The New Testament: A Student's Introduction / Edition 1

The New Testament: A Student's Introduction / Edition 1

by Stephen L. Harris
     
 

ISBN-10: 087484746X

ISBN-13: 9780874847468

Pub. Date: 03/28/1988

Publisher: Mayfield Publishing Company

Designed for students beginning their first systematic study of the Christian Scriptures, The New Testament: A Student's Introduction traces the New Testament's chronological, thematic, and literary development through thorough examination of each book. Through exploration of both canonical and non-canonical scriptures, as well as on-going debates and

Overview

Designed for students beginning their first systematic study of the Christian Scriptures, The New Testament: A Student's Introduction traces the New Testament's chronological, thematic, and literary development through thorough examination of each book. Through exploration of both canonical and non-canonical scriptures, as well as on-going debates and dialogues surrounding the historical Jesus, the text acquaints students with the goals and methods of important biblical scholarship. Now divided into six sections, the book incorporates the latest in New Testament studies and provides a clearer and more comprehensive overview of the historical, social, and cultural environment in which the New Testament authors worked and wrote.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780874847468
Publisher:
Mayfield Publishing Company
Publication date:
03/28/1988
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
343

Table of Contents

Preface

Part I. AN INVITATION TO THE NEW TESTAMENT

Photo Essay: The Jewish and Hellenistic Background of Early Christianity

1. An Overview of the New Testament

Key Topics/Themes / What Is the New Testament? / The New Testament and the Hebrew Bible / Language and Literature of the New Testament / Other Early Christian Literature / Scholarly Approaches to the New Testament / Summary / Questions for Review / Questions for Discussion and Reflection / Terms and Concepts to Remember / Recommended Reading

2. How the New Testament Was Formed and Handed Down to Us

Key Topics/Themes / Formation of the New Testament Canon / Transmitting the New Testament Texts / English Translations / Summary / Questions for Review / Questions for Discussion and Reflection / Terms and Concepts to Remember / Recommended Reading

3. The Two Worlds in Which Christianity Originated: Jewish and Greek

Key Topics/Themes / The One God, Yahweh / The Torah / The Divine Promises / The Jerusalem Temple / The World of Greek Thought and Culture / Greek Philosophy / Greco-Roman Religion / The Mystery Religions / Summary / Questions for Review / Questions for Discussion and Reflection / Terms and Concepts to Remember / Recommended Reading

4. The Troubled World into Which Jesus Was Born

Key Topics/Themes / Alexander and His Successors / Antiochus's Persecution and the Maccabean Revolt / The Roman Emperors / The Jewish Revolt Against Rome / Summary / Questions for Review / Questions for Discussion and Reflection / Terms and Concepts to Remember / Recommended Reading

5. The Diverse World of First-Century Judaisms

Key Topics/Themes / First-Century Jewish Diversity / The Messiah: First-Century Expectations / Messianic Claimants Before and After Jesus / Summary / Questions for Review / Questions for Discussion and Reflection / Terms and Concepts to Remember / Recommended Reading

Part II. DIVERSE PORTRAITS OF JESUS

Photo Essay: Archaeological Sites and Artifacts Associated with Jesus' Life

6. The Gospels: Form and Purpose

Key Topics/Themes / The Gospels and Modern Scholarship / Assumptions and Approaches / The Synoptic Problem / The Gospel of John / Literary Analysis of the Gospels / Summary / Questions for Review / Questions for Discussion and Reflection / Terms and Concepts to Remember / Recommended Reading

7. Mark's Portrait of Jesus: The Hidden Messiah and Eschatological Judge

Key Topics/Themes / Mark's Historical Setting / Mark's Puzzling Attitude Toward Jesus' Close Associates / Mark as a Literary Narrative / Prelude to Jesus' Public Ministry / The Galilean Ministry: Inaugurating the Kingdom / The Journey to Jerusalem: Jesus' Predestined Suffering / The Jerusalem Ministry: A Week of Sacred Time / Mark's Passion Narrative: Jesus' Trial and Crucifixion / Postlude: The Empty Tomb / Summary / Questions for Review / Questions for Discussion and Reflection / Terms and Concepts to Remember / Recommended Reading

8. Matthew's Portrait of Jesus: The Great Teacher

Key Topics/Themes / Relation to the Hebrew Bible / Authorship, Purpose, Sources, and Organization / Introduction to the Messiah: Infancy Narrative / The Beginning of Jesus' Proclamation / First Major Discourse: The Sermon on the Mount / First Major Discourse: The Sermon on the Mount / First Narrative Section: Ten Miracles / Second Major Discourse: Instructions to the Twelve Apostles / Second Narrative Section: Questions and Controversies / Third Major Discourse: Parables on the Kingdom / Third Narrative Section: From the Rejection in Nazareth to the Transfiguration / Fourth Major Discourse: Instructions to the Church / Fourth Narrative Section: The Jerusalem Ministry / Fifth Major Discourse: Warnings of Final Judgment / Fifth and Final Narrative Section: The Passion Story and Resurrection / Summary / Questions for Review / Questions for Discussion and Reflection / Terms and Concepts to Remember / Recommended Reading

9. Luke's Portrait of Jesus: A Savior for "All Nations"

Key Topics/Themes / Israel and the Church: Luke's Theology of History / The Author and His Sources / Infancy Narratives of the Baptist and Jesus / Jesus' Galilean Ministry and the "Lesser Interpolation" / Luke's Travel Narrative: Jesus' Teachings on the Journey to Jerusalem / The Jerusalem Ministry: Jesus' Challenge to the Holy City / The Final Conflict and Passion Story / Epilogue: Postresurrection Appearances in the Vicinity of Jerusalem / Summary / Questions for Review / Questions for Discussion and Reflection / Terms and Concepts to Remember / Recommended Reading

