Backgrounds of Early Christianity / Edition 3

Backgrounds of Early Christianity / Edition 3

by Everett Ferguson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0802822215

ISBN-13: 9780802822215

Pub. Date: 08/01/2003

Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company


Having long served as a standard introduction to the world of the early church, Everett Ferguson's Backgrounds of Early Christianity has been expanded and updated in this third edition. The book explores and unpacks the Roman, Greek, and Jewish political, social, religious, and philosophical backgrounds necessary for a good historical understanding of the…  See more details below

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Having long served as a standard introduction to the world of the early church, Everett Ferguson's Backgrounds of Early Christianity has been expanded and updated in this third edition. The book explores and unpacks the Roman, Greek, and Jewish political, social, religious, and philosophical backgrounds necessary for a good historical understanding of the New Testament and the early church. New to this edition are revisions of Ferguson's original material, updated bibliographies, and fresh discussions of first-century social life, of Gnosticism, and of the Dead Sea Scrolls and other Jewish literature.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802822215
Publisher:
Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
Publication date:
08/01/2003
Pages:
647
Sales rank:
198,922
Product dimensions:
6.56(w) x 9.44(h) x 1.33(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
General Bibliography
Introduction: Perspectives on Parallels1
Political History5
Near East before Alexander6
Alexander the Great10
The Hellenistic Kingdoms15
Rome20
Administration of the Empire40
Political Connections of the New Testament46
Society and Culture48
The Roman Military49
Social Classes55
Slavery59
Roman Citizenship62
Roman Law65
Social Relationships66
Social Morality69
Economic Life82
Clothing and Appearance96
Entertainment97
Education109
Literature and Language113
Art and Architecture137
Clubs and Associations142
Hellenistic-Roman Religions148
Ancient Greek Religion149
Ancient Roman Religion165
Religion in Hellenistic-Roman Times: General Characteristics173
Domestic and Rural Religion177
Civic Cults182
Ruler Cult199
Personal Religion213
Greek Mysteries and Eastern Religions251
Gnosticism, Hermetic Literature, Chaldaean Oracles300
Later Developments: Monotheism and Sun Worship316
Hellenistic-Roman Philosophies319
Sophists and Socrates326
Plato and the Academy to the First Century330
Aristotle and the Peripatetics338
Skepticism346
Cynicism348
Stoicism354
Epicureanism370
Eclecticism379
Neopythagoreanism382
Middle Platonism387
Plotinus and Neoplatonism391
Judaism396
Jewish History, 538 B.C. to A.D 200399
Jews in the Early Roman Empire427
Jewish Literature and Other Sources in the Hellenistic and Roman Periods431
Parties and Sects513
Beliefs and Practices537
Organization and Institutions562
Christianity in the Ancient World583
Literary References to Christianity in Non-Christian Sources584
Archaeological Remains Bearing on Early Christian History585
Some Claimed Archaeological Remains of Early Christianity589
Attitudes of Pagans toward Christians592
The Legal Status of Christianity601
Hindrances to the Acceptance of Christianity608
Religious Rivals609
Factors Favorable to Christianity616
What Was Unique in Christianity?619
Index of Subjects621
Index of Scripture References643
Map of the Ancient World650

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