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The New Testament: A Historical Introduction to the Early Christian Writings • Fourth Edition
Bart D. Ehrman

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Format: Paperback, 592pp.
ISBN: 9780195322590
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Pub. Date: 4 edition October 7, 2007

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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. An accompanying Instructor's Manual contains chapter summaries, discussion questions, and a test bank. An updated Website Study Guide provides chapter summaries, glossary terms, and self-quizzes for students.

New to this edition:
  • Coverage of new discoveries--including the Gospel of Judas Iscariot--and of recent advances in scholarship
  • A revised discussion of the history of Palestine and Judaism, which now appears much earlier in the book (Chapter 3), thereby providing students with more background on the development of early Christianity at the outset of their studies
  • A new photo essay on important Greek manuscripts of the New Testament, ten new text boxes, a revised epilogue, and updated suggestions for further reading
  • An expanded glossary featuring more than 200 key terms, which are also listed at the end of each chapter in which they appear
  • Key terms appear in boldface type the first time they are used in each chapter
  • Vivid full color throughout
Ideal for undergraduate and seminary classes in the New Testament, Biblical Studies, and Christian Origins, The New Testament: A Historical Introduction to the Early Christian Writings, Fourth Edition, encourages students to carefully consider the historical issues surrounding these writings.


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"There are lots of introductions to the New Testament out there, but this is one of the very best. Ehrman has produced an engaging, well-written, up-to-date, and user-friendly introduction to the life and literature of the New Testament and early Christianity focusing on historical issues and problems."
—David E. Aune, Loyola University

 

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Bart D. Erhman is Bowman and Gordon and Gordon Gray Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Widely recognized for his expertise in the textual criticism of the New Testament, he has published numerous books and articles on the literature and history of early Christianity including The New Testament and Other Early Christian Writings: A Reader, After the New Testament: A Reader in Early Christianity, and Jesus, Apocalyptic Prophet of the New Millennium.

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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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