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New Testament : Student's Introduction

New Testament : Student's Introduction - 5th edition

ISBN13: 978-0072876017

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ISBN13: 978-0072876017
ISBN10: 0072876018
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 5TH 06
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Publishing Company
Published: 2006
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New Testament : Student's Introduction - 5TH 06 edition

ISBN13: 978-0072876017

Stephen Harris

ISBN13: 978-0072876017
ISBN10: 0072876018
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 5TH 06
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Publishing Company

Published: 2006
International: No
Summary
  • The fifth edition is full-color, significantly enhancing the quality of maps, charts, and other illustrations.
  • Vibrant new photographs show major archaeological sites and monuments associated with Christianity in the Greco-Roman period. Besides new photos showing numerous inscriptions and archaeological artifacts linked to New Testament characters and events, colorful mosaics from Ravenna and early Christian art from the catacombs are also included.
  • Additional coverage focuses on Herod and his dynasty, as well as on the entire historical background of the rise of Christianity.
  • Chapter 5 further emphasizes the diversity of Palestinian Judaism at the time of Jesus and provides a fuller and more accurate picture of Jewish ideas about the Messiah's political role, as well as a more complete coverage of messianic passages from the Old Testament.
  • In Chapter 6, new material highlights new trends in current scholarship, such as recent scholarly objections to the "Q hypothesis" (the view that Matthew and Luke took much of their shared material from a now-lost collection of Jesus' sayings).
  • In Chapter 8, some of the ethical paradoxes in Matthew's Gospel have been highlighted in a new box, allowing students to see at a glance the tensions between ethical principles articulated in the Sermon on the Mount and some of the Gospel writer's later violations of these principles.
  • Chapter 9 features new sections on the importance of Jerusalem and on Luke's emphasis that Christianity was a lawful religion that did not threaten the stability of the Roman Empire. Luke's version of Jesus' prediction of his Second Coming is now more fully analyzed and compared to parallel themes in his account of Christian origins in the Book of Acts (Ch. 13).
  • Chapter 10 further elucidates the significance of John's distinctive doctrine of "realized eschatology."
  • Enhanced coverage of Paul and his letters appears in Chapters 14-17.
  • Updated lists of recommended reading in virtually every chapter include important new bibliographical references, and new entries have been added to the Glossary.

Table of Contents

Part I. AN INVITATION TO THE NEW TESTAMENT

Photo Essay: The Jewish and Hellenistic Background of Early Christianity

1. An Overview of the New Testament

Key Topics/Themes What Is the New Testament? The New Testament and the Hebrew Bible Language and Literature of the New Testament Other Early Christian Literature Scholarly Approaches to the New Testament Summary Questions for Review Questions for Discussion and Reflection Terms and Concepts to Remember Recommended Reading

2. How the New Testament Was Formed and Handed Down to Us

Key Topics/Themes Formation of the New Testament Canon Transmitting the New Testament Texts English Translations Summary Questions for Review Questions for Discussion and Reflection Terms and Concepts to Remember Recommended Reading

3. The Two Worlds in Which Christianity Originated: Jewish and Greek

Key Topics/Themes The One God, Yahweh The Torah The Divine Promises The Jerusalem Temple The World of Greek Thought and Culture Greek Philosophy Greco-Roman Religion The Mystery Religions Summary Questions for Review Questions for Discussion and Reflection Terms and Concepts to Remember Recommended Reading

4. The Troubled World into Which Jesus Was Born

Key Topics/Themes Alexander and His Successors Antiochus's Persecution and the Maccabean Revolt The Roman Emperors The Jewish Revolt Against Rome Summary Questions for Review Questions for Discussion and Reflection Terms and Concepts to Remember Recommended Reading

5. The Diverse World of First-Century Judaisms

Key Topics/Themes First-Century Jewish Diversity The Messiah: First-Century Expectations Messianic Claimants Before and After Jesus Summary Questions for Review Questions for Discussion and Reflection Terms and Concepts to Remember Recommended Reading

