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The New Testament in Antiquity

A Survey of the New Testament within Its Cultural Context
Gary M. Burge (Author), Lynn H. Cohick (Author), Gene L. Green (Author)
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The New Testament in Antiquity is a textbook for college and seminary students penned by three evangelical scholars with over fifty years of combined experience in the classroom. Their challenge was to build a text that would be engaging, academically robust, richly illustrated, and relevant to the modern student. This book strikes a balance between being accessible to all students and challenging them to explore the depths of the New Testament within its cultural worlds.The New Testament in Antiquity carefully develops how Jewish and Hellenistic cultures formed the essential environment in which the New Testament authors wrote their books and letters. It argues that knowing the land, history, and culture of this world brings remarkable new insights into how we read the New Testament itself. Numerous sidebars provide windows into the Jewish, Hellenistic, and Roman worlds and integrate this material directly with the interpretation of the literature of the New Testament. This is an ideal introductory text for classroom use, with ample discussion questions and bibliographies.

About the Authors

Gary M. Burge (PhD, King's College, Aberdeen University) is visiting professor of New Testament at Calvin Theological Seminary. Gary has authored a number of books, including Who Are God’s People in the Middle East? What Christians Are Not Being Told About Israel and the Palestinians; John and Letters of John in the NIV Application Commentary series; The New Testament in Antiquity (coauthored with Gene Green); and the first three volumes in the Ancient Context, Ancient Faith series: The Bible and the Land, Jesus, the Middle Eastern Storyteller, and Encounters with Jesus. Gary specializes in the Middle East, its churches, and its history in the Hellenistic period.

Lynn H. Cohick (PhD in New Testament/Christian Origins, University of Pennsylvania) is the provost at Denver Seminary. Lynn has written Philippians in the Story of God Bible Commentary (Zondervan, 2013) and Ephesians in the New Covenant Commentary (Cascade, 2010), as well as Women in the World of the Earliest Christians (Baker Academic, 2009). She explores early Jewish/Christian relations in her book, Melito of Sardis: Setting, Purpose, and Sources (Brown Judaic Studies, 2000), and in several articles on women in Early Judaism and earliest Christianity.

Gene L. Green (PhD, Kings College, Aberdeen University) professor of New Testament at Wheaton College and Graduate School. Before coming to Wheaton in 1996, he served for over a decade as professor of New Testament as well as Academic Dean and Rector of the Seminario ESEPA in San José, Costa Rica. He is the author of two commentaries in Spanish, 1 Pedro y 2 Pedro (Caribe) and 1 y 2 Tesalonicenses (Portavoz), and English commentaries on 1 and 2 Thessalonians (Pillar Series, Eerdmans) and 2 Peter and Jude (BECNT, Baker). His special research interest is the intersection of the Christian faith and cultures, both ancient and contemporary. Gene has pastored and taught in churches in the United States and Latin America since 1972. He also serves on the board of John Stott Ministries.

Table of Contents

1. Studying the New Testament
2. The Historical Setting of the New Testament
3. The World of Jesus in His Jewish Homeland
4. The Mediterranean World of the Apostle Paul
5. Sources for the Story of Jesus
6. The Story of Jesus
7. The Teachings of Jesus
8. The Gospel according to Matthew
9. The Gospel according to Mark
10. The Gospel according to Luke
11. The Gospel according to John
12. The Acts of the Apostles
13. Paul of Tarsus: Life and Teachings
14. The Letter to the Galatians
15. 1 and 2 Thessalonians
16. 1 Corinthians
17. 2 Corinthians
18. The Letter to the Romans
19. Ephesians and Colossians
20. Philippians and Philemon
21. The Pastoral Letters
22. The Letter of James
23. The Letter to the Hebrews
24. 1 and 2 Peter and Jude
25. The Letters of John
26. The Revelation of John
27. Preservation and Communication of the New Testament


“. . . one of the best introductions and surveys in recent times. Remarkably attractive in its layout, with color pictures, color pictures, charts, diagrams and sidebars galore . . . If it's backgrounds you want to highlight in a one-semester introduction to the New Testament, this is the text to assign.” -- Craig L. Blomberg, PhD

“Complete with an extraordinary array of visual illustrations, this book covers important topics needed for an introductory text in New Testament in a way that is both understandable and well-informed. It emphasizes many details that help students discover the biblical text in new ways they would rarely get on their own.” -- Craig S. Keener

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  • Page Count: 480
  • Format: Hardcover, Printed
  • ISBN: 9780310244950
  • Release: February 2, 2009