An Introduction to the New Testament and the Origins of Christianity / Edition 1

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This book offers an authoritative and accessible introduction to the New Testament and early Christian literature for all students of the Bible and anyone interested in the origins of Christianity. It is designed primarily for undergraduate courses in the New Testament, biblical studies and early Christianity. Delbert Burkett focuses on the New Testament, but also looks at a wealth of non-biblical writing to examine the history, religion and literature of Christianity in the years from 30 CE to 150 CE. An appendix containing translations of primary texts allows instant access to the writings outside the canon. With this textbook and the Bible, the student should therefore have all the necessary basic texts. The book is organised systematically with questions for in-class discussion and written assignment, step-by-step reading guides on individual works, special box features, charts, maps and numerous illustrations designed to facilitate student use.

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Editorial Reviews

A textbook designed to be used along with a Bible for a one-semester course. It provides a selection of primary sources from outside the New Testament that are relevant for the origins of Christianity. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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"Burkett delivers what he promises to do in this historical approach to the NT and Christian origins." James R. Wicker, Southwestern Journal of Theology

"The book's strongest point is Burkett's lucid, simplified style, reflecting his experience in teaching undergraduates." Interpretation

"Burkett's book is well written and well argued for this audience and his insistence on treating New Testament texts equally with other early Christian texts is a valuable contribution to introductory study." Bryn Mawr Classical Review

"It is by far the most useful and balanced introduction to the study of the literature of early Christianity published recently...Strongly recommended." Expository Times

"...eminently suited to classroom use for beginners. Burkett's style is clear and readily comprehended: his stance on the main literary and critical issues is fair and judicious." Novum Testamentum

" serves its purpose very well. It is clearly written, and by drawing attention to views of different scholars it usually refuses to be dogmatic." Neotestamentica

"Burkett follows a very well thought-out approach throughout, and is clearly drawing on his own teaching experience...I would certainly recommend this book as a basic introductory work for...undergraduates." Scripture Bulletin

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521007207
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2002
  • Series: Introduction to Religion Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 616
  • Sales rank: 498,308
  • Product dimensions: 6.85 (w) x 9.72 (h) x 1.26 (d)

Meet the Author

Delbert Burkett has degrees from Harvard and Duke, with a specialization in New Testament and Christian Origins. He has taught religious studies at a number of colleges and universities, currently serving as Associate Professor at Louisiana State University. His book The Son of Man Debate: A History and Evaluation (Cambridge University Press, 1999) received critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic. Other works include articles for New Testament Studies and Novum Testamentum. He is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature and the Society for New Testament Studies.
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Table of Contents

Pt. I Historical and Religious Background
1 Introduction
2 Jews among Greeks and Romans
3 Religion of Second-Temple Judaism
4 Varieties of Second-Temple Judaism
5 Jewish hopes for the future
6 Hellenistic religion, philosophy, and world-view
7 An overview of Early Christian history
8 The making of the New Testament
Pt. II Jesus and the Gospels
9 Introduction to the Gospels
10 The dynoptic problem
11 The Gospel of Mark
12 The Gospel of Matthew
13 The Gospel of Luke
14 The Gospel of John
15 The apocryphal Jesus
16 The quest for the historical Jesus
Pt. III Acts
17 The Book of Acts
Pt. IV Pauline Christianity
18 Paul, his letters, and his churches
19 Gentiles and the law (1): Galatians
20 Gentiles and the law (2): Romans
21 Problems of church life: 1 Corinthians
22 Problems of church life: 2 Corinthians
23 The imminent Parousia: 1 and 2 Thessalonians
24 Prison epistles (1): Philippians and Philemon
25 Prison epistles (2): Colossians and Ephesians
Pt. V Judaic Christianity
26 Judaic Christianity
27 The letter of James
28 The Didache
Pt. VI Gnostic Christianity
29 Gnostic Christianity
30 The Gospel of Thomas
Pt. VII Proto-Orthodox Christianity
31 Proto-Orthodox Christianity
32 Conflict within the church (1): 1 Clement
33 Conflict within the church (2): Pastoral Epistles
34 Conflict within the church (3): Jude and 2 Peter
35 Conflict within the church (4): Johannine Epistles
36 Conflict within the church (5): Letters of Ignatius
37 Relation of Christianity to Judaism (1): Hebrews
38 Relation of Christianity to Judaism (2): Epistle of Barnabas
39 Conflict with the Roman World (1): 1 Peter
40 Conflict with the Roman World (2): Revelation
App. 1 Lucian on sacrifice
App. 2 The Essenes
App. 3 Jewish Messianic hopes
App. 4 Divine men and their births
App. 5 Apotheoses
App. 6 Miracle stories in the ancient world
App. 7 The infancy Gospel of Thomas
App. 8 The Gospel of Peter
App. 9 The Didache
App. 10 Selections from the Gospel of Thomas
App. 11 Selections from 1 Clement
App. 12 Selections from the epistle of Barnabas
App. 13 Ignatius to the Smyrnaeans 1-9
App. 14 Conflict with Rome
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2003

    A concise introduction

    This book is well organized and offers a concise introduction to early Church history and the background and content of the New Testament writings. It is a useful tool for adult Sunday school, high school, and undergraduate classes and for individuals who would like to know about the history in which the New Testament was written. Those wanting a more advanced treatment of the material should seek Raymond Brown's An Introduction to the New Testament.

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