New Testament History and Literature

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Yale University Press, Apr 24, 2012 - Religion - 416 pages

In this engaging introduction to the New Testament, Professor Dale B. Martin presents a historical study of the origins of Christianity by analyzing the literature of the earliest Christian movements. Focusing mainly on the New Testament, he also considers nonbiblical Christian writings of the era.

Martin begins by making a powerful case for the study of the New Testament. He next sets the Greco-Roman world in historical context and explains the place of Judaism within it. In the discussion of each New Testament book that follows, the author addresses theological themes, then emphasizes the significance of the writings as ancient literature and as sources for historical study. Throughout the volume, Martin introduces various early Christian groups and highlights the surprising variations among their versions of Christianity.


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Preface and Acknowledgments
The Development of the Canon
The GrecoRoman World
Ancient Judaism
A Comparison of Acts
The Gospel of Matthew
The Gospel of Thomas
Colossians and Ephesians
Christology Faith and Works
The Pastoral Epistles
The Acts of Paul and Thecla
Premodern Biblical Interpretation
Apocalypticisrn as Resistance
Apocalypticisrn as Accommodation

The Gospel of John
The Letters of John and the Spread of Christianity
The Historical Jesus
1 Thessalonians
Philemon and 1 and 2 Corinthians
Galatians and Romans
Christianity after the New Testament Period
Subject and Author Index
Index of Scripture Citations

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Dale B. Martin is Woolsey Professor of Religious Studies and chair of the Department of Religious Studies, Yale University. His previous books include The Corinthian Body and Slavery as Salvation: The Metaphor of Slavery in Pauline Christianity, both published by Yale University Press. He lives in New Haven, CT.

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