This collection of freshly translated texts leads to a new appreciation of the richness and variety of the religious world within which Christianity emerged as a powerful new force. Bringing together for the first time under a single cover documents from Jewish, Greek, Roman, Egyptian, Syrian, and little-known early Christian sources, the material is arranged to bring out as clearly as possible the ways in which early Christian worship of Jesus Christ as Savior and God both echoed contemporary worship of other savior gods and at the same time stood in sharp contrast to such worship. This revised and enlarged edition contains a new introduction on texts and traditions in late antiquity, a reworked translation of The Gospel of Peter, selections from Ovid's Metamorphoses, plus such documents as Papyrus Egerton 2, Oxyrhynchus Papyrus 840, and The Apocryphon of James. In addition, the table of contents has been expanded to allow easier access to the documents contained herein.
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This collection of freshly translated texts leads to a new appreciation of the richness and variety of the religious world within which Christianity emerged as a powerful new force.About the Author:
David R. Cartlidge is the Ralph W. Beeson Professor of Religion Emeritus at Maryville College in Maryville, Tennessee. He is the author, with J. Keith Elliott, of Art and the Christian Apocrypha (2001). He and the late David L. Dungan published the first edition of Documents for the Study of the Gospels in 1980 and a second edition in 1994.
David L. Dungan was distinguished professor of the humanities and emeritus professor of New Testament and early Christianity at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville until his death in 2008.
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Book Description COLLINS, 1980. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P11000599652X