The New Testament

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

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This introduction approaches the New Testament from an historical and comparative perspective, emphasizing the rich diversity of the earliest Christian literature. Bart Ehrman addresses the historical and literary challenges and shows why scholars continue to argue over such significant issues as how the books of the New Testament came into being, who produced them, what they mean, how they relate to contemporary Christian and non-Christian liteature, and how they came to be collected into a canon of Scripture. Distinctive to this study is its emphasis on the historical, literary, and religious milieu of the Greco-Roman world, including early Judiasm. As part of its historical orientation, this text also discusses works by other Christian writers who were roughly contemporary with the New Testament, such as the Gospel of Thomas, the Apocalypse of Peter, the letters of more

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  • Paperback | 496 pages
  • 160.02 x 231.14 x 25.4mm | 839.14g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 8pp colour plates, 66 halftones, 17 maps and graphs
  • 0195126394
  • 9780195126396

Table of contents

1. What is the New Testament? The Early Christians and Their Literature; 2. The World of Early Christian Traditions; 3. The Traditions of Jesus in Their Greco-Roman Context; 4. The Christian Gospels: A Literary and Historical Introduction; 5. Jesus, the Suffering Son of God: The Gospel according to Mark; 6. The Synoptic Problem and Its Significance for Interpretation; 7. Jesus, the Jewish Messiah: The Gospel according to Matthew; 8. Jesus, the Savior of the World: The Gospel according to Luke; 9. Luke's Second Volume: The Acts of the Apostles; 10. Jesus, the Man Sent from Heaven: The Gospel according to John; 11. From John's Jesus to the Gnostic Christ; 12. Jesus from Different Perspectives: Other Gospels in Early Christianity; 13. The Historical Jesus: Sources, Problems, and Methods; 14. The Historian and the Problem of Miracle; 15. Jesus in Context; 16. Jesus the Apocalyptic Prophet; 17. From Jesus to the Gospels; 18. Paul the Apostle: The Man and His Mission; 19. Paul and His Apostolic Mission: Thessalonians as a Test Case; 20. Paul and the Crises of His Churches: 1 and 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Philippians, and Philemon; 21. The Gospel according to Paul: The Letter to the Romans; 22. Dose the Tradition Miscarry? Paul in Relation to Jesus, James, Thecia, and Theudas; 23. In the Wake of the Apostle: The Deutero-Pauline and Pastoral Epistles; 24. From Paul's Female Colleagues to the Pastor's Intimidated Women: The Oppression of Women in Early Chritianity; 25. Christians and Jews: Hebrews, Branabas, and Later Anti-Jewish Literature; 26. Christians and Pagans: 1 Peter, the Letters of Ignatius, the Martyrdom of Polycarp. and Later Apologetic Literature; 27. Christians and Christians: James the Didache, Polycarp, 1 Clement, Jude, and 2 Peter; 28. Christians and the Cosmos: The Revelation of John, The Shepherd of Hermas, and the Apocalpse of Peter; 29. Epilogue: Do We Have the Original New Testament?show more

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"An outstanding introduction. Blends contemporary scholarship, the early Christian world, and attention to the needs of students most skillfully. The best introduction currently available."--Francis J. Moloney, The Catholic University of America"Ehrman's historical introduction to the New Testament is written more clearly than any other I have used; it situates Christianity more honestly in the ancient Greco-Roman world. It does not limit the picture of Christianity to the New Testament but draws on other early Christian writings. Lavishly illustrated."--John L. White, Loyola Universityshow more

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