Brief Introduction to the New Testament

ISBN-10: 0195369343

ISBN-13: 9780195369342

Edition: 2nd 2009

Authors: Bart D. Ehrman
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Description: Featuring vibrant full color throughout, this new edition of A Brief Introduction to the New Testament is a concise version of Bart D. Ehrman's best-selling The New Testament: A Historical Introduction to the Early Christian Writings, Fourth Edition. Retaining the approach of the longer textbook while condensing and simplifying much of its material, this volume looks at the New Testament from a consistently historical and comparative perspective and emphasizes the rich diversity of the earliest Christian literature. Distinctive to this study is its emphasis on the historical, literary, and religious milieux of the Greco-Roman world, including early Judaism. A Brief Introduction to the New Testament, Second Edition, incorporates a wealth of pedagogical resources including an extensive text box program, study questions, maps, timelines, and more than seventy photos (including two photo essays). A comprehensive glossary contains more than 200 key terms; these terms appear in boldface type the first time they are used in each chapter and are also listed at the end of each chapter in which they appear. An updated Student Website contains chapter summaries, key terms, guides for reading, and self-quizzes. An accompanying Instructor's Manual provides chapter summaries, pedagogical suggestions, and a test bank. New to this Edition: * Four new text boxes on fascinating topics: "The Gospel of Judas," "Judas and the Roasting Chicken," "What Did Paul Look Like?," and "Was Jesus Married With Children?" * A new photo essay on important Greek manuscripts of the New Testament * Updated content reflecting recent scholarship and discoveries, including the Gospel of Judas Iscariot * A revised discussion of the Acts of the Apostles, which now follows coverage of the Gospels and the historical Jesus * A reorganization of material so that the Johannine epistles are discussed along with the other epistles * Updated "Questions for Study and Reflection" and "Suggestions for Further Reading" * Vivid full color throughout Ideal for undergraduate and seminary classes in the New Testament, Biblical Studies, and Christian Origins, A Brief Introduction to the New Testament, Second Edition, is an engaging and accessible introduction that encourages students to consider the historical issues surrounding these writings.

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List price: $54.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/29/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 432
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

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.

Boxes
Preface
Acknowledgments
Notes on Suggestions for Further Reading
Credits
Master Time Line
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
The Environment of Early Christian Traditions: The Greco-Roman World
What to ExpectThe 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
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
The Traditions of Jesus in their Greco-Roman Context
What to ExpectOral 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
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
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
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 GospelLuke''s Birth Narrative in Comparative Perspective
From Jew to Gentile: Luke''s Portrayal of Jesus the Rejected ProphetLuke''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
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
The Historical Jesus
What to ExpectProblems with SourcesUsing 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
From Jesus to the Gospels
What to Expect
The Beginning of Christianity
Jesus'' Resurrection from an Apocalyptic Pers
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