The World of Jesus and the Early Church: Identity and Interpretation in Early Communities of Faith

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Craig A. Evans
Hendrickson Publishers, 2011 - Religion - 257 pages
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Prominent scholars in the fields of Archaeology, New Testament Studies, and the Dead Sea Scrolls have come together in "The World of Jesus and the Early Church" to focus on early Jewish and Christian communities of faith and their impact on the collections of texts that were their scriptures (and would become, in due time, part of their various canons).

Professors, students, and pastors who are interested in how these communities lived--how they developed, what they believed, and how they regarded and preserved the written documents that were their scripture--will be interested in this comprehensive volume drawn from presentations made to key conferences on the subject. This book's emphasis on a variety of communities of faith (not just Christian) and their early (and critical) influence on the development of religious canonical materials sets it apart from others on New Testament-period culture.

  

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Contents

The Site of Qumran and the Sectarian Communities in the Dead Sea Scrolls
9
Lines from the Bible
23
Remembered
37
Disputed Issues in the Study of Cities Villages and the Economy
53
Children in House Churches in Light of New Research on Families
69
On the Burial of
87
New Archaeological
97
Interpreting the Scriptures
119
The Oldest Attested Hebrew Scriptures and the Khirbet Qeiyafa
153
Biblia Hebraica Quinta
169
What Do the Earliest Christian Manuscripts Tell Us about Their
179
Bold Claims Wishful Thinking and Lessons about Dating
193
Bibliography
213
Index of Modern Authors
245
Index of Ancient Sources
251
Copyright

The Qumran Scrolls of Samuel
141

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About the author (2011)

Craig A. Evans, PhD, is Payzant Distinguished Professor of New Testament at Acadia Divinity College, Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada. He is a frequent contributor to scholarly journals and the author or editor of numerous publications.

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