A Brief Introduction to the New Testament

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9780195369342: A Brief Introduction to the New Testament

Featuring vibrant full color throughout, this new edition of A Brief Introduction to the New Testament is a concise version of Bart D. Ehrman's best-selling The New Testament: A Historical Introduction to the Early Christian Writings, Fourth Edition. Retaining the approach of the longer textbook while condensing and simplifying much of its material, this volume looks at the New Testament from a consistently historical and comparative perspective and emphasizes the rich diversity of the earliest Christian literature. Distinctive to this study is its emphasis on the historical, literary, and religious milieux of the Greco-Roman world, including early Judaism.
A Brief Introduction to the New Testament, Second Edition, incorporates a wealth of pedagogical resources including an extensive text box program, study questions, maps, timelines, and more than seventy photos (including two photo essays). A comprehensive glossary contains more than 200 key terms; these terms appear in boldface type the first time they are used in each chapter and are also listed at the end of each chapter in which they appear. An updated Student Website contains chapter summaries, key terms, guides for reading, and self-quizzes. An accompanying Instructor's Manual provides chapter summaries, pedagogical suggestions, and a test bank.

New to this Edition:

* Four new text boxes on fascinating topics: "The Gospel of Judas," "Judas and the Roasting Chicken," "What Did Paul Look Like?," and "Was Jesus Married With Children?"
* A new photo essay on important Greek manuscripts of the New Testament
* Updated content reflecting recent scholarship and discoveries, including the Gospel of Judas Iscariot
* A revised discussion of the Acts of the Apostles, which now follows coverage of the Gospels and the historical Jesus
* A reorganization of material so that the Johannine epistles are discussed along with the other epistles
* Updated "Questions for Study and Reflection" and "Suggestions for Further Reading"
* Vivid full color throughout

Ideal for undergraduate and seminary classes in the New Testament, Biblical Studies, and Christian Origins, A Brief Introduction to the New Testament, Second Edition, is an engaging and accessible introduction that encourages students to consider the historical issues surrounding these writings.

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About the Author:

Bart Ehrman is a Professor and Chair of the Religious Studies Department at the University of North Carolina.

Review:


"Ehrman's Brief Introduction accomplishes in relatively few pages what other much longer introductory textbooks cannot: it tells a compelling story about the emergence of the earliest Christian texts and the communities behind them. The book is exceptionally student-friendly because of its concise treatment of the New Testament and the clarity with which it explains scholarly approaches to the text. Its incorporation of extracanonical Christian texts is especially welcome. Given its clarity, accessibility, and Ehrman's wonderful prose, it's hardly surprising that this textbook is a first choice for so many instructors."--Nicole Kelley, Florida State University


"The overall quality of the text is outstanding. My students unanimously report that it is the only textbook they have that they do not fall asleep reading, and many of them choose not to sell it back to the bookstore at the conclusion of the term."--Davina C. Lopez, Eckerd College


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