9780534541804

Reading the New Testament Today

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    9780534541804

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    0534541801

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2004-07-26
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing

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Summary

Being able to understand someone else's religious beliefs is crucial. READING THE NEW TESTAMENT takes the mystery out by introducing you to the five schools of interpretation and what they all mean. And because this introduction to the New Testament textbook is designed to launch conversations with your classmates, READING THE NEW TESTAMENT helps make class interesting. Plus, it's got links to Internet sites that help you get all the information you'll need to ace the test.

Table of Contents

Figures, Maps, and Tables
xvi
Preface xvii
Acknowledgments xx
Part One Introducing the New Testament Today
Introducing the New Testament
2(21)
What Is the New Testament?
3(5)
An Overview of the New Testament
8(8)
The New Testament in Translation
16(2)
Using the World Wide Web to Study the New Testament Today
18(1)
Suggestions on How to Read Scriptures
19(4)
Ways of Reading the New Testament Today
23(28)
The Historical-Critical Method of Reading
24(9)
Narrative Reading
33(3)
Social Scientific Reading
36(4)
Feminist Reading
40(3)
Cross-Cultural Reading
43(5)
Conclusion
48(3)
The Jewish Matrix of the New Testament
51(32)
A Brief Review of the Essentials of Jewish Religion
51(2)
Origin, Development, and Structure of the Hebrew Bible
53(1)
Palestine from Alexander's Death to Roman Occupation
54(10)
Jewish Literature in the Hellenistic Age
64(5)
Religious Groups in Second Temple Judaism
69(5)
Institutions of Jewish Life
74(6)
Conclusion
80(3)
The Greco-Roman Matrix of the New Testament
83(29)
The Conquests of Alexander the Great
83(1)
Alexander's Successors and the Spread of Greek Culture
84(2)
The Decline of the Diadochi Kingdoms
86(1)
Roman Rule and Life
87(1)
Judea from 40 B.C.E. to 70 C.E.: From Client Kingdom to Failed Revolt
88(2)
Greco-Roman Culture
90(12)
Religion in the Greco-Roman World
102(10)
Part Two Gospel Portraits of Jesus
Introducing the Gospels
112(36)
What Is a Gospel?
112(5)
Why Were the Gospels Written?
117(2)
The Synoptic Problem and Source Criticism
119(8)
Form Criticism of the Synoptic Gospels
127(6)
Redaction Criticism
133(2)
Narrative Reading
135(5)
Social Scientific Reading of the Gospels
140(2)
Feminist Reading
142(2)
Cross-Cultural Reading
144(4)
The Gospel of Mark: Following Jesus, The Suffering Messiah
148(37)
A Guide to Reading
149(10)
Historical Reading
159(10)
Narrative Reading
169(3)
Social Scientific Reading
172(3)
Feminist Reading
175(3)
Cross-Cultural Reading
178(7)
The Gospel of Matthew: Following Jesus, The Lord of a Diverse Church
185(32)
A Guide to Reading
186(12)
Historical Reading
198(7)
Narrative Reading
205(3)
Social Scientific Reading
208(3)
Feminist Reading
211(3)
Cross-Cultural Reading
214(3)
The Gospel of Luke: Following Jesus, the Savior of the World
217(33)
A Guide to Reading
218(14)
Historical Reading
232(5)
Narrative Reading
237(2)
Social Scientific Reading
239(4)
Feminist Reading
243(3)
Cross-Cultural Reading
246(4)
The Gospel of John: Following Jesus, the Eternal Son of God
250(34)
A Guide to Reading
251(12)
Historical Reading
263(9)
Narrative Reading
272(2)
Social Scientific Reading
274(2)
Feminist Reading
276(4)
Cross-Cultural Reading
280(4)
Part Three An Early Christian History
The Acts of the Apostles: The Church from Jerusalem to Rome
284(28)
A Guide to Reading
286(10)
Historical Reading
296(4)
Narrative Reading
300(2)
Social Scientific Reading
302(3)
Feminist Reading
305(2)
Cross-Cultural Reading
307(5)
Part Four Paul and the Pauline Tradition
Introduction to Paul and the Pauline Tradition
312(20)
Our Sources for the Study of Paul
312(1)
Paul as a Letter Writer
313(1)
Paul's Letter Format
314(2)
Seeking the Historical Paul
316(4)
Paul's Major Teachings: A Very Brief Introduction
320(5)
The New Perspective on Paul
325(1)
The Pauline Tradition
326(6)
1 Thessalonians, 1 and 2 Corinthians: Paul's Letters to Greek Churches
332(37)
1 Thessalonians: Faithful Life and the Near Return of Christ
332(1)
A Guide to Reading 1 Thessalonians
333(3)
Historical Reading of 1 Thessalonians
336(4)
Social Scientific Reading of 1 Thessalonians
340(2)
Feminist Reading of 1 Thessalonians
342(2)
Cross-Cultural Reading of 1 Thessalonians
344(2)
1 Corinthians: Unity, Wisdom, Love, and Hope in a Dynamic Church
346(1)
A Guide to Reading 1 Corinthians
347(5)
Historical Reading of 1 Corinthians
352(3)
