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The New Testament : a historical introduction to the early Christian… (edition 1997)

by Bart D. Ehrman

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Featuring vibrant full color throughout, the sixth edition of Bart D. Ehrman's highly successful introduction approaches the New Testament from a consistently historical and comparative perspective, emphasizing the rich diversity of the earliest Christian literature. Distinctive to this study is its unique focus on the historical, literary, and religious milieux of the Greco-Roman world, including early Judaism. As part of its historical orientation, the book also discusses other Christian writings that were roughly contemporary with the New Testament, such as the Gospel of Thomas, the Apocalypse of Peter, and the letters of Ignatius. FEATURES A uniquely accessible and engaging writing style that vividly brings the New Testament story to life Time lines, illustrations, maps, and more than 100 photos, including three photo essays An extensive glossary of key terms, which appear in boldface type the first time they are used in each chapter… (more)
Title:The New Testament : a historical introduction to the early Christian writings
Authors:Bart D. Ehrman
Info:New York : Oxford University Press, 1997.
Collections:Your library
Tags:Church history -- Early church, Early Christian literature, Bible. New Testament.

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Well-written introduction to study of the New Testament centering on the history of early Christianity rather than a theological or literary perspective. How do these early Christian writings reflect that history and how did they help to shape it? Includes helpful examples of other, non-canonical early Christian writings and discussion of how they relate to, and differ from, one another. Ehrman teaches at UNC-Chapel Hill. ( )
  FriendshipFLibrary | Nov 26, 2018 |
I must admit at the outset that I am a fan of Dr. Ehrman. This book is essentially a text book on the historical origins of today's New Testament (NT). Dr. Ehrman is a theological historian, not a theologian. His research is exhaustive, factual, intellectual and honest.

It is not a book of faith, it is a book of fact based not only on the contents of the NT but takes into consideration available outside works of the same time period that support or challenge biblical content, and the recent finds from sites such as Nag Hammadi and the Dead Sea Scrolls that were uncovered long after the current canon had been chosen.

This is a long, exhausting read. It is well written, well documented and interesting but will not be read in a short period of time, and may well become a life-long reference to unsupported claims by some biblical scholars and theologians.

I would recommend this book to anyone with an open mind who wants to see exactly what we know to date about the origins and potential accuracy of "scripture." Note that this book is now in its 6th Edition. ( )
  mldavis2 | Jun 14, 2016 |
  OberlinSWAP | Aug 1, 2015 |
There is some really interesting stuff in here, but it can plod along if you're not VERY interested in the subject matter. ( )
  aketzle | Sep 1, 2014 |
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  davidweigel | Nov 1, 2008 |
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Preface -- With so many textbooks on the New Testament from which to choose, it seems only fair to begin this one by indicating some of its distinctive features.
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