The New Testament

The New Testament : An Historical Introduction to the Early Christian Writings

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This introduction to the New Testament takes a comparative historical approach to early Chrisitian writings. Without shying away from the critical challenge posed by the ancient books, it emphasizes their impressive diversity and discusses the ongoing academic debate over their authorship, meaning, origin, collection in a canon of Scripture and reason for existence. A feature of the study is the presentation of the Greco-Roman world, including early Judea, as not merely a background to early Christian writings, but as the context from which the books emerged and within which they must be viewed. It also reviews other works by Christian writers written at the time the New Testament was created, such as the Gospel of Thomas, the Apocalypse of Peter, and the letters of Ignatius.show more

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  • Paperback | 462 pages
  • 187.96 x 233.68 x 22.86mm | 793.78g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • 50 photographs, 10 maps, 15 graphs and charts
  • 0195084810
  • 9780195084818

Table of contents

Preface, Acknowledgements, Credits, What is the New Testament? The Early Christians and Their Literature; The World of Early Christian Traditions; The Traditions of Jesus in their Greco-Roman Context; The Christian Gospels: A Literary and Historical Introduction; Jesus, the Suffering Son of God: The Gospel according to Mark; The Synoptic Problem and Its Significance for Intepretation; Jesus, the Jewish Messiah: The Gospel according to Matthew; Jesus, the Savior of the World: The Gospel according to Luke; Luke's Second Volume: The Acts of the Apostles; Jesus, The Man Sent from Heaven: The Gospel according to John; From John's Jesus to the Gnostic Christ; Jesus from Different Perspectives: Other Gospels in Early Christianity; The Historical Jesus: Sources, Problems, and Methods; The Historian and the Problem of Miracle; Jesus, the Apocalyptic Prophet; From Jesus to the Gospels; Paul the Apostle: The Man and His Mission; Paul and His Apostolic Mission: Thessalonians as a Test Case; Paul and the Crises of His Churches: 1 and 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Philippians, and Philemon; The Gospel according to Paul: The Letter to the Romans; Does the Tradition Miscarry? Paul in Relation to Jesus, James, Thecla, and Theudas; In the Wake of the Apostle: The Deutero-Pauline and Pastoral Epistles; From Paul's Female Colleagues to the Pastor's Intimidated Women: The Oppression of Women in Early Christianity; Christians and Jews: Hebrews, Barnabas, and Later Anti-Jewish Literature; Christians and Pagans: 1 Peter, the Letters of Ignatius, the Martyrdom of Polycarp, and Later Apologetic Literature; Christians and Christians: James, the Didache, Polycarp, 1 Clement, Jude, and 2 Peter; Christians and the Cosmos: The Revelation of John, The Shepherd of Hermas, and the Apocalypse of Peter; Epilogue: Do We Have the Original New Testament? Glossary of Terms, Indexshow more

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