New Testament History and Literature

ISBN-10: 0300180853
ISBN-13: 9780300180855
Edition: 2012
Authors: Dale B. Martin
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Book details

List price: $14.99
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 5/4/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 464
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.936
Language: English

In this engaging introduction to the New Testament, Professor Dale B. Martin presents a historical study of the origins of Christianity by analyzing the literature of the earliest Christian movements. Focusing mainly on the New Testament, he also considers nonbiblical Christian writings of the era.Martin begins by making a powerful case for the study of the New Testament. He next sets the Greco-Roman world in historical context and explains the place of Judaism within it. In the discussion of each New Testament book that follows, the author addresses theological themes, then emphasizes the significance of the writings as ancient literature and as sources for historical study. Throughout the volume, Martin introduces various early Christian groups and highlights the surprising variations among their versions of Christianity.

Dale B. Martin is Professor of Religious Studies, Yale University.

Preface and Acknowledgments
Map
Introduction: Why Study the New Testament
Ancient and Academic Contexts for the Study of the New Testament
The Development of the Canon
The Greco-Roman World
Ancient Judaism
The New Testament as a Historical Source: A Comparison of Acts and Paul's Letters
Gospels
The Gospel of Mark
The Gospel of Matthew
The Gospel of Thomas
The Spread of Christianity
The Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles, Part 1: Structure and Themes
The Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles, Part 2: Editing the Beginnings of Christianity
The Gospel of
The Letters of John and the Spread of Christianity
The Historical Jesus
Paul and Paulinism
Paul as Missionary: 1 Thessalonians
Paul as Pastor: Philemon and 1 and 2 Corinthians
Paul as Jewish Theologian: Galatians and Romans
Colossians and Ephesians
Differing Christians: Christology, Faith, and Works
Women and Household
The Pro-household Paul: The Pastoral Epistles
The Anti-household Paul: The Acts of Paul and Thecla
Biblical Interpretation
Hebrews and Biblical Interpretation
Premodern Biblical Interpretation
Apocalypticism and Politics
Apocalypticism as Resistance
Apocalypticism as Accommodation
Development
The Development of Ecclesiastical Institutions: Ignatius and the Didache
Epilogue: Christianity after the New Testament Period
Notes
Bibliography
Subject and Author Index
Index of Scripture Citations

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