New Testament A Historical Introduction to the Early Christian Writings

ISBN-10: 0195126394
ISBN-13: 9780195126396
Edition: 2nd 2000 (Revised)
Authors: Bart D. Ehrman
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Description: 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  More...

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List price: $44.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/7/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 508
Size: 7.75" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 2.244
Language: English

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 the letters of Ignatius. The volume is enhanced by two color inserts, one on illuminated manuscripts and the other on archaeology. New to this edition: * Additional material on archaeology, including a new eight-page color 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 * 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.

New Testament scholar Bart D. Ehrman grew up in Lawrence, Kansas and graduated from Wheaton College in 1978. He earned his Masters of Divinity and PhD from Princeton Theological Seminary and has taught at Rutgers University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he is the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor. He has published more than 20 scholarly and popular books, including three New York Times bestsellers, plus numerous articles and book reviews.

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
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 Interpretation
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: The Johannine Epistles and Beyond
Jesus from Different Perspectives: Other Gospels in Early Christianity
The Historical Jesus: Sources, Problems, and Methods
Excursus: The Historian and the Problem of Miracle
Jesus in Context
Jesus, the Apocalyptic Prophet
From Jesus to the Gospels
Paul the Apostle: The Man and His Mission
Paul and His Apostolic Mission: 1 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
Index

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