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A Brief Introduction to the New Testament,9780195369342

A Brief Introduction to the New Testament

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0195369343
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Pub. Date:
9/29/2008
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Oxford University Press
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Summary

The concise and more pedagogical version of The New Testament: A Historical Introduction to the Early Christian Writings, Fourth Edition, Bart D. Ehrman's A Brief Introduction to the New Testament, Second Edition, is the intriguing story of the early Christian writings - their authors, theirsubject, and their influence. How were they formed? Why were they written? What do they mean? How do they differ? And how did they come to be collected into a canon of Scripture as the New Testament? Presenting challenging material in a way that is both accessible and understandable, Ehrman takes ahistorical approach to these questions and builds his discussion based on context; he situates the writings of the New Testament in the social, cultural, and literary world of the early Roman Empire. His approach is also comparative, emphasizing similarities and differences between the texts.Bringing forth a multitude of perspectives, including those of various scholars in the field, he raises critical issues while also exemplifying the richness and diversity to be found in the study of early Christian literature. Further enhancing the text, Ehrman incorporates time lines, maps, anextensive box program, a comprehensive glossary of over 200 hundred key terms that are also boldfaced at their first appearance in each chapter and conveniently collected at the end of that chapter, and over seventy photos - now in full color throughout.

Table of Contents

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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