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An Introduction to the New Testament and the Origins of Christianity

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  • Date Published: March 2019
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781316624944

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  • First published in 2002, this book offers an authoritative and accessible introduction to the New Testament and early Christian literature for all students of the Bible and the origins of Christianity. Delbert Burkett focuses on the New Testament, but also looks at a wealth of non-biblical writing to examine the history, religion and literature of Christianity in the years from 30 CE to 150 CE. The book is organized systematically with questions for in-class discussion and written assignments, step-by-step reading guides on individual works, special box features, charts, maps and numerous illustrations designed to facilitate student use. An appendix containing translations of primary texts allows instant access to the writings outside the canon. For this new edition, Burkett has reorganized and rewritten many chapters, and has also incorporated revisions throughout the text, bringing it up to date with current scholarship. This volume is designed for use as the primary textbook for one and two-semester courses on the New Testament and Early Christianity.

    • Covers all necessary basic texts (including non-canonical materials) for following a course in New Testament studies
    • Includes a reading guide that directs the student step by step through the primary text with explanatory comments
    • Identifies key terms and concepts and uses review questions to focus attention on the central ideas of each chapter
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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: March 2019
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781316624944
    • length: 642 pages
    • dimensions: 246 x 175 x 29 mm
    • weight: 1.28kg
    • contains: 65 b/w illus. 12 maps
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Historical and Religious Background:
    1. Introduction
    2. Jews among Greeks and Romans
    3. Basic 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 synoptic 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 in the church (1): pastoral epistles
    33. Conflict in the church (2): Jude and 2 Peter
    34. Conflict in the church (3): Johannine Epistles
    35. Conflict in the church (4): letters of Ignatius
    36. Conflict in the church (5):
    1 Clement
    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: Appendix 1. Lucian on sacrifices
    Appendix 2. The Essenes
    Appendix 3. Jewish messianic hopes
    Appendix 4. Divine humans and their births
    Appendix 5. Apotheoses
    Appendix 6. Miracle stories in the ancient world
    Appendix 7. The Infancy Gospel of Thomas
    Appendix 8. The Gospel of Peter
    Appendix 9. The Didache
    Appendix 10. Selections from the Gospel of Thomas
    Appendix 11. Ignatius to the Smyrnaeans 1–9
    Appendix 12. Selections from 1 Clement
    Appendix 13. Selections from the Epistle of Barnabas
    Appendix 14. Conflict with Rome.

  • Author

    Delbert Burkett, Louisiana State University
    Delbert Burkett is Seynaeve Professor of Christian Origins at Louisiana State University. He has written or edited a number of books and articles on Jesus, the New Testament title 'Son of Man', and the Synoptic Gospels. He has received several teaching awards and a major research grant. He is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature and was elected to the Society for New Testament Studies.

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