An Introduction to the New Testament and the Origins of Christianity

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Cambridge University Press, Jul 10, 2002 - Religion - 600 pages
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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.
  

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Contents

Introduction
3
Jews among Greeks and Romans
15
Religion of SecondTemple Judaism
32
Varieties of SecondTemple Judaism
45
Jewish hopes for the future
60
Hellenistic religion philosophy and worldview
72
An overview of early Christian history
90
The making of the New Testament
105
Gnostic Christianity
407
The Gospel of Thomas
415
ProtoOrthodox Christianity
423
Conflict within the church 1 1 Clement
431
Conflict within the church 2 the Pastoral Epistles
436
Conflict within the church 3 Jude and 2 Peter
446
Conflict within the church 4 the Johannine Epistles
453
Conflict within the church 5 the letters of Ignatius
463

Introduction to the Gospels
121
The Synoptic problem
140
The Gospel of Mark
155
The Gospel of Matthew
174
The Gospel of Luke
195
The Gospel of John
214
The apocryphal Jesus
236
The quest for the historical Jesus
243
The book of Acts
263
Paul his letters and his churches
289
Gentiles and the Law 1 Galatians
303
Gentiles and the Law 2 Romans
315
Problems of church life 1 Corinthians
328
Problems of church life 2 Corinthians
339
The imminent parousia 1 and 2 Thessalonians
345
Prison Epistles 1 Philippians and Philemon
353
Prison Epistles 2 Colossians and Ephesians
362
Judaic Christianity
379
The letter of James
389
The Didache
396
Relation of Christianity to Judaism 1 Hebrews
469
Relation of Christianity to Judaism 2 the Epistle of Barnabas
480
Conflict with the Roman world 1 1 Peter
484
Conflict with the Roman world 2 Revelation
497
Lucian on sacrifices
519
The Essenes
520
Jewish messianic hopes
524
Divine men and their births
529
Apotheoses
536
Miracle stories in the ancient world
539
The Infancy Gospel of Thomas
549
The Gospel of Peter
553
The Didache
557
Selections from the Gospel of Thomas
564
Selections from 1 Clement
572
Ignatius to the Smyrnaeans 19
576
Selections from the Epistle of Barnabas
579
Conflict with Rome
584
Index
589
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Early Christianity
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About the author (2002)

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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