAUL THE APOSTLE: THE MAN AND HIS MISSION; WHAT TO EXPECT; THE STUDY OF PAUL: METHODOLOGICAL DIFFICULTIES; THE LIFE OF PAUL; AT A GLANCE: PAUL AND HIS MISSION; SUGGESTIONS FOR FURTHER READING; KEY TERMS; QUESTIONS FOR STUDY AND REFLECTION; 13. PAUL AND HIS APOSTOLIC MISSION: I THESSALONIANS AS A TEST CASE; WHAT TO EXPECT; THE FOUNDING OF THE CHURCH IN THESSALONICA; THE BEGINNINGS OF THE THESSALONIAN CHURCH: A SOCIO-HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE; THE CHURCH AT THESSALONICA AFTER PAUL'S DEPARTURE; CONCLUSION: PAUL THE APOSTLE; AT A GLANCE: I THESSALONIANS; SUGGESTIONS FOR FURTHER READING; KEY TERMS; QUESTIONS FOR STUDY AND REFLECTION; 14. PAUL AND THE CRISES OF HIS CHURCHES: THE CORINTHIAN CORRESPONDENCE; WHAT TO EXPECT; 1 CORINTHIANS; AT A GLANCE: 1 CORINTHIANS; 2 CORINTHIANS; AT A GLANCE: 2 CORINTHIANS; SUGGESTIONS FOR FURTHER READING; KEY TERMS; QUESTIONS FOR STUDY AND REFLECTION; 15. PAUL AND THE CRISES OF HIS CHURCHES: GALATIANS, PHILIPPIANS, AND PHILEMON; WHAT TO EXPECT; GALATIANS; AT A GLANCE: GALATIANS; PHILIPPIANS; AT A GLANCE: PHILIPPIANS; PHILEMON; AT A GLANCE: PHILEMON; SUGGESTIONS FOR FURTHER READING; KEY TERMS; QUESTIONS FOR STUDY AND REFLECTION; 16. THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO PAUL: THE LETTER TO THE ROMANS; WHAT TO EXPECT; THE OCCASION AND PURPOSE OF THE LETTER; THE THEME OF THE EPISTLE; PAULINE MODELS FOR SALVATION; THE FLOW OF PAUL'S ARGUMENT; CONCLUSION: PAUL AND THE ROMANS; AT A GLANCE: ROMANS; SUGGESTIONS FOR FURTHER READING; KEY TERMS; QUESTIONS FOR STUDY AND REFLECTION; 17. IN THE WAKE OF THE APOSTLE: THE DEUTERO-PAULINE AND PASTORAL EPISTLES; WHAT TO EXPECT; PSEUDONYMITY IN THE ANCIENT WORLD; THE DEUTERO-PAULINE EPISTLES; AT A GLANCE: THE DEUTERO-PAULINE EPISTLES; THE PASTORAL EPISTLES; THE HISTORICAL SITUATION AND AUTHORSHIP OF THE PASTORAL EPISTLES; AT A GLANCE: THE PASTORAL EPISTLES; SUGGESTIONS FOR FURTHER READING; KEY TERMS; QUESTIONS FOR STUDY AND REFLECTION; 18. FROM PAUL'S FEMALE COLLEAGUES TO THE PASTOR'S INTIMIDATED WOMEN: THE OPPRESSION OF WOMEN IN EARLY CHRISTIANITY; WHAT TO EXPECT; WOMEN IN PAUL'S CHURCHES; WOMEN ASSOCIATED WITH JESUS; PAUL'S UNDERSTANDING OF WOMEN IN THE CHURCH; WOMEN IN THE AFTERMATH OF PAUL; ANCIENT IDEOLOGIES OF GENDER; GENDER IDEOLOGY AND THE PAULINE CHURCHES; AT A GLANCE: WOMEN IN EARLY CHRISTIANITY; SUGGESTIONS FOR FURTHER READING; KEY TERMS; QUESTIONS FOR STUDY AND REFLECTION; 19. CHRISTIAN CONFLICTS WITH JEWS AND PAGANS: HEBREWS AND 1 PETER; WHAT TO EXPECT; CHRISTIANS AND JEWS; EARLY CHRISTIAN SELF-DEFINITION; CONTINUITY AND SUPERIORITY: THE EPISTLE TO THE HEBREWS; AT A GLANCE: HEBREWS; CHRISTIANS AND PAGANS; CHRISTIANS IN A HOSTILE WORLD: THE LETTER OF 1 PETER; AT A GLANCE: 1 PETER; SUGGESTIONS FOR FURTHER READING; KEY TERMS; QUESTIONS FOR STUDY AND REFLECTION; 20. CHRISTIAN CONFLICTS WITH CHRISTIANS: JAMES, 2 PETER, JUDE, AND THE JOHANNINE EPISTLES; WHAT TO EXPECT; CHRISTIAN CONFLICTS WITH CHRISTIANS; THE EPISTLE OF JAMES; JUDE; 2 PETER; THE JOHANNINE EPISTLES; UNDERSTANDING THE JOHANNINE EPISTLES; REFLECTIONS ON THE CONTEXTUAL METHOD FOR UNDERSTANDING THE JOHANNINE EPISTLES; CONFLICTS WITHIN THE EARLY CHRISTIAN COMMUNITIES; AT A GLANCE: CHRISTIAN INTERNAL CONFLICTS; SUGGESTIONS FOR FURTHER READING; KEY TERMS; QUESTIONS FOR STUDY AND REFLECTION; 21. CHRISTIANS AND THE COSMOS: THE BOOK OF REVELATION; WHAT TO EXPECT; THE CONTENT AND STRUCTURE OF THE BOOK OF REVELATION; THE BOOK OF REVELATION FROM A HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE; APOCALYPTIC WORLD VIEWS AND APOCALYPSE GENRE; THE REVELATION OF JOHN IN HISTORICAL CONTEXT; AT A GLANCE: THE BOOK OF REVELATION; SUGGESTIONS FOR FURTHER READING; KEY TERMS; QUESTIONS FOR STUDY AND REFLECTION; GLOSSARY OF TERMS; INDEXshow more

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This is an excellent introductory work, beautifully presented and lavishly illustrated. The use of full colour throughout makes it a visual delight...as an introductory text, this is one of the best on the market, and for the visual experience, the one to beat. Mark Finney, Journal for the Study of the New Testamentshow more

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