An Introduction to the New Testament and the Origins of Christianity (2nd Edition)
First published in 2002, this book offers an authoritative and accessible introduction to the New Testament and early Christian literature for all students of the Bible and the origins of Christianity. Delbert Burkett focuses on the New Testament, but also...
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First published in 2002, this book offers an authoritative and accessible introduction to the New Testament and early Christian literature for all students of the Bible and the origins of 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. The book is organized systematically with questions for in-class discussion and written assignments, step-by-step reading guides on individual works, special box features, charts, maps and numerous illustrations designed to facilitate student use. An appendix containing translations of primary texts allows instant access to the writings outside the canon. For this new edition, Burkett has reorganized and rewritten many chapters, and has also incorporated revisions throughout the text, bringing it up to date with current scholarship. This volume is designed for use as the primary textbook for one and two-semester courses on the New Testament and Early Christianity.
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 most recent book, The Son of Man Debate: A History and Evaluation (Cambridge, 1999) has 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.
- Part I. Historical And Religious Background: 1. Introduction; 2. Jews Among Greeks And Romans; 3. Basic Second Temple Judaism; 4. Varieties Of Second Temple Judaism; 5. Jewish Hopes For The Future; 6. Hellenistic Religion, Philosophy, And World-view; 7. An Overview Of Early Christian History; 8. The Making Of The New Testament; Part Ii. Jesus And The Gospels: 9. Introduction To The Gospels; 10. The Synoptic Problem; 11. The Gospel Of Mark; 12. The Gospel Of Matthew; 13. The Gospel Of Luke; 14. The Gospel Of John; 15. The Apocryphal Jesus; 16. The Quest For The Historical Jesus; Part Iii. Acts: 17. The Book Of Acts; Part Iv. Pauline Christianity: 18. Paul, His Letters, And His Churches; 19. Gentiles And The Law (1): Galatians; 20. Gentiles And The Law (2): Romans; 21. Problems Of Church Life: 1 Corinthians; 22. Problems Of Church Life: 2 Corinthians; 23. The Imminent Parousia: 1 And 2 Thessalonians; 24. Prison Epistles (1): Philippians And Philemon; 25. Prison Epistles (2): Colossians And Ephesians; Part V. Judaic Christianity: 26. Judaic Christianity; 27. The Letter Of James; 28. The Didache; Part Vi. Gnostic Christianity: 29. Gnostic Christianity; 30. The Gospel Of Thomas; Part Vii. Proto-orthodox Christianity: 31. Proto-orthodox Christianity; 32. Conflict In The Church (1): Pastoral Epistles; 33. Conflict In The Church (2): Jude And 2 Peter; 34. Conflict In The Church (3): Johannine Epistles; 35. Conflict In The Church (4): Letters Of Ignatius; 36. Conflict In The Church (5): 1 Clement; 37. Relation Of Christianity To Judaism (1): Hebrews; 38. Relation Of Christianity To Judaism (2): Epistle Of Barnabas; 39. Conflict With The Roman World (1): 1 Peter; 40. Conflict With The Roman World (2): Revelation; Appendixes: Appendix 1. Lucian On Sacrifices; Appendix 2. The Essenes; Appendix 3. Jewish Messianic Hopes; Appendix 4. Divine Humans And Their Births; Appendix 5. Apotheoses; Appendix 6. Miracle Stories In The Ancient World; Appendix 7. The Infancy Gospel Of Thomas; Appendix 8. The Gospel Of Peter; Appendix 9. The Didache; Appendix 10. Selections From The Gospel Of Thomas; Appendix 11. Ignatius To The Smyrnaeans 1-9; Appendix 12. Selections From 1 Clement; Appendix 13. Selections From The Epistle Of Barnabas; Appendix 14. Conflict With Rome.