This completely revised and updated second edition of The New Testament in Antiquity skillfully develops how Jewish, Hellenistic, and Roman cultures formed the essential environment in which the New Testament authors wrote their books and letters. Understanding of the land, history, and culture of the ancient world brings remarkable new insights into how we read the New Testament itself.
Throughout the book, numerous features provide windows into the first-century world. Nearly 500 full color photos, charts, maps, and drawings have been carefully selected. Additional features include sidebars that integrate the book’s material with issues of interpretation, discussion questions, and bibliographies.
“Three important elements contribute to rebuilding the New Testament context: the land, the history, and the culture.” (Page 23)
“One key cultural value in the New Testament is the place given to shame and honor. Life was organized around the accumulation of honor and the avoidance of shame.” (Page 26)
“For the present, we will assume that Galatians was penned sometime near AD 48, preceded the work of the Jerusalem Council (Acts 15), and was Paul’s first letter. We will also assume that it gives us our earliest glimpse into Paul’s theological thinking and opens a window into the first theological quarrel in early Christian history.” (Page 337)
“He defined rhetoric as ‘the faculty of discovering the possible means of persuading in reference to any subject whatever’ (1.2.1).” (Page 128)
“The Hasmoneans consolidated their power and wealth and soon became a small aristocracy ruling Jerusalem.” (Page 43)
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Gary M. Burge is a professor of New Testament in the Department of Biblical and Theological Studies at Wheaton College and Graduate School. Gary has authored a number of books, including Who Are God’s People in the Middle East? What Christians Are Not Being Told About Israel and the Palestinians.
Gene L. Green is Professor of New Testament at Wheaton College and Graduate School. Before coming to Wheaton in 1996, he served for over a decade as Professor of New Testament as well as Academic Dean and Rector of the Seminario ESEPA in San José, Costa Rica.