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Backgrounds of Early Christianity by
Publication Date: 2003-08-19
Having long served as a standard introduction to the world of the early church, Everett Ferguson's Backgrounds of Early Christianity has been expanded and updated in this third edition. The book explores and unpacks the Roman, Greek, and Jewish political, social, religious, and philosophical backgrounds necessary for a good historical understanding of the New Testament and the early church. New to this edition are revisions of Ferguson's original material, updated bibliographies, and fresh discussions of first-century social life, of Gnosticism, and of the Dead Sea Scrolls and other Jewish literature.
The Complete Gospels by
Publication Date: 2010-07-15
This title collects the canonical counterparts, from the first and second centuries, under a single cover. These extracanonical gospels are independent of the canon, and significantly contribute to our understanding of the developments in the Jesus tradition leading up to and surrounding the New Testament.
From Jesus Christ to Christianity by
Publication Date: 2003-01-01
The scholarship that forms the backbone of this work developed in a period of change in South Africa which precipitated a search for moral accountability and the place of old religions in the new order. Religious studies mirrored these changes and adopted a new focus on Christianity against its historical background, and the study of the Books of the Bible as a collection of ancient literary texts. This study contends that by studying Christianity in context readers are bettter equipped to understand its function in their own environment, a process deemed particularly necessary in Africa, where religious belief and practice tend to overshadow critical engagement with religion as an academic discipline. Contributing editor Eben Secheffler is Professor of Old Testament Studies at the University of South Afirca. Gerhard van den Heever is Senior Lecturer of New Testament Studies, and the other contributors are all academics in the fields of theology at the University of South Africa.
Palestine in the Time of Jesus by
Publication Date: 2008-07-15
Hanson and Oakman's award-winning and enormously illuminating volume quickly has become a widely used and cited introduction to the social context of the early Jesus movement. This new printing augments the text with multiple features on an accompanying CD-ROM.
Prophet and Teacher by
Publication Date: 2005-07-04
Offering a unique introduction to the historical person Jesus of Nazareth, respected New Testament scholar William Herzog traces the history of discussion and scholarship of the historical Jesus, including that of the recent and very public Jesus Seminar. He does so, however, with an eye toward the theological. No other introduction is tied so closely to the biblical texts. By exploring in depth Jesus' words--the parables--and Jesus' deeds--miracles, Herzog presents a holistic picture of Jesus that will explain how Jesus' followers would have understood his miracles and his role as prophet. With its accessibility and clear connections to what the gospels are saying, Prophet and Teacher will appeal to general readers with little theological background and be a popular primary text in undergraduate and seminary classes.
Rethinking the Synoptic Problem by
Publication Date: 2001-10-01
The problematic literary relationship among the Synoptic Gospels has given rise to numerous theories of authorship and priority. The primary objective of Rethinking the Synoptic Problem is to familiarize students with the main positions held by New Testament scholars in this much-debated area of research. The contributors to this volume, all leading biblical scholars, highlight current academic trends within New Testament scholarship and updates evangelical understandings of the Synoptic Problem.
The Social Gospel of Jesus by
Publication Date: 2000-11-08
A dynamic analysis of Jesus' central proclamation Scholars are agreed that the central metaphor in Jesus' proclamation was the kingdom of God. But what did that phrase mean in the first-century Palestinian world of Jesus? Since it is a political metaphor, what did Jesus envision as the political import of his message? Since this is tied to the political economy, how was that structured in Jesus' day? How is the violence of Jesus' Mediterranean world addressed in the kingdom? And how does "self-denial" fit into Jesus' agenda? Malina tackles these questions in a very accessible way, providing a social-scientific analysis, meaning that he brings to bear explicit models and a comparative approach toward an exciting interpretation of what Jesus was up to, and how, his first-century audience would have heard him.
The Social History of Palestine in the Herodian Period by
Publication Date: 1991-01-01
A study of land ownership in first-century Palestine with emphasis on the Little Tradition vis-a-vis the Great Tradition. Under the former, land was viewed in a somewhat traditional and egalitarian sense as a gift of God; in the latter, land was seen in an entrepreneurial, capitalistic light. The concepts of the Great Tradition led the Ptolemies, Seleucids, Herods, and Romans to form large estates - this movement cost many peasants their patrimonial farm plots, reducing them to day labourers and tenants and causing deterioration of the extended family.