Part II. DIVERSE PORTRAITS OF JESUS

Photo Essay: Archaeological Sites and Artifacts Associated with Jesus' Life

6. The Gospels: Form and Purpose

Key Topics/Themes The Gospels and Modern Scholarship Assumptions and Approaches The Synoptic Problem The Gospel of John Literary Analysis of the Gospels Summary Questions for Review Questions for Discussion and Reflection Terms and Concepts to Remember Recommended Reading

7. Mark's Portrait of Jesus: The Hidden Messiah and Eschatological Judge

Key Topics/Themes Mark's Historical Setting Mark's Puzzling Attitude Toward Jesus' Close Associates Mark as a Literary Narrative Prelude to Jesus' Public Ministry The Galilean Ministry: Inaugurating the Kingdom The Journey to Jerusalem: Jesus' Predestined Suffering The Jerusalem Ministry: A Week of Sacred Time Mark's Passion Narrative: Jesus' Trial and Crucifixion Postlude: The Empty Tomb Summary Questions for Review Questions for Discussion and Reflection Terms and Concepts to Remember Recommended Reading

8. Matthew's Portrait of Jesus: The Great Teacher

Key Topics/Themes Relation to the Hebrew Bible Authorship, Purpose, Sources, and Organization Introduction to the Messiah: Infancy Narrative The Beginning of Jesus' Proclamation First Major Discourse: The Sermon on the Mount First Major Discourse: The Sermon on the Mount First Narrative Section: Ten Miracles Second Major Discourse: Instructions to the Twelve Apostles Second Narrative Section: Questions and Controversies Third Major Discourse: Parables on the Kingdom Third Narrative Section: From the Rejection in Nazareth to the Transfiguration Fourth Major Discourse: Instructions to the Church Fourth Narrative Section: The Jerusalem Ministry Fifth Major Discourse: Warnings of Final Judgment Fifth and Final Narrative Section: The Passion Story and Resurrection Summary Questions for Review Questions for Discussion and Reflection Terms and Concepts to Remember Recommended Reading

9. Luke's Portrait of Jesus: A Savior for "All Nations"

Key Topics/Themes Israel and the Church: Luke's Theology of History The Author and His Sources Infancy Narratives of the Baptist and Jesus Jesus' Galilean Ministry and the "Lesser Interpolation" Luke's Travel Narrative: Jesus' Teachings on the Journey to Jerusalem The Jerusalem Ministry: Jesus' Challenge to the Holy City The Final Conflict and Passion Story Epilogue: Postresurrection Appearances in the Vicinity of Jerusalem Summary Questions for Review Questions for Discussion and Reflection Terms and Concepts to Remember Recommended Reading
Photo Essay: Diverse Portraits of Jesus

10. John's Portrait of Jesus: Divine Wisdom Made Flesh

Key Topics/Themes Authorship Hymn to the Word (Logos) The Book of Signs The Book of Glory John's Interpretation of the Passion Epilogue: Postresurrection Appearances in Galilee Summary Questions for Review Questions for Discussion and Reflection Terms and Concepts to Remember Recommended Reading

11. The Other Gospels: Additional Portraits of Jesus

Key Topics/Themes Contrasting Portrayals of Jesus The Gospel of Thomas Secret Mark The Gospel of Peter Gospels About Jesus' Infancy and Childhood Summary Questions for Review Questions for Discussion and Reflection Terms and Concepts to Remember Recommended Reading

12. The Continuing Quest for the Historical Jesus

Key Topics/Themes Early Historical References to Jesus A Survey of the Historical Search for the "Real" Jesus Renewing the Quest The Continuing Scholarly Debate Some Criteria for Testing the Authenticity of Jesus' Word and Deeds A Nonapocalyptic Wisdom Teacher An Apocalyptic Jesus Some General Agreements About the Historical Jesus Jesus' Teaching About the Kingdom Wisdom and the Kingdom of God Summary Questions for Review Questions for Discussion and Reflection Terms and Concepts to Remember Recommended Reading

