Dictionary of New Testament Background
The Dictionary of New Testament Background joins the Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels (ISBN 085 110 6463), the Dictionary of Paul and his Letters (ISBN 085 110 651X) and the Dictionary of the Later New Testament and its Developments...
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The Dictionary of New Testament Background joins the Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels (ISBN 085 110 6463), the Dictionary of Paul and his Letters (ISBN 085 110 651X) and the Dictionary of the Later New Testament and its Developments (ISBN 085 111 7511) as the fourth in a landmark series of reference works on the Bible. In a time when our knowledge of the ancient Mediterranean world has grown by bounds, this volume sets out for readers the wealth of Jewish and Greco-Roman background that should inform our reading and understanding of the New Testament and early Christianity.
The Dictionary of New Testament Background takes full advantage of the flourishing study of the Dead Sea Scrolls and offers individual articles focused on the most important scrolls. In addition, the Dictionary encompasses the fullness of second-temple Jewish writings, whether pseudepigraphic, rabbinic, parables, proverbs, histories or inscriptions. Articles abound on aspects of Jewish life and thought, including family, purity, liturgy and messianism. The full scope of Greco-Roman culture is displayed in articles ranging across language and rhetoric, literacy and book benefactors, travel and trade, intellectual movements and ideas, and ancient geographical perspectives.
No other reference work presents so much in one place for students of the New Testament. Here an entire library of scholarship is made available in summary form. The Dictionary of New Testament Background can stand alone or work in concert with one or more of its companion volumes in the series. Written by acknowledged experts in their fields, this wealth of knowledge of the New Testament era is carefully aimed at the needs of contemporary students of the New Testament. And its full bibliographies and cross-references to other volumes in the series will make it the first book to reach for in any investigation of the New Testament in its ancient setting.
"It is probably true to say that never before has so much scholarship on the world of the first centuries of Christianity been summarised between the covers of one book. It will help many a teacher and some students to learn the significance of unfamiliar writings and ideas as well as throwing light on the texts of the New Testament and the writings of scholars about these extraordinary documents. Very highly recommended."
Association of Christian Teachers (UK)
Stanley E. Porter (Ph.D., University of Sheffield) is president, dean, and professor of New Testament at McMaster Divinity College, Hamilton, Ontario. He is the author of many books on the New Testament and the editor of more than forty other volumes, including Reading the Gospels Today.
Some of his significant works include Idioms of the Greek New Testament; Paul in Acts; Fundamentals of New Testament Greek; The Criteria for Authenticity in Historical-Jesus Research; The Book of Acts (New International Greek Testament Commentary); The Pastoral Epistles (Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament); Verbal Aspect in the Greek of the New Testament, with Reference to Tense and Mood (Studies in Biblical Greek ; Vol 1) and Romans (Readings: A New Biblical Commentary).
Koorong -Editorial Review.
Craig A. Evans (Ph.D., Claremont) is Payzant Distinguished Professor of New Testament and director of the graduate program at Acadia Divinity College in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. He has written extensively on the historical Jesus and the Jewish background of the New Testament era. His books include Jesus and His Contemporaries: Comparative Studies, Luke (New International Bible Commentary), Mark (Word Biblical Commentary), Jesus and the Ossuaries, Fabricating Jesus and Ancient Texts for New Testament Studies. His edited volumes include (with Bruce Chilton) Studying the Historical Jesus: Evaluations of the State of Current Research, Dictionary of New Testament Background, From Prophecy To Testament and (with John Collins) Christian Beginnings and the Dead Sea Scrolls.
He has recently served on the advisory board on The Gospel of Judas for National Geographic Society and has appeared frequently as an expert commentator on network television programs, such as Dateline, and in various documentaries on the BBC, the Discovery Channel and the History Channel. He most recent work is Matthew (New Cambridge Bible Commentary.)