Photo Essay: Diverse Portraits of Jesus

10. John's Portrait of Jesus: Divine Wisdom Made Flesh

Key Topics/Themes / Authorship / Hymn to the Word (Logos) / The Book of Signs / The Book of Glory / John's Interpretation of the Passion / Epilogue: Postresurrection Appearances in Galilee / Summary / Questions for Review / Questions for Discussion and Reflection / Terms and Concepts to Remember / Recommended Reading

11. The Other Gospels: Additional Portraits of Jesus

Key Topics/Themes / Contrasting Portrayals of Jesus / The Gospel of Thomas / Secret Mark / The Gospel of Peter / Gospels About Jesus' Infancy and Childhood / Summary / Questions for Review / Questions for Discussion and Reflection / Terms and Concepts to Remember / Recommended Reading

12. The Continuing Quest for the Historical Jesus

Key Topics/Themes / Early Historical References to Jesus / A Survey of the Historical Search for the "Real" Jesus / Renewing the Quest / The Continuing Scholarly Debate / Some Criteria for Testing the Authenticity of Jesus' Word and Deeds / A Nonapocalyptic Wisdom Teacher / An Apocalyptic Jesus / Some General Agreements About the Historical Jesus / Jesus' Teaching About the Kingdom / Wisdom and the Kingdom of God / Summary / Questions for Review / Questions for Discussion and Reflection / Terms and Concepts to Remember / Recommended Reading

PART III. AN ACCOUNT OF THE EARLY CHURCH

Photo Essay: Themes and Settings in the Book of Acts

13. Acts of the Apostles

Key Topics/Themes / The Divine Plan of Humanity's Salvation / Prologue and Account of the Ascension / Founding the Jerusalem Church / The Work of Peter and the Apostles / Persecution of the Hellenist-Jewish Christians: The First Missions / Preparation for the Gentile Mission: The Recruitment of Paul and Cornelius / The First Missionary Journey of Barnabus and Paul: The Jerusalem Conference / Paul's Second Missionary Journey: Evangelizing Greece / Paul's Third Missionary Journey: Revisiting Asia Minor and Greece / Paul's Arrest in Jerusalem and Imprisonment in Caesarea / Paul's Journey to Rome and His Preaching to Roman Jews / Summary / Questions for Review / Questions for Discussion and Reflection / Terms and Concepts to Remember / Recommended Reading

PART IV. PAUL AND THE PAULINE TRADITION

Photo Essay: Paul and His World

14. Paul: Apostle to the Nations

Key Topics/Themes / Seeking the Historical Paul / The Historical Reliability of Acts / Paul's Experience of the Risen Jesus / Dating Paul's Career / Paul's Letters / Paul's Major Assumptions and Concerns / Summary / Questions for Review / Questions for Discussion and Reflection / Terms and Concepts to Remember / Recommended Reading

15. Unity, Freedom, and Christ's Return: Paul's Letters to Thessalonica and Corinth

Key Topics/Themes / First Letter to the Thessalonians / First Letter to the Corinthians / Second Letter to the Corinthians / Summary / Questions for Review / Questions for Discussion and Reflection / Terms and Concepts to Remember / Recommended Reading

16. Freedom from Law and Justification by Faith: Galatians and Romans

Key Topics/Themes / An Angry Letter to the "Stupid" Galatians / Letter to the Romans / Summary / Questions for Review / Questions for Discussion and Reflection / Terms and Concepts to Remember / Recommended Reading

17. Letters from Prison: Philippians and Philemon

Key Topics/Themes / Place of Origin / Letter to the Philippians / Letter to Philemon / Paul's Lasting Influence / Summary / Questions for Review / Questions for Discussion and Reflection / Terms and Concepts to Remember / Recommended Reading

18. Continuing the Pauline Tradition: 2 Thessalonians, Colossians, Ephesians, the Pastoral Epistles, 1 Clement, and the Epistle of Barnabas

Key Topics/Themes / The Problem of Pseudonymity / Second Letter to the Thessalonians / A Disputed Letter to the Colossians / Letter to the Ephesians / The Pastorals: Letters to Timothy and Titus / 1 Clement / Summary / Questions for Review / Questions for Discussion and Reflection / Terms and Concepts to Remember / Recommended Reading The Epistle of Barnabus

PART V. GENERAL LETTERS AND A VISION OF END TIME

19. General Letters on Faith and Behavior: Hebrews, the Catholic Epistles, and the Teachings (Didache) of the Twelve Apostles

Key Topics/Themes / Authors and Dates / The Book of Hebrews / James / 1 Peter / Jude / 2 Peter / Letters from the Johannine Community / The Teaching (Didache) of the Twelve Apostles / Summary / Questions for Review / Questions for Discussion and Reflection / Terms and Concepts to Remember / Recommended Reading

Photo Essay: The Conflict Between Caesar and Christ

20. Continuing the Apocalyptic Hope: The Book of Revelation and Other Jewish/Christian Apocalyptic Works

Key Topics/Themes / Revelation and the Apocalyptic Tradition / Jesus' Letters to the Seven Churches / A Vision in Heaven / Signs in Heaven: The Woman, the Dragon, the Beast, and the Seven Plagues / Other Hellenistic-Jewish and Christian Apocalypses / Summary / Questions for Review / Questions for Discussion and Reflection / Terms and Concepts to Remember / Recommended Reading

21. The Judeo-Christian Bible and Subsequent History

The Evolution of the Hebrew Bible and the Christian Greek Scriptures / Constantine the Great / The Church and the Secular World / Shocks and Readjustments / Summary / Questions for Review / Questions for Discussion and Reflection / Terms and Concepts to Remember / Recommended Reading

Glossary of New Testament Terms and Concepts

Selected Bibliography

Index

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