Gain a comprehensive view of culture, society, and everyday life in the New Testament era.
Knowledge of the historical, social, and political contexts of ancient Rome are crucial components of accurate New Testament interpretation. Scholars regularly uncover new evidence, artifacts, or events that significantly impact how the gospels, epistles, and other New Testament writings should be read. In The World of the New Testament a team of preeminent scholars introduces students to social, historical, and cultural elements that must be understood before they can become competent interpreters of the New Testament. Forty-four essays are classified under five broad rubrics including the Jewish historical context, Roman culture, the Jewish people in Roman culture, literary context, and geographical context. Contributors Include
- Everett Ferguson
- Lynn Cohick
- Ben Witherington
- James D.G. Dunn
- Joel B. Green
- Michael F. Bird
- Nicholas Perrin
- James Charlesworth
- Lee Martin McDonald
- and many more!
Joel B. Green (PhD, University of Aberdeen) is dean of the School of Theology and professor of New Testament interpretation at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. He is editor-in-chief of the Journal of Theological Interpretation and has authored or edited numerous books, including the Dictionary of Scripture and Ethics.
Lee Martin McDonald (PhD, University of Edinburgh), before his retirement, was professor of New Testament studies and president of Acadia Divinity College. He is the author or coauthor of several books, including The Story of Jesus in History and Faith, The Biblical Canon, and coeditor of The Canon Debate (with James Sanders). McDonald now lives in Mesa, Arizona.
Green and McDonald have designed a work comprising numerous topics essential for engaging the historical context of the New Testament and earliest Christianity, and they have assembled a good team of experienced and emergent scholars, who give concise and informed discussions of these topics. The result is a valuable volume, especially for students and general readers but also for scholars who want to catch up on any of the topics included.
-Larry W. Hurtado,
emeritus professor of New Testament language, literature, and theology and Honorary Professorial Fellow, New College, University of Edinburgh
This excellent book contains a wealth of information concerning the various contexts (e.g., Jewish, Hellenistic, historical, geographical, literary, sociological) in which the New Testament emerged. Since a knowledge of these contexts is supremely important for the interpreter, a comprehensive yet detailed overview is very welcome indeed. Here is a handy reference volume, produced by leading scholars, that every serious interpreter will be glad to have.
-Donald A. Hagner,
George Eldon Ladd Professor Emeritus of New Testament, Fuller Theological Seminary
The depth and breadth of The World of the New Testament will make it a standard work for libraries and the bookshelves of both pastors and scholars across a wide range of traditions. Here in one judiciously edited volume, readers will find ready access to information about Hellenistic philosophy, Jewish history, Jewish and Greco-Roman customs, and much more. The abundance of illustrations, maps, and diagrams brings the material to life. This will prove to be an invaluable resource for years to come.
associate professor of the practice of Bible and Christian formation director, Doctor of Theology program, Duke Divinity School
A number of books illumine either ancient Judaism or the non-Jewish Greco-Roman world, but only a few competently address both. The World of the New Testament assembles many of today's most competent scholars on the ancient world to address in readable language key points for the entire range of ancient sources and history. If I were teaching a New Testament backgrounds course this semester, this is the textbook I would use.
professor of New Testament, Asbury Theological Seminary
This fine collection of essays will surely become a standard introduction to the world behind the New Testament. The various institutions, practices, groups, writings, and beliefs of both Second Temple Judaism(s) and Roman Hellenism are fluently and carefully covered, with notes and bibliographies added to extend each essay. Not only will these studies break fresh ground for more advanced research, but together they construct a richly textured context that will produce a more wakeful study of the church's Scripture.
-Robert W. Wall,
The Paul T. Walls Professor of Scripture and Wesleyan Studies, Seattle Pacific University