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An Introduction to the New Testament and the Origins of Christianity

An Introduction to the New Testament and the Origins of Christianity

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  • Date Published: July 2002
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521007207

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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. There are 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. With this textbook and the Bible, the student should therefore have all the necessary basic texts.

    • Introduces the history, literature and religion of early Christianity in the years from 30 to 150 CE
    • Numerous maps, photographs and diagrams provide visual aids and an appendix containing translations of primary texts provides access to relevant literature outside the New Testament
    • Review questions help students focus on the main points of each chapter
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "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

    "...it 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

    • Date Published: July 2002
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521007207
    • length: 618 pages
    • dimensions: 241 x 170 x 33 mm
    • weight: 1kg
    • contains: 69 b/w illus. 11 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part 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
    Part 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
    Part III. Acts:
    17. The Book of Acts
    Part 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
    Part V. Judaic Christianity:
    26. Judaic Christianity
    27. The letter of James
    28. The Didache
    Part VI. Gnostic Christianity:
    29. Gnostic Christianity
    30. The Gospel of Thomas
    Part 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
    Appendixes:
    1. Lucian on sacrifice
    2. The Essenes
    3. Jewish Messianic hopes
    4. Divine men and their births
    5. Apotheoses
    6. Miracle stories in the ancient world
    7. The infancy Gospel of Thomas
    8. The Gospel of Peter
    9. The Didache
    10. Selections from the Gospel of Thomas
    11. Selections from 1 Clement
    12. Selections from the epistle of Barnabas
    13. Ignatius to the Smyrnaeans 1-9
    14. Conflict with Rome.

  • Author

    Delbert Burkett, Louisiana State University
    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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