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Into the World of the New Testament
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Into the World of the New Testament

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Daniel Lynwood Smith
567 g
236x157x20 mm

This innovative textbook grants the reader direct access to voices from Second Temple Judaism and the Greco-Roman World through extensive use of primary sources and research into the setting and themes of the New Testament.
Contents Preface Chapter 1: What is the New Testament? Part 1: The Setting Chapter 2: The Kingdom of... God? Chapter 3: When in Rome Part 2: The Cast of Characters Chapter 4: John the Baptist and other Movers and Shakers Chapter 5: A Virgin, a King, a High Priest, a Governor, and a Rabbi Chapter 6: Joshua the Carpenter's Son...or the Christ, the Son of God? Chapter 7: Learners Chapter 8: The Jews Chapter 9: "I am a Jew" Part 3: Reading Words Chapter 10: The Crux of the Matter Chapter 11: Faith(fulness) Chapter 12: Apocalypse Then Post-Script: Loose Canons Glossary: The Meaning of Words
Daniel Lynwood Smith orients readers of the New Testament to its historical and cultural settings, introducing the cast of characters, and illuminating key concepts by exploring their use in ancient texts. Smith includes quotations from many primary sources including Josephus, Tacitus, the Qumran Community, Pliny the Younger, and other carefully chosen texts from lesser-known ancient sources. These texts are all carefully woven together with commentary, to provide a narrative framework for the material and guide students through the text. A glossary of complex terms is provided, to make everything as clear as possible for the newcomer to New Testament studies. This integrative approach both introduces the key sources to the reader and elaborates on their significance for understanding the New Testament. In an admirably concise format Smith is able to cover the military-political history of Israel-Palestine, the messianic movements of Second Temple Judaism, the ancient practice of crucifixion and the development of the Christian canon.
Through immersion in these ancient Jewish, Christian, and Greco-Roman texts and contexts, contemporary readers take a step closer to experiencing the New Testament with first-century eyes and ears.

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