PART III. AN ACCOUNT OF THE EARLY CHURCH

Photo Essay: Themes and Settings in the Book of Acts

13. Acts of the Apostles

Key Topics/Themes The Divine Plan of Humanity's Salvation Prologue and Account of the Ascension Founding the Jerusalem Church The Work of Peter and the Apostles Persecution of the Hellenist-Jewish Christians: The First Missions Preparation for the Gentile Mission: The Recruitment of Paul and Cornelius The First Missionary Journey of Barnabus and Paul: The Jerusalem Conference Paul's Second Missionary Journey: Evangelizing Greece Paul's Third Missionary Journey: Revisiting Asia Minor and Greece Paul's Arrest in Jerusalem and Imprisonment in Caesarea Paul's Journey to Rome and His Preaching to Roman Jews Summary Questions for Review Questions for Discussion and Reflection Terms and Concepts to Remember Recommended Reading

PART IV. PAUL AND THE PAULINE TRADITION

Photo Essay: Paul and His World

14. Paul: Apostle to the Nations

Key Topics/Themes Seeking the Historical Paul The Historical Reliability of Acts Paul's Experience of the Risen Jesus Dating Paul's Career Paul's Letters Paul's Major Assumptions and Concerns Summary Questions for Review Questions for Discussion and Reflection Terms and Concepts to Remember Recommended Reading

15. Unity, Freedom, and Christ's Return: Paul's Letters to Thessalonica and Corinth

Key Topics/Themes First Letter to the Thessalonians First Letter to the Corinthians Second Letter to the Corinthians Summary Questions for Review Questions for Discussion and Reflection Terms and Concepts to Remember Recommended Reading

16. Freedom from Law and Justification by Faith: Galatians and Romans

Key Topics/Themes An Angry Letter to the "Stupid" Galatians Letter to the Romans Summary Questions for Review Questions for Discussion and Reflection Terms and Concepts to Remember Recommended Reading

17. Letters from Prison: Philippians and Philemon

Key Topics/Themes Place of Origin Letter to the Philippians Letter to Philemon Paul's Lasting Influence Summary Questions for Review Questions for Discussion and Reflection Terms and Concepts to Remember Recommended Reading

18. Continuing the Pauline Tradition: 2 Thessalonians, Colossians, Ephesians, the Pastoral Epistles, 1 Clement, and the Epistle of Barnabas

Key Topics/Themes The Problem of Pseudonymity Second Letter to the Thessalonians A Disputed Letter to the Colossians Letter to the Ephesians The Pastorals: Letters to Timothy and Titus 1 Clement Summary Questions for Review Questions for Discussion and Reflection Terms and Concepts to Remember Recommended Reading The Epistle of Barnabus

PART V. GENERAL LETTERS AND A VISION OF END TIME
19. General Letters on Faith and Behavior: Hebrews, the Catholic Epistles, and the Teachings (Didache) of the Twelve Apostles

Key Topics/Themes Authors and Dates The Book of Hebrews James 1 Peter Jude 2 Peter Letters from the Johannine Community The Teaching (Didache) of the Twelve Apostles Summary Questions for Review Questions for Discussion and Reflection Terms and Concepts to Remember Recommended Reading
Photo Essay: The Conflict Between Caesar and Christ

20. Continuing the Apocalyptic Hope: The Book of Revelation and Other Jewish/Christian Apocalyptic Works

Key Topics/Themes Revelation and the Apocalyptic Tradition Jesus' Letters to the Seven Churches A Vision in Heaven Signs in Heaven: The Woman, the Dragon, the Beast, and the Seven Plagues Other Hellenistic-Jewish and Christian Apocalypses Summary Questions for Review Questions for Discussion and Reflection Terms and Concepts to Remember Recommended Reading

21. The Judeo-Christian Bible and Subsequent History

The Evolution of the Hebrew Bible and the Christian Greek Scriptures Constantine the Great The Church and the Secular World Shocks and Readjustments Summary Questions for Review Questions for Discussion and Reflection Terms and Concepts to Remember Recommended Reading

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