The New Testament: A Historical Introduction to the Early Christian Writings / Edition 4

The New Testament: A Historical Introduction to the Early Christian Writings / Edition 4

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by Bart D. Ehrman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195322592

ISBN-13: 9780195322590

Pub. Date: 10/06/2007

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Featuring vibrant full color throughout, this new edition of Bart Ehrman's highly successful introduction approaches the New Testament from a consistently historical and comparative perspective, emphasizing the rich diversity of the earliest Christian literature. Rather than shying away from the critical problems presented by these books, Ehrman

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Featuring vibrant full color throughout, this new edition of Bart Ehrman's highly successful introduction approaches the New Testament from a consistently historical and comparative perspective, emphasizing the rich diversity of the earliest Christian literature. Rather than shying away from the critical problems presented by these books, Ehrman addresses the historical and literary challenges they pose, showing why scholars continue to argue over such significant issues as how the books of the New Testament came into being, when they were written (and by whom), what they mean, how they relate to contemporary Christian and non-Christian literature, and how they came to be collected into the canon of scripture that we now call the New Testament. Distinctive to this study is its unique focus on the historical, literary, and religious milieux of the Greco-Roman world, including early Judaism. As part of its historical orientation, the book also discusses works by other Christian writers who were roughly contemporary with the New Testament, such as the Gospel of Thomas, the Apocalypse of Peter, and the letters of Ignatius. The text is enhanced by maps, timelines, an extensive text box program, and more than one hundred photos.

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ISBN-13:
9780195322590
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
10/06/2007
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
592
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 7.40(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Maps, Time Lines, and Diagrams
Preface to the Third Edition
Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition
Acknowledgments
Notes on Suggestions for Further Reading
Credits
Master Time Line
1What is the New Testament? The Early Christians and their Literature
2The World of Early Christian Traditions
3The Traditions of Jesus in their Greco-Roman Context
4The Christian Gospels: A Literary and Historical Introduction
5Jesus, the Suffering Son of God: The Gospel According to Mark
6The Synoptic Problem and its Significance for Interpretation
7Jesus, the Jewish Messiah: the Gospel According to Matthew
8Jesus, the Savior of the World: the Gospel According to Luke
9Luke's Second Volume: the Acts of the Apostles
10Jesus, the Man Sent From Heaven: the Gospel According to John
11From John's Jesus to the Gnostic Christ: the Johannine Epistles and Beyond
12Jesus From Different Perspectives: Other Gospels in Early Christianity
13The Historical Jesus: Sources, Problems, and Methods
14Excursus: the Historian and the Problem of Miracle
15Jesus in Context
16Jesus, the Apocalyptic Prophet
17From Jesus to the Gospels
18Paul the Apostle: The Man and His Mission
19Paul and His Apostolic Mission: 1 Thessalonians as a Test Case
20Paul and the Crises of His Churches: 1 and 2 Corinthians, Galations, Philippians, and Philemon
21The Gospel According to Paul: the Letter to the Romans
22Does the Tradition Miscarry? Paul in Relation to Jesus, Thecla, and Theudas
23In the Wake of the Apostle: the Deutero-Pauline and Pastoral Epistles
24From Paul's Female Colleagues to the Pastor's Intimidated Women: the Oppression of Women in Early Christianity
25Christians and Jews: Hebrews, Barnabas, and Later Anti-Jewish Literature
26Christians and Pagans: 1 Peter, the Letters of Ignatius, the Martyrdom of Polycarp, and Later Apologetic Literature
27Christians and Christians: James, the Didache, Polycarp, 1 Clement, Jude, and 2 Peter
28Christians and the Cosmos: the Revelation of John, the Shepherd of Hermas, and the Apocalypse of Peter
29Epilogue: Do We Have the Original New Testament?
Glossary of Terms
Index

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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a gem. It is written with such clarity that there are few spots where the author's intent is hard to discern. It is written from the historic, scientific point of view that eliminates the use of a 'faith position.' Dr. Ehrman rather looks at the evidence dispassionaltely and helps the reader understand what might have led to textual and historical difficulties as Christianity moved from the crucifixion to the definition of the orthodox faith. For anyone interested in the facts that surround the writing and formation of the NT as best they can be defined without the influence of a particular faith bias will find this book a must read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dr. Ehrman's book is a brilliant entry to a rich diversity of pre-Christian literatures that surrounded the writings of the New Testament. His mastery in textual criticism, he unravelled the "abyss" of how the New Testament came into existence. This second expanded edition reflects, at least from my perspective, the changing atmosphere in New Testament studies. Increased attention is being given to history and the importance of Gnosticism for understanding Jesus and the Christian movment in the early centuries. He also gave an expert glare at the origins of Christianity. I strongly recommend this book to first time students of Biblical studies and History of Christian origins.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Since reading this textbook, I can only say that my years of study of the New Testament have been greatly enhanced by the easy to read chapters all of which have added to my knowledge of the history of the New Testament. This not a book of doctrine, but a book which leads the reader to consider historical evidence as found in extant documents, and to evaluate them in light of their historical settings. This textbook could be a valuable addition to Evangelical and Mormon libraries. Other Christians may find it useful.
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