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The New Testament A Historical Introduction to the Early Christian Writings,9780195126396

The New Testament A Historical Introduction to the Early Christian Writings

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2nd
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9780195126396

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0195126394
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Paperback
Pub. Date:
10/7/1999
Publisher(s):
Oxford University Press
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Summary

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. This second edition features expanded coverage of the historical Jesus, adds new boxes on various topics (e.g., women in the New Testament and alternative approaches to the historical Jesus), incorporates a twelve-page color photo essay on illuminated manuscripts, and includes several important organizational changes. 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, Second Edition, is an accessible, clearly written introduction that encourages students to consider the historical issues surrounding these writings.

Author Biography

Bart D. Ehrman is Bowman and Gordon Gray Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Table of Contents

What is the New Testament? The Early Christians and Their Literature
1(15)
The World of Early Christian Traditions
16(27)
The Traditions of Jesus in Their Greco-Roman Context
43(12)
The Christian Gospels: A Literary and Historical Introduction
55(5)
Jesus, the Suffering Son of God: The Gospel according to Mark
60(16)
The Synoptic Problem and its Significance for Interpretation
76(8)
Jesus, the Jewish Messiah: The Gospel according to Matthew
84(19)
Jesus, the Savior of the World: The Gospel according to Luke
103(19)
Luke's Second Volume: The Acts of the Apostles
122(19)
Jesus, the Man Sent from Heaven: The Gospel according to John
141(21)
From John's Jesus to the Gnostic Christ: The Johannine Epistles and Beyond
162(17)
Jesus from Different Perspectives: Other Gospels in Early Christianity
179(15)
The Historical Jesus: Sources, Problems, and Methods
194(14)
Excurus: The Historian and the Problem of Miracle
208(5)
Jesus in Context
213(16)
Jesus, the Apocalyptic Prophet
229(23)
From Jesus to the Gospels
252(8)
Paul the Apostle: The Man and His Mission
260(16)
Paul and His Apostolic Mission: 1 Thessalonians as a Test Case
276(14)
Paul and the Crises of His Churches: 1 and 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Philippians, and Philemon
290(29)
The Gospel according to Paul: The Letter to the Romans
319(13)
Does the Tradition Miscarry? Paul in Relation to Jesus, James, Thecla, and Theudas
332(9)
In the Wake of the Apostle: The Deutero-Pauline and Pastoral Epistles
341(22)
From Paul's Female Colleagues to the Pastor's Intimidated Women: The Oppression of Women in Early Christianity
363(12)
Christians and Jews: Hebrews, Barnabas, and Later Anti-Jewish Literature
375(17)
Christians and Pagans: 1 Peter, the Letters of Ignatius, the Martyrdom of Polycarp, and Later Apologetic Literature
392(18)
Christians and Christians: James, the Didache, Polycarp, 1 Clement, Jude, and 2 Peter
410(15)
Christians and the Cosmos: The Revelation of John, The Shepherd of Hermas, and the Apocalypse of Peter
425(17)
Epilogue: Do We Have the Original New Testament?
442(9)
Glossary of Terms 451(10)
Index 461


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