This monumental work has established itself as a classic text in the field of New Testament studies. Written in a readable, non-technical style, it has become an indispensable textbook and reference for teachers, students, clergy, and the educated layperson interested in a scholarly treatment of the New Testament and its background in the Judaic and Greco-Roman world. Among its unique features are its wide historical scope, its treatment of early Christian literature in chronological sequence, and the inclusion of over sixty non-canonical Christian documents. This volume, the first of a new, thoroughly revised edition in two volumes, not only surveys the political and religious history of the Hellenistic and early Roman periods, but also discusses the economy, social world, and literature of both the pagan world and Judiasm.
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