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Into All the World: Emergent Christianity in Its Jewish and Greco-Roman Context
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Into All the World: Emergent Christianity in Its Jewish and Greco-Roman Context

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Eerdmans 2017

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Into All the World—the third volume from editors Mark Harding and Alanna Nobbs on the content and social setting of the New Testament—brings together a team of eminent Australian scholars in ancient history, New Testament, and the early church to take the story of Christianity into the Jewish and Greco- Roman world of the first century.

In thirteen chapters, the contributors discuss all the post- Pauline New Testament writings, devoting attention to both their content and their context. They examine the impact of the growth of the church on both Jews and Gentiles, exploring issues such as the diaspora, minorities, the Book of Acts, and the Fourth Gospel. The book then proceeds to a discussion of the impact of Christianity on the Roman state, including consideration of the book of Revelation and the imperial cult. A final chapter investigates how the church was perceived by Clement of Rome at the end of the first century.

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Key Features

  • Illuminates Christian interactions with Jews, Greeks, and Romans during the early growth of the Church
  • Analyzes the New Testament writings in their historical context
  • Explores the theology of the early church and how it developed


  • The Interaction between Ancient Historians and New Testament Scholars: A Critical Appraisal by Alanna Nobbs
  • The Spread of Christianity to AD 100
    • The Acts of the Apostles as a Source for Studying Early Christianity by Chris Forbes
    • The Johannine Purpose and Outline by Johan Ferreira
    • Unity and Diversity in Early Christianity by Bradley J. Bitner
    • “Not as the Gentiles”: The Ethics of the Earliest Christians by David Starling
  • Christians Among the Jews
    • Jewish Christianity to AD 100 by Paul McKechnie
    • “The Parting of the Ways” by Lydia Gore-Jones and Stephen Llewelyn
    • The Letter to the Hebrews by Ian K. Smith
    • Christians and Jews in Antioch by Edward Bridge
    • Divine Cultic Activities and the Early Church by Bruce W. Winter
    • The Persecution of Christians from Nero to Hadrian by James R. Harrison
    • Aliens and Strangers: Minority Group Rhetoric in the Later New Testament Writings by Timothy MacBride
    • The Book of Revelation: A Call to Worship, Witness, and Wait in the Midst of Violence by Murray J. Smith
    • Roman Political Ideology and the Authority of First Clement by L. L. Welborn

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About the Editors

Mark Harding is the former dean of the Australian College of Theology and an honorary associate of Macquarie University.

Alanna Nobbs is professor of ancient history and deputy director of the Ancient Cultures Research Centre at Macquarie University and coeditor of The Content and Setting of the Gospel Tradition.

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