The New Testament

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

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This new edition of Bart Ehrman's highly successful introduction approaches the New Testament from a consistently historical and comparative perspective, emphasizing the rich diversity of the earliest Christian literature. Rather than shying away from the critical problems presented by these books, Ehrman addresses the historical and literary challenges they pose and shows why scholars continue to argue over such significant issues as how the books of the New Testament came into being, what they mean, how they relate to contemporary Christian and non-Christian literature, 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 Judaism. 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, and the letters of Ignatius. The volume is enhanced by two colour inserts, one on illuminated manuscripts and the other on archaeology. New to this edition are: additional material on archaeology, including a new eight-page colour insert; "What to Expect" and "At a Glance" boxes that provide summaries of the material covered in each chapter; several new "Something to Think About" and "Some More Information" boxes; more extensive treatments of Judaism and of the role of women in the history of early Christianity; nine new illustrations; and an Instructor's Manual containing chapter summaries, discussion questions, and possible examination questions. Ideal for undergraduate and seminary classes in the New Testament, Biblical Studies, and Christian Origins, "The New Testament: A Historical Introduction to the Early Christian Writings, 3/e", is an accessible, clearly written introduction that encourages students to consider the historical issues surrounding these writings.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 542 pages
  • 190 x 230 x 26mm | 879.96g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 8pp colour plates, numerouas halftones, 11 maps, 7 line figures
  • 0195154622
  • 9780195154627
  • 954,046

Table of contents

Maps, Timelines, and Diagrams; Preface to the Third Edition; Preface to the Second Edition; Preface to the First Edition; Acknowledgments; Notes on Suggestions for Further Reading; Credits; Time Line; 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: The Johannine Epistles and Beyond; 12. Jesus from Different Perspectives: Other Gospels in Early Christianity; 13. The Historical Jesus: Sources, Problems, and Methods; 14. Excursus: 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: 1 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. Does the Tradition Miscarry? Paul in Relation to Jesus, James, Thecla, 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 Christianity; 25. Christians and Jews: Hebrews, Barnabas, 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 Apocalypse of Peter; 29. Epilogue: Do We Have the Original New Testament?; Glossary of Terms; Indexshow more

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