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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.
Focussing on the New Testament, but also examining a wealth of non-biblical
writing which sheds light on the history, religion and literature of Christianity
in the years from 30 CE to 150 CE.
In the much contested field of New Testament studies this textbook draws on
a wide spectrum of biblical scholarship to provide students with a balanced critical
overview of the origins and early expressions of Christian belief. The book is
organized systematically with questions for in-class discussion and written assignment,
step-by-step reading guides on individual works, special box features, charts,
maps, an appendix with translations of primary texts, and numerous illustrations
designed to facilitate student use.
Chapters on specific biblical texts include:
- Introduction to the critical issues, historical setting and themes
- Outline of the text with explanatory and interpretive comments
- Discussion/review questions for in-class use and homework
- Suggestions for further study
With this textbook and the Bible, the student will have all the necessary basic
Delbert Burkett has taught religious studies at a number of colleges and universities
and is currently serving as Associate Professor at Louisiana State University.
His book The Son of Man Debate: A History and Evaluation (Cambridge, 1999) has
received critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic. Other works include articles
for New Testament Studies and Novum Testamentum.