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The New Testament
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Featuring vibrant full color throughout, the sixth 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. FEATURES A uniquely accessible and engaging writing style that vividly brings the New Testament story to life Time lines, illustrations, maps, and more than 100 photos, including three photo essays An extensive glossary of key terms, which appear in boldface type the first time they are used in each chapter
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Table of Contents

EACH CHAPTER ENDS WITH A "TAKE A STAND" SECTION; INTRODUCTION: WHY STUDY THE NEW TESTAMENT?; 1. WHAT IS THE NEW TESTAMENT? THE EARLY CHRISTIANS AND THEIR LITERATURE; 2. DO WE HAVE THE ORIGINAL NEW TESTAMENT?; 3. THE GRECO-ROMAN WORLD OF EARLY CHRISTIAN TRADITIONS; 4. THE JEWISH WORLD OF JESUS AND HIS FOLLOWERS; 5. THE ORAL TRADITIONS ABOUT JESUS IN THEIR GRECO-ROMAN CONTEXT; 6. THE CHRISTIAN GOSPELS: A LITERARY AND HISTORICAL INTRODUCTION; 7. JESUS, THE SUFFERING SON OF GOD: THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO MARK; 8. THE SYNOPTIC PROBLEM AND ITS SIGNIFICANCE FOR INTERPRETATION; 9. JESUS, THE JEWISH MESSIAH: THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO MATTHEW; 10. JESUS, THE SAVIOR OF THE WORLD: THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO LUKE; 11. JESUS, THE MAN SENT FROM HEAVEN: THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO JOHN; 12. FROM JOHN'S JESUS TO THE GNOSTIC CHRIST: THE JOHANNINE EPISTLES AND BEYOND; 13. JESUS FROM DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVES: OTHER GOSPELS IN EARLY CHRISTIANITY; 14. THE HISTORICAL JESUS: SOURCES, PROBLEMS, AND METHODS; 15. EXCURSUS: THE HISTORIAN AND THE PROBLEM OF MIRACLES; 16. JESUS IN CONTEXT; 17. JESUS, THE APOCALYPTIC PROPHET; 18. FROM JESUS TO THE GOSPELS; 19. LUKE'S SECOND VOLUME: THE ACTS OF THE APOSTLES; 20. PAUL THE APOSTLE: THE MAN AND HIS MISSION; 21. PAUL AND HIS APOSTOLIC MISSION: 1 THESSALONIANS AS A TEST CASE; 22. PAUL AND THE CRISES OF HIS CHURCHES: 1 AND 2 CORINTHIANS, GALATIANS, PHILIPPIANS, AND PHILEMON; 23. THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO PAUL: THE LETTER TO THE ROMANS; 24. DOES THE TRADITION MISCARRY? PAUL IN RELATION TO JESUS, JAMES, THECLA, AND THEUDAS; 25. IN THE WAKE OF THE APOSTLE: THE DEUTERO-PAULINE AND PASTORAL EPISTLES; 26. FROM PAUL'S FEMALE COLLEAGUES TO THE PASTOR'S INTIMIDATED WOMEN: THE OPPRESSION OF WOMEN IN EARLY CHRISTIANITY; 27. CHRISTIANS AND JEWS: HEBREWS, BARNABAS, AND LATER ANTI-JEWISH LITERATURE; 28. CHRISTIANS AND PAGANS: 1 PETER, THE LETTERS OF IGNATIUS, THE MARTYRDOM OF POLYCARP, AND LATER APOLOGETIC LITERATURE; 29. CHRISTIANS AND CHRISTIANS: JAMES, THE DIDACHE, POLYCARP, 1 CLEMENT, JUDE, AND 2 PETER; 30. CHRISTIANS AND THE COSMOS: THE REVELATION OF JOHN, THE SHEPHERD OF HERMAS, AND THE APOCALYPSE OF PETER

About the Author

Bart D. Ehrman is James A. Gray Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has written or edited more than twenty-nine books, including five New York Times best sellers. His publications include After the New Testament, Second Edition (OUP, 2014), The Bible (OUP, 2013), Forgery and Counterforgery(OUP, 2013), and The Orthodox Corruption of Scripture, Second Edition (OUP, 2011).

Reviews

This is an attractively produced student textbook, well explained and illustrated and with questions to discuss and answer ... its value for teachers and students is shown by the fact that it has gone through so many editions. * David Wenham, Journal for the Study of the New Testament * The New Testament is truly a remarkable accumulation of scholarship. Ehrman's ability to convey a message to students, of all levels, is unsurpassed by any other secondary source or textbook. * Randall W. Holste, Wake Technical Community College * Ehrman does a great job giving historical, religious, social, and literary background and also demonstrating various methodologies for students. * Tim Vivian, California State University, Bakersfield * This is the best New Testament intro book for college students, hands down. * Yonder Moynihan Gillihan, Boston College *

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