The SNTW (Studies of the New Testament and its World) Collection reflects a serious examination of the concerns and topics surrounding the first-century Christians and early Christian writings. The conclusions reached by the authors are compelled by the most up-to-date resources regarding such subjects as identity formation, social settings, ideology, cosmology, and the importance of baptism. Seminary students will find these scholarly and well-researched books challenging and thought-provoking, as will pastors and lay-persons interested in early Christianity.
Discusses subjects such as identity formation, social settings, ideology, and more
Up-to-date resources used for these scholarly and challenging books
Sim’s book is a meticulously researched study, reconstructing the Matthean community at the time the Gospel was written. In tracing its full history, he demonstrates that the Matthean community can only be understood in the context of two distinct and opposing Christian perspectives existing in the early Church: the first was represented by the Jerusalem church and the Matthean community and maintained that the Christian message must be preached within the context of Judaism; the second, opposing perspective, represented by Paul and his followers, believed Christians were not inclined to observe the Jewish law. Dr. Sim also reconstructs the conflicts within the Jewish and Gentile worlds in the aftermath of the Jewish war.
David Sim is Senior Lecturer in Theology, Australian Catholic University, Queensland. He is the coauthor of The Gospel of Matthew in its Roman Imperial Context.
Conflicting Mythologies: Identity Formation in the Gospels of Mark and Matthew
Conflicting Mythologies presents a cultural and anthropological interpretation of Matthew and Mark, examining their contribution to the formation of early Christian identity, world view and ethos. John Riches studies what sacred space and ethnicity meant to the authors of these two Gospels and how early Christian group identity emerged through a dynamic process of reshaping traditional Jewish symbols and motifs associated with descent, kinship and territory. Clearly influenced by their Jewish heritage, the Evangelists, according to Riches, attempted to propose a view of the world with opposing cosmologies. The title of Riches book reflects the struggle Mark and Matthew’s narratives faced in trying to make sense of the world and of human experience in terms of a paradoxical cosmology.
John Riches is Professor of Divinity and Biblical Criticism Emeritus, University of Glasgow. He is the author of Matthew in the Sheffield/T & T Clark Bible Guides series, and co-author of The Synoptic Gospels.
In The Social Ethos, David Horrell offers an exemplary study of how sociological perspectives can be used in New Testament studies. The focus of these studies is the Corinthian letters written by Paul and Clement’s letter written from Rome to Corinth near the end of the first century. These letters provide a rich example of the social ethos of early Christian teaching and its development. It lifts the roof off the Corinthian church, allowing an assessment of how Pauline Christianity shaped relationships within the Christian community and how those relationships changed over time, as expressed in Clement’s letter.
David Horrell is Lecturer in New Testament Studies in the Department of Theology, University of Exeter. He is the author of Solidarity and Difference: A Contemporary Reading of Paul’s Ethics.
Renewal through Suffering: A Study of 2 Corinthians
Paul’s opening remarks in his second letter to the Corinthian church make reference to certain troubles or problems he faced (problems which could possibly lead to imminent death from either an illness or persecution). Harvey uses these references as a springboard to understanding the profound but difficult language found in this epistle. He begins by exploring the social, economic and religious consequences of illness or disability in antiquity. Paul uses his malady as an opportunity to present a new understanding of suffering for the first-century Christian. The remainder of Harvey’s book acts as a running commentary on this biographical approach to understanding 2 Corinthians.
A. E. Harvey was a Lecturer in Theology at the University of Oxford and a former Canon of Westminster. He is the author of Companion to the New Testament.
Constructing the World: A Study in Paul’s Cosmological Language
Dr. Adams focuses, in this ground-breaking study, on Paul’s understanding and use of the cosmological concepts ‘world’ and ‘creation’. He confronts this study by using current disciplines, such as critical linguistics, to understand the differing perspectives on the world found in 1 Corinthians and Romans by examining Paul’s historical and social context.
Edward Adams is Lecturer in New Testament, King’s College, University of London. He has taught widely in the field of New Testament and early Christianity and currently teaches undergraduate courses on Paul in Context, New Testament eschatology and Colossians in Greek. At MA level, he co-ordinates and is the principal teacher for the foundational course of the MA in Biblical Studies. He is the author of Christianity at Corinth and The Stars will Fall from the Heaven.
Meggitt examines the economic and social life of Pauline churches. His work presents to us the lives and minds of the earliest Christians and contributes to our understanding of the origins of Christianity. He further explores the nature of the Roman economy and the lives of those living in the first-century Mediterranean world. Some of the aspects he focuses on are: employment, nutrition, clothing and housing. In disclosing the Pauline church’s strategies for survival, Meggitt is able to draw on many background sources for the first time in this kind of study.
Justin Meggitt has been a British Academy Research Fellow in the Faculty of Divinity, and Fellow Commoner of Jesus College, University of Cambridge. He joined the Institute of Continuing Education at Cambridge in 2004. He is most interested in early Christianity in its social context. He is the author of the chapter Sources: Use, Abuse and Neglect in Christianity at Corinth: The Scholarly Quest for the Corinthian Church.
Into the Name of the Lord Jesus: Baptism in the Early Church
Here, Dr. Hartman examines all New Testament passages which contain allusions to baptism. He discusses the variations and relative importance of these passages and includes a look at two documents from the Apostolic Fathers that shed further light on this subject for the early Christian. One of the particular motifs Hartman discovers is baptism’s relation to Christ. It is baptism into the name of the Lord Jesus that represents the fundamental reference point in this early Christian rite. It is this Name that gives baptism its significance and meaning.
Lars Hartman is Professor Emeritus of New Testament at the University of Uppsala, Sweden. He is the author of Asking for a Meaning: A Study of 1 Enoch 1-5 and Text-Centered New Testament Studies.
Title: SNTW Collection (7 vols.)
Editors: John Barclay, Joel Marcus and John Riches