The Studies of the New Testament and Its World series reflects a serious examination of the concerns and topics surrounding the first-century Christians and early Christian writings. In this series, the authors establish a firm foothold in early church studies with impactful research on such topics as Christian identity formation, the social background of the ancient world, Paul’s cosmology, and the early church’s use 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.
With very recent studies and top scholarship in the field of ancient Christianity, this collection plugs you into the world of the earliest Christian writers and their audiences. See how the New Testament interrupted the world around it by studying the social and rhetorical lenses through which the New Testament and early theology was received.
Joel Marcus is Professor Emeritus of New Testament and Christian Origins and Duke Divinity School. Dr. Marcus taught New Testament with an emphasis on the Gospels and the context of early Christianity within Judaism. His publications include two monographs on Mark, a two-volume commentary on the same Gospel in the Anchor Bible series, and a forthcoming monograph on John the Baptist. He is currently working on the relationship between Judaism and Christianity in the first three Christian centuries.
John Riches is emeritus professor of divinity and biblical criticism at the University of Glasgow. Dr. Riches served as the Chaplain and Fellow at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, where he taught philosophy of religion from 1968 to 1972. He then taught the New Testament at Glasgow University from 1973 to 2002, with periods as a visiting lecturer in theological colleges in apartheid and post-apartheid South Africa. Riches' major areas of study have been the Gospels and Paul, with a particular interest in the history of reception of the Bible. He authored and edited several books, including Conflicting Mythologies and Matthew in the T & T Clark Study Guides series.