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The New Testament: A Historical Introduction to the Early Christian Writings, Seventh Edition
Ehrman, Bart D.
Oxford University Press / Softcover / 2020-01-01 / 0190909005
Pastoral Care / History
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Featuring vibrant full color throughout, the seventh 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.


"The depth of the scholarship and the exhaustive content in The New Testament is impressive. The exploration of the New Testament documents from a historical and exegetical perspective is invaluable. Ehrman's writing style is engaging, conversationalist, and easy to follow. I can imagine him in a conversation with his students as he wrote the book."--William Rodriguez, Bethune Cookman University

"Excellent. The book's main strengths are its impeccable scholarship and clarity of explanation. It's the only textbook I use in any course."--Corrie Norman, University of Wisconsin-Madison

"The New Testament draws from a rich consultation with numerous resources, aptly distributed, so that Ehrman gives a nod to all parties, policies, and nuances. His prose style is substantive and accessible and his treatment of theological platforms is respectfully acknowledged. The book's advantage is its appeal to 21st-century students."--Doris Plantus, Oakland University


1. What Is the New Testament? The Early Christians and Their Literature
2. Do We Have the Original New Testament?
3. The Greco-Roman World of Early Christian Traditions
4. The Jewish World of Jesus and His Followers
5. From Oral Traditions to Written Gospels
6. Jesus, the Suffering Son of God: The Gospel According to Mark
7. The Synoptic Problem and Its Significance for Interpretation
8. Jesus, the Jewish Messiah: The Gospel According to Matthew
9. Jesus, the Savior of the World: The Gospel According to Luke
10. Jesus, the Man Sent from Heaven: The Gospel According to John
11. From John's Jesus to the Gnostic Christ: The Johannine Epistles and Beyond
12. Jesus from Different Perspectives: Other Gospels in Early Christianity
13. The Historical Jesus: Sources, Problems, and Methods
14. Jesus in Context
15. Jesus, the Apocalyptic Prophet
17. Luke's Second Volume: The Acts of the Apostles
18. Paul the Apostle: The Man and His Mission
19. Paul and His Apostolic Mission: 1 Thessalonians as a Test Case
20. Paul and the Crises of His Churches: 1 and 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Philippians, and Philemon
21. The Gospel According to Paul: The Letter to the Romans
22. Does the Tradition Miscarry? Paul in Relation to Jesus, James, Thecla, and Theudas
23. In the Wake of the Apostle: The Deutero-Pauline and Pastoral Epistles
24. From Paul's Female Colleagues to the Pastor's Intimidated Women: The Oppression of Women in Early Christianity
25. Christians and Jews: Hebrews, Barnabas, and Later Anti-Jewish Literature
26. Christians and Pagans: 1 Peter, the Letters of Ignatius, the Martyrdom of Polycarp, and Later Apologetic Literature
27. Christians and Christians: James, the Didache, Polycarp, 1 Clement, Jude, and 2 Peter
28. Christians and the Cosmos: The Revelation of John, The Shepherd of Hermas, and the Apocalypse of Peter

About the Author:

Bart D. Ehrman is James A. Gray Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has written or edited more than twenty-nine books, including six New York Times best sellers. His publications include The Bible, Second Edition (2017), A Brief Introduction to the New Testament, Fourth Edition (2016), and After the New Testament, Second Edition (2014), all published by Oxford University Press.

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