An Introduction to the New Testament and the Origins of Christianity

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Cambridge University Press, Jul 11, 2002 - Religion
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This book, first published in 2002, offers an authoritative and accessible introduction to the New Testament and early Christian literature for all students of the Bible and anyone interested in the origins of Christianity. It is designed primarily for undergraduate courses in the New Testament, biblical studies and early Christianity. Delbert Burkett focuses on the New Testament, but also looks at a wealth of non-biblical writing to examine the history, religion and literature of Christianity in the years from 30 CE to 150 CE. An appendix containing translations of primary texts allows instant access to the writings outside the canon. With this textbook and the Bible, the student should therefore have all the necessary basic texts. The book is organised systematically with questions for in-class discussion and written assignment, step-by-step reading guides on individual works, special box features, charts, maps and numerous illustrations designed to facilitate student use.
 

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Contents

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Preface
PART
Jews among Greeks and Romans
Religion of SecondTemple Judaism
Varieties of SecondTemple Judaism
Jewish hopes for the future
Hellenistic religion philosophy and worldview
JUDAIC CHRISTIANITY
CHRISTIANITY
The letter of James
The Didache
GNOSTIC CHRISTIANITY 29 Gnostic Christianity
The Gospel of Thomas
PROTOORTHODOX CHRISTIANITY 31 ProtoOrthodox Christianity
1 Clement

An overview of early Christian history
The making of the New Testament
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Introduction to the Gospels
Paul his letters and his churches
Galatians
Romans 21 Problems of church life 1 Corinthians 22 Problemsof churchlife 2 Corinthians 23 The imminent parousia1and2 Thessalonians 24 Prison ...
Colossians and Ephesians
the Pastoral Epistles
Hebrews 38 Relation of Christianity to Judaism 2the Epistle of Barnabas 39 Conflict
1 Peter
APPENDIXES APPENDIX 1 Lucian on sacrifices
APPENDIX
The Gospel
Selections from 1 Clement
Selections from the Epistle of Barnabas

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Delbert Burkett has degrees from Harvard and Duke, with a specialization in New Testament and Christian Origins. He has taught religious studies at a number of colleges and universities, currently serving as Associate Professor at Louisiana State University. His book The Son of Man Debate: A History and Evaluation (Cambridge University Press, 1999) received critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic. Other works include articles for New Testament Studies and Novum Testamentum. He is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature and the Society for New Testament Studies.

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