Ideal for undergraduate and seminary classes in which the student will consider the New Testament from a historical rather than theological point of view while also looking at other relevant issues and ideas suggested in recent scholarship.
A vibrant, colorful textbook, A Brief Introduction to the New Testament, is a concise version of Bart D. Ehrman's best-selling The New Testament: A Historical Introduction to the Early Christian Writings. Retaining the approach of the longer textbook while condensing and simplifying much of its material, this accessible volume approaches the New Testament from a historical and comparative, rather than theological, perspective and emphasizes the diversity of the earliest Christian literature. Distinctive to this study is its emphasis on the historical, literary, and religious milieu of the Greco-Roman world, including early Judaism.
The text incorporates a wealth of pedagogical resources including an extensive text box program, study questions, maps, timelines, comprehensive glossary, and more than seventy photos.
The updated third edition features:
New "Take a Stand" boxes at the end of each chapter that help students synthesize the material
New text boxes on textual criticism, forgery, the historical Jesus, and non-canonical texts
Updated and expanded bibliographies
An updated Student Website containing chapter summaries, key terms, guides for reading, and self-quizzes
A FREE 6-month subscription to Oxford Biblical Studies Online (www.oxfordbiblicalstudies.com)--a $180 value--is available with the purchase of every new copy of this text.
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