The New Testament: A Historical Introduction to the Early Christian Writings

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OUP USA, Aug 25, 2011 - Bibles - 560 pages
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Featuring vibrant full color throughout, the fifth edition of Bart D. Ehrman's highly successful introduction approaches the New Testament from a consistently historical and comparative perspective, emphasizing the rich diversity of the earliest Christian literature. Distinctive to this study is its unique focus on the historical, literary, and religious milieux of the Greco-Roman world, including early Judaism. As part of its historical orientation, the book also discusses other Christian writings that were roughly contemporary with the New Testament, such as the Gospel of Thomas, the Apocalypse of Peter, and the letters of Ignatius. NEW TO THIS EDITION: * A completely reworked chapter (2) on textual criticism, which now appears at the beginning of the book * Take a Stand" boxes that are designed to help students synthesize the material in each chapter * Expanded bibliographies featuring the most up-to-date research available * New boxes on "Jesus and the Woman Taken in Adultery," "The Ending of Mark," and "The Laughing Jesus"

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A good combination of didactics and exploration - using a textbook survey of NT books as an exemplar of different hermeneutical approaches. If only all theological textbooks were this good it wouldn't all be Greek to me... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Bart D. Ehrman is the James A. Gray Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has published numerous books and articles, including The Apocryphal Gospels: Texts and Translations (OUP, 2011); A Brief Introduction to the New Testament, Second Edition (OUP, 2010); and Lost Christianities: The Battles for Scripture and the Faiths We Never Knew (OUP, 2005).

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