Backgrounds of Early Christianity

Backgrounds of Early Christianity

by Everett Ferguson
     
 

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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

Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

Church History
This is a book rich in appetizers which tantalize the palate for more substantial fare. The vast scope of the book and the labor involved reflect the author's commendable erudition.This work is imaginatively and painstakingly executed.
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Currents in Theology and Mission
"The text is excellent — rich and amazingly detailed. A standard textbook, it would also be a good addition to a parish library."

Bryn Mawr Classical Review
“This book provides a good introduction for students to the historical, cultural and religious environment of the New Testament.”
 

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802806697
Publisher:
Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
Publication date:
08/01/1993
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
611
Product dimensions:
6.47(w) x 9.47(h) x 1.35(d)

Meet the Author

Everett Ferguson is professor emeritus of Bible anddistinguished scholar-in-residence at Abilene ChristianUniversity, Abilene, Texas. Among his books areBackgrounds of Early Christianity, now in itsthird edition, and The Church of Christ: A BiblicalEcclesiology for Today (both Eerdmans).

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