Social Scientific Reading of 1 Corinthians
355(2)
Feminist Reading of 1 Corinthians
357(1)
2 Corinthians: Paul Defends His Apostolic Calling
358(1)
A Guide to Reading 2 Corinthians
359(3)
Historical Reading of 2 Corinthians
362(7)
Galatians and Romans: Believers Live Faith
369(25)
Galatians: Stand Firm in Christ's Freedom
369(1)
A Guide to Reading Galatians
370(3)
Historical Reading of Galatians
373(2)
Social Scientific and Cross-Cultural Readings of Galatians
375(2)
Feminist Reading of Galatians
377(2)
Romans: Paul Explains His Gospel to an Independent Church
379(1)
A Guide to Reading Romans
380(4)
Historical Reading of Romans
384(3)
Social Scientific and Feminist Reading of Romans
387(3)
Cross-Cultural Reading of Romans
390(4)
Philippians and Philemon: Two Letters from Prison
394(23)
Philippians: Joy in the Lord
394(1)
A Guide to Reading Philippians
395(3)
Historical Reading of Philippians
398(5)
Social Scientific Reading of Philippians
403(2)
Feminist Reading of Philippians
405(1)
Cross-Cultural Reading of Philippians
406(1)
Philemon: Paul's Intervention for a Christian Slave
407(1)
A Guide to Reading Philemon
408(1)
Historical Reading of Philemon
409(3)
Social Scientific Reading of Philemon
412(2)
Feminist Reading of Philemon
414(3)
2 Thessalonians, Colossians, and Ephesians: The Pauline Tradition
417(27)
2 Thessalonians: Awaiting the End of Time Faithfully
417(1)
A Guide to Reading 2 Thessalonians
418(2)
Historical Reading of 2 Thessalonians
420(3)
Social Scientific and Feminist Readings of 2 Thessalonians
423(1)
Colossians: Following the Cosmic Christ
424(2)
A Guide to Reading Colossians
426(2)
Historical Reading of Colossians
428(2)
Social Scientific and Feminist Readings of Colossians
430(3)
Cross-Cultural Reading of Colossians
433(1)
Ephesians: Following Christ in a Cosmic Church
434(1)
A Guide to Reading Ephesians
435(2)
Historical Reading of Ephesians
437(3)
Cross-Cultural Reading of Ephesians
440(4)
1--2 Timothy and Titus: Pastoral Letters to Guide the Pauline Churches
444(22)
1 Timothy: Combating False Teaching and Setting Up Church Leadership
445(1)
A Guide to Reading 1 Timothy
446(2)
Historical Reading of 1 Timothy
448(4)
Feminist Reading of 1 Timothy
452(2)
2 Timothy: Personal Advice for Church Leadership
454(1)
A Guide to Reading 2 Timothy
455(1)
Historical Reading of 2 Timothy
456(1)
Social Scientific and Feminist Readings of 2 Timothy
457(1)
Titus: False Teaching and Church Office
458(1)
A Guide to Reading Titus
459(1)
Historical Reading of Titus
460(1)
Social Scientific Reading of Titus
460(1)
Feminist Reading of Titus
461(5)
Part Five General/Catholic Letters and Revelation
Hebrews, James, 1--2 Peter, and Jude: The General Letters
466(43)
The Letter to the Hebrews: Stay True to Christ
466(1)
A Guide to Reading Hebrews
467(5)
Historical Reading of Hebrews
472(3)
Social Scientific Reading of Hebrews
475(2)
Feminist Reading of Hebrews
477(1)
Cross-Cultural Reading of Hebrews
478(1)
James: Faith and Justice in Keeping God's Law
479(1)
A Guide to Reading James
480(3)
Historical Reading of James
483(4)
Social Scientific Reading of James
487(1)
Cross-Cultural Reading of James
488(2)
1 Peter: Faithful Life under Persecution
490(1)
A Guide to Reading 1 Peter
490(3)
Historical Reading of 1 Peter
493(3)
Feminist and Cross-Cultural Readings of 1 Peter
496(1)
Jude: Contending for the True Faith
497(1)
A Guide to Reading Jude
498(2)
Historical Reading of Jude
500(2)
2 Peter: Contending for the True Faith Reiterated
502(1)
A Guide to Reading 2 Peter
502(2)
Historical Reading of 2 Peter
504(1)
Cross-Cultural Reading of 2 Peter
505(4)
1, 2 and 3 John: The Johannine Community in Conflict
509(20)
1 John: Love and Community
509(1)
A Guide to Reading 1 John
510(5)
Historical Reading of 1 John
515(3)
Social Scientific Reading of 1 John
518(2)
Feminist Reading of 1 John
520(2)
2 John: Keep False Teachers Away
522(1)
A Guide to Reading 2 John
522(2)
Historical Reading of 2 John
524(1)
3 John: Let Faithful Teachers In
524(1)
A Guide to Reading 3 John
525(1)
Historical Reading of 3 John
526(3)
Revelation: The Flowering of Christian Apocalyptic
529(23)
A Guide to Reading Revelation
530(8)
Historical Reading of Revelation
538(6)
Social Scientific Reading of Revelation
544(2)
Feminist Reading of Revelation
546(1)
Cross-Cultural Reading of Revelation
547(5)
Part Six After the New Testament
Christian Origins after the New Testament
552(21)
The Formation of the NT Canon
552(6)
On the Borders of the New Testament
558(5)
The Challenge of Gnosticism
563(3)
The Apocryphal New Testament
566(7)
Glossary 573(14)
Bibliography 587(10)
Index 597

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