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Seven Events That Shaped the New Testament World

Seven Events That Shaped the New Testament World

by Warren Carter

This useful, concise introduction to the worlds around the New Testament focuses on seven key moments in the centuries before and after Jesus. It enlightens readers about the beginnings of the Christian movement, showing how religious, political, and economic factors were interwoven in the fabric of the New Testament world.Leading New Testament scholar Warre… Read more…

Israelite Religions An Archaeological and Biblical Survey

Israelite Religions An Archaeological and Biblical Survey

by Richard S. Hess

Archaeological excavation in the Holy Land has exploded with the resurgence of interest in the historical roots of the biblical Israelites. Israelite Religions offers Bible students and interested lay leaders a survey of the major issues and approaches that constitute the study of ancient Israelite religion. Unique among other books on the subject, Israelite… Read more…

Jewish Backgrounds of the New Testament

Jewish Backgrounds of the New Testament

by J. Julius ScottJr.

This survey of intertestamental Judaism illuminates the customs and controversies that provide essential background for understanding the New Testament. Scott opens a door into the Jewish world and literature leading up to the development of Christianity. He also offers an accessible overview of the data through helpful charts, maps, and diagrams incorporate… Read more…

Apocalypticism in the Bible and Its World A Comprehensive Introduction

Apocalypticism in the Bible and Its World A Comprehensive Introduction

by Frederick J. Murphy, William Reiser, Alan Avery-Peck and Alice Laffey

Apocalypticism is not a peripheral topic in biblical studies. It represents the central, characteristic transformation of Hebrew thought in the period of the Second Temple. It therefore constituted the worldview of Jesus, Paul, and the earliest Christians, and it is the context in which the New Testament books were written. In this volume, Frederick Murphy d… Read more…

Temples, Tithes, and Taxes The Temple and the Economic Life of Ancient Israel

Temples, Tithes, and Taxes The Temple and the Economic Life of Ancient Israel

by Marty E. Stevens

The temple in Jerusalem was both the center of ancient Israel's religious life and also an economic center for the nation. In this groundbreaking study of the economic functions of the Jerusalem temple, Marty E. Stevens, who worked for fifteen years as a certified public accountant prior to getting a PhD in Old Testament, demonstrates that the temple acted a… Read more…

The World of the New Testament Cultural, Social, and Historical Contexts

The World of the New Testament Cultural, Social, and Historical Contexts

by Joel B. Green and Lee Martin McDonald

This volume addresses the most important issues related to the study of New Testament writings. Two respected senior scholars have brought together a team of distinguished specialists to introduce the Jewish, Hellenistic, and Roman backgrounds necessary for understanding the New Testament and the early church. Contributors include renowned scholars such as L… Read more…

The Canon Debate

The Canon Debate

by Lee Martin McDonald and James A. Sanders

What does it mean to speak of a "canon" of scripture? How, when, and where did the canon of the Hebrew Bible come into existence? Why does it have three divisions? What canon was in use among the Jews of the Hellenistic diaspora? At Qumran? In Roman Palestine? Among the rabbis? What Bible did Jesus and his disciples know and use? How was the New Te… Read more…

The Cultural World of the Bible An Illustrated Guide to Manners and Customs

The Cultural World of the Bible An Illustrated Guide to Manners and Customs

by Victor H. Matthews

In this new edition of a successful book (over 120,000 copies sold), now updated throughout, a leading expert on the social world of the Bible offers students a reliable guide to the manners and customs of the ancient world. From what people wore, ate, and built to how they exercised justice, mourned, and viewed family and legal customs, this illustrated int… Read more…

Bringing the Word to Life Engaging the New Testament through Performing It

Bringing the Word to Life Engaging the New Testament through Performing It

by Richard Ward and David Trobisch

The New Testament books were written to be read aloud. The original audiences of these texts would have been unfamiliar with our current practice of reading silently and processing with our eyes rather than our ears, so we can learn much about the New Testament through performing it ourselves. Richard Ward and David Trobisch are here to help. Bringing the Wo… Read more…

The Gospel of the Lord: How the Early Church Wrote the Story of Jesus

The Gospel of the Lord: How the Early Church Wrote the Story of Jesus

by Michael F. Bird

Balanced, comprehensive survey of the critical questions involved in studying the four Gospels In this book, through a distinctive evangelical and critical approach, Michael Bird explores the historical development of the four canonical Gospels. He shows how the memories and faith of the earliest believers formed the Gospel accounts of Jesus that got written… Read more…

A Cultural Handbook to the Bible

A Cultural Handbook to the Bible

by John J. Pilch

The task of interpreting the Bible — which was written by and to people living in very different cultural contexts from contemporary Western society — can seem monumental. The opposite is also true: people can easily forget that studying the Bible is a type of cross-cultural encounter, instead reading their own cultural assumptions into biblical … Read more…

Christ in the Feast of Pentecost

Christ in the Feast of Pentecost

by David Brickner

This engrossing book will quickly capture your attention as you realize the excitement leading up to this festive occasion and the richness it will bring to your understanding of both the Old and New Testament references.  The authors treat us to the sense of anticipation that "cannot be overstated" as their insightful account of tradition… Read more…


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