Early Christianity and its Sacred Literature

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This comprehensive examination of the sacred literature of early Christianity introduces the literature and world of the early followers of Jesus. It explores fundamental issues such as the relationship between history and faith, the place of critical methodology, the transmission of the New Testament writings, the historical context of early Christianity, and the formation of the canon. It looks at writings, personalities, and issues outside the New Testament. Sixty color pictures by noted photographer Richard ...
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This comprehensive examination of the sacred literature of early Christianity introduces the literature and world of the early followers of Jesus. It explores fundamental issues such as the relationship between history and faith, the place of critical methodology, the transmission of the New Testament writings, the historical context of early Christianity, and the formation of the canon. It looks at writings, personalities, and issues outside the New Testament. Sixty color pictures by noted photographer Richard Cleave enhance the fifty black and white images, maps, and charts.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781565632660
  • Publisher: Hendrickson Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/1995
  • Pages: 736
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Abbreviations
1 History and Faith: Critical Assumptions for the Study of the New Testament 1
2 Examining the Bible Critically 23
3 The Historical Context of Early Christianity 47
4 The Quest for the Historical Jesus: Recent Life-of-Jesus Research 100
5 The Story of Jesus, Part A: From Birth to Burial 116
6 The Story of Jesus, Part B: Easter Faith and the Resurrection Narratives 178
7 The Emergence of Early Christianity: A Look at the First Christians 225
8 The Gospels and the Acts of the Apostles 274
9 The Pauline Tradition 323
10 The Pauline Letters 409
11 Hebrews, the General Epistles, and Revelation 517
12 The Language, Text, and Transmission of the New Testament 571
13 The Origins of the Christian Bible 600
14 The Apocrypha, Pseudepigrapha, and Agrapha 634
App. A Chronology of Events and Persons Relevant to the History of Early Christianity (200 B.C.-A.D. 200) 647
App. B Glossary of Critical and Historical Terms 653
Index of Modern Authors 663
Index of Ancient Sources 672
Index of Subjects 693
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