The World of the New Testament: Cultural, Social, and Historical Contexts

The World of the New Testament: Cultural, Social, and Historical Contexts


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This volume addresses the most important issues related to the study of New Testament writings. Two respected senior scholars have brought together a team of distinguished specialists to introduce the Jewish, Hellenistic, and Roman backgrounds necessary for understanding the New Testament and the early church. Contributors include renowned scholars such as Lynn H. Cohick, David A. deSilva, James D. G. Dunn, and Ben Witherington III. The book includes seventy-five photographs, fifteen maps, numerous tables and charts, illustrations, and bibliographies. All students of the New Testament will value this reliable, up-to-date, comprehensive textbook and reference volume on the New Testament world.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801098611
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/14/2017
Pages: 640
Sales rank: 865,817
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Joel B. Green (PhD, University of Aberdeen) is dean of the School of Theology and professor of New Testament interpretation at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. He is editor-in-chief of the Journal of Theological Interpretation and has authored or edited numerous books, including the Dictionary of Scripture and Ethics.

Lee Martin McDonald (PhD, University of Edinburgh), before his retirement, was professor of New Testament studies and president of Acadia Divinity College. He is the author or coauthor of several books, including The Story of Jesus in History and Faith, The Biblical Canon, and coeditor of The Canon Debate (with James Sanders). McDonald now lives in Mesa, Arizona.

Table of Contents


1. Introduction
Joel B. Green and Lee Martin McDonald
2. New Testament Chronology
Lee Martin McDonald
Part 1: Setting the Context: Exile and the Jewish Heritage
3. Exile
Nicholas Perrin
4. The Hasmoneans and the Hasmonean Era
Larry R. Helyer
5. The Herodian Dynasty
Everett Ferguson
6. Monotheism
Nathan MacDonald
7. The Scriptures and Scriptural Interpretation
Lidija Novakovic
Part 2: Setting the Context: Roman Hellenism
8. Greek Religion
Moyer V. Hubbard
9. The Imperial Cult
Nicholas Perrin
10. Greco-Roman Philosophical Schools
John T. Fitzgerald
11. Civic and Voluntary Associations in the Greco-Roman World
Michael S. Moore
12. Economics, Taxes, and Tithes
David J. Downs
13. Slaves and Slavery in the Roman World
S. Scott Bartchy
14. Women, Children, and Families in the Greco-Roman World
Lynn H. Cohick
15. Education in the Greco-Roman World
Ben Witherington III
Part 3: The Jewish People in the Context of Roman Hellenism
16. Temple and Priesthood
David Instone-Brewer
17. Jews and Samaritans
Lidija Novakovic
18. Pharisees, Sadducees, and Essenes
Michelle Lee-Barnewall
19. The Dead Sea Scrolls
C. D. Elledge
20. Prophetic Movements and Zealots
James D. G. Dunn
21. Apocalypticism
Larry R. Helyer
22. Synagogue and Sanhedrin
Kenneth D. Litwak
23. Jews in the Diaspora
David A. deSilva
24. Noncanonical Jewish Writings
Daniel M. Gurtner
25. Jewish Identity, Beliefs, and Practices
Archie T. Wright
26. Jewish Education
Kent L. Yinger
27. Healing and Healthcare
Joel B. Green
Part 4: The Literary Context of Early Christianity
28. Reading, Writing, and Manuscripts
E. Randolph Richards
29. Pseudonymous Writings and the New Testament
Lee Martin McDonald
30. Literary Forms in the New Testament
Thomas E. Phillips
31. Homer and the New Testament
Thomas E. Phillips
32. Josephus and the New Testament
Michael F. Bird
33. Philo and the New Testament
Torrey Seland
34. Rabbinic Literature and the New Testament
Bruce Chilton
35. Early Canonical Christian Writings
Nicholas Perrin
Part 5: The Geographical Context of the New Testament
36. Jesus Research and Archeology
James H. Charlesworth
37. Egypt
John D. Wineland
38. Palestine
Thomas R. Hatina
39. Syria, Cilicia, and Cyprus
Mark Wilson
40. The Province and Cities of Asia
Paul Trebilco
41. Galatia
Mark Wilson
42. Macedonia
Gene L. Green
43. Achaia
Gene L. Green
44. Rome and Its Provinces
Thomas Hatina
Additional Resources
Money in the New Testament Era
Lee Martin McDonald
Measurements in the New Testament Era
Lee Martin McDonald
Joel B. Green and Lee Martin McDonald

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