Backgrounds of Early Christianity, Third Edition   -     By: Everett Ferguson
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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. / 2003 / Paperback

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Backgrounds of Early Christianity now in its 3rd edition has long served as the standard introduction to the world of the early church. with 95 mostly new and improved photographs, the book explores and unpacks the Roman, Greek, and Jewish political, social, religious, and philosophical backgrounds necessary for a good historical understanding of the New Testament and the early church. New to this edition are revisions of Ferguson's original material, updated bibliographies, and fresh discussions of first-century social life, of Gnosticism, and of the Dead Sea Scrolls and other Jewish literature. A perennial best-seller and foundational text for all students, it makes a critical addition to any Churhc History of New Testament library.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 648
Vendor: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Publication Date: 2003
Dimensions: 9 X 6 (inches)
ISBN: 0802822215
ISBN-13: 9780802822215

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Publisher's Description

Having long served as a standard introduction to the world of the early church, Everett Ferguson's Backgrounds of Early Christianity has been expanded and updated in this third edition. The book explores and unpacks the Roman, Greek, and Jewish political, social, religious, and philosophical backgrounds necessary for a good historical understanding of the New Testament and the early church. New to this edition are revisions of Ferguson's original material, updated bibliographies, and fresh discussions of first-century social life, of Gnosticism, and of the Dead Sea Scrolls and other Jewish literature.

Author Bio

Everett Ferguson is professor emeritus of Bible anddistinguished scholar-in-residence at Abilene ChristianUniversity, Abilene, Texas. Among his books areBackgrounds of Early Christianity, now in itsthird edition, and The Church of Christ: A BiblicalEcclesiology for Today (both Eerdmans).

Editorial Reviews

Currents in Theology and Mission
"The text is excellent -- rich and amazingly detailed. A standard textbook, it would also be a good addition to a parish library."

Bryn Mawr Classical Review
"This book provides a good introduction for students to the historical, cultural and religious environment of the New Testament."
 

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