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New Testament Story: An Introduction / Edition 1

New Testament Story: An Introduction / Edition 1

by David L. Barr


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ISBN-13: 9780534072841
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 02/28/1987
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 379

About the Author

As a well-respected author, scholar, and teacher, Dr. David L. Barr now serves as Professor of Religion and chair of the departments of religion, philosophy and classics at Wright State University. Dr. Barr earned his B.A. from Fort Wayne Bible College and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Florida State University. His areas of interest include Christian origins, New Testament, apocalyptism, and the Apocalypse of John.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Three Worlds of the Text: Reading the New Testament as Story1
The World within the Text: Literature3
The World behind the Text: History3
The World in front of the Text: Our Culture5
Maps for the World: Using Methods8
The Worlds of the Text: Historical Literature14
Learning on Your Own21
1Preparing to Hear the Stories: The Cultural Contexts of the First Audience24
Who Do People Say That I Am?25
What Must I Do to Be Saved?39
Learning on Your Own47
2The Story before the Writings: Storytelling in Earliest Christianity51
A Storytelling Culture53
How the Stories of Jesus Were Told60
The Oral Stories of Jesus67
Learning on Your Own71
3The Earliest Christian Literature: The Thessalonian Correspondence74
A Literary Analysis of First Thessalonians75
A Historical Analysis of First Thessalonians82
A Comparative Analysis of Second Thessalonians88
The Thessalonian Story95
Learning on Your Own95
4Paul's Letters to His Followers: Philemon, Philippians, Galatians, Corinthians98
Written While Imprisoned99
Written for Gentiles108
Paul and His Followers136
Learning on Your Own138
5Paul's Address to Those Outside His Circle: Romans143
Literary Analysis of Romans144
Historical Analysis of the Context148
The Theme of Romans: Two Views154
In Conclusion: Imagining Paul's Story166
Learning on Your Own172
6Paul for a New Day: Colossians, Ephesians, Timothy, Titus176
Evaluating Claims to Authorship178
The Trajectory of the New Community180
The Trajectory of the Emerging Institution186
The Trajectory of World Denial192
The Trajectory of Mystical Experience196
The Trajectory That Rejected Paul200
Christianity after Paul203
Learning on Your Own204
7Echoes of Other Stories: James, Jude, Hebrews, Peter208
The Family of Jesus: James and Jude209
Traditions of a Hellenized Judaism: Hebrews217
Traditions Associated with Peter226
How Jewish Was Jewish Christianity?237
Learning on Your Own238
8Stories Told: An Approach to Understanding the Gospels241
A Case in Point: The Empty Tomb Stories243
Gospel Interpretation: A Review245
Learning on Your Own265
9God's Kingdom in a Tragic World: The Gospel according to Mark268
The Making of Mark's Gospel269
The Presence of God: Kingdom and Power273
The Absence of God: Kingdom and Suffering279
The Situation of the Markan Community288
Learning on Your Own293
10The Book of the New Community: The Gospel according to Matthew297
An Overview of the Whole298
Reading the Story: Key Incidents304
Understanding the Characters319
The Situation of the Matthean Community325
Learning on Your Own333
11The Gospel as Heroic Narrative: The Story of Luke-Acts338
Understanding Luke's Narrative339
Gathering Witnesses in Galilee345
Instructing the Witnesses on the Journey to Jerusalem351
The Witnessing of the Events in Jerusalem354
Witnessing to the Events in Jerusalem359
Witnessing on Journeys into the Whole World365
The Situation of Luke's Community371
Learning on Your Own375
12Irony and the Spirit: The Gospel according to John380
The Structure of John's Gospel381
The Descent: The Word Became Flesh388
The Ascent: The Hour Has Come395
The Situation of John and His Community403
Learning on Your Own415
13The Dawn of a New Day: The Apocalypse of John418
Theories of Interpretation419
The Nature of the Genre423
Symbols, Images, and Meanings428
The Plot of the Apocalypse434
Symbol, Story, and History: The Setting of Revelation446
Learning on Your Own455
14The Story after the Writings: One Story in Many459
The Making of the Canon460
The Meaning of the Canon467
Canon, Story, and History469
Learning on Your Own483
Appendix ADoing Your Own Research486
Appendix BDetailed Chronology of the New Testament Era492

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