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Patient Ferment of the Early Church the Improbable Rise of Christianity in the Roman Empire

Patient Ferment of the Early Church the Improbable Rise of Christianity in the Roman Empire
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How and why did the early church grow in the first four hundred years despite disincentives, harassment, and occasional persecution? In this unique historical study, veteran scholar Alan Kreider delivers the fruit of a lifetime of study as he tells the amazing story of the spread of Christianity in the Roman Empire. Challenging traditional understandings, Kreider contends the church grew because the virtue of patience was of central importance in the life and witness of the early Christians. They wrote about patience, not evangelism, and reflected on prayer, catechesis, and worship, yet the church grew--not by specific strategies but by patient ferment.
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PAUL UNBOUND OP!!

PAUL UNBOUND OP!!
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This book offers advanced undergraduates, graduate students, and interested laypeople an introduction to a wide range of approaches to Paul that are relevant to, yet go beyond, traditional theological and historical concerns.
Beginning with Warren Carter's observations on Paul's primary interactions being with Rome, rather than with the followers of Jesus or first-century Jews, and moving through Steven Friesen's argument for a different picture of Paul as activist and Mark Nanos's challenge to prevailing interpretations of 1 Corinthians 9 and Paul's observance of "the law," leading New Testament scholars provide helpful surveys of the field and offer new insights and possibilities for further research.
An excellent supplement to standard textbooks, each chapter of this compilation offers suggestions for further reading. The book also includes indices of modern authors, subjects, and ancient sources.
CONTRIBUTORS
Warren Carter, "Paul and the Roman Empire: Recent Perspectives"
Steven J. Friesen, "Paul and Economics: The Jerusalem Collection as an Alternative to Patronage"
Jerry L. Sumney, "Paul and His Opponents: The Search"
Charles H. Cosgrove, "Paul and Ethnicity: A Selective History of Interpretation"
A. Andrew Das, "Paul and the Law: Pressure Points in the Debate"
Mark D. Nanos, "Paul and Judaism: Why not Paul's Judaism?"
Deborah Krause, "Paul and Women: Telling Women to Shut Up Is More Complicated than You Might Think"
Mark D. Given, "Paul and Rhetoric: A Sophos in the Kingdom of God"
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January 1, 2009

Prayer & Agriculture Traditions of the Rabbis from the Era of the New Testament Volume 1 OP!

Prayer & Agriculture Traditions of the Rabbis from the Era of the New Testament Volume 1 OP!
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Foreword by Birger Gerhardsson Traditions of the Rabbis from the Era of the New Testament (TRENT) is a major new six-volume work of scholarship that provides an exhaustive collection of early rabbinic traditions and commentary on their relevance to the New Testament. Focusing on 63 rabbinic traditions central to ancient Jewish life, David Instone-Brewer's massive study provides significant insights into Jewish thought and practice prior to the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 C.E. For each rabbinic tradition considered, the supporting Hebrew source text is provided side by side with an English translation. Instone-Brewer also presents evidence that exists for accurately dating these rabbinic sources -- a critical task recently advanced by modern dating techniques. He goes on to thoroughly discuss the meaning and importance of each rabbinic tradition for Second Temple Judaism, also analyzing any echoes or direct appearances of the tradition in the New Testament writings. In this first TRENT volume, Instone-Brewer examines texts relating to prayer and agriculture. The first section includes texts dealing with when and how to recite the Shema, the Eighteen Benedictions, and other blessings and prayers. The second section contains texts on a wide variety of considerations related to agriculture, such as the "leftovers" to which the poor were entitled, tithing, "mixed" foods and other products, Sabbath Year activities, offerings, and so on. Sure to be a standard reference work for students of both Judaism and Christianity, TRENT provides for the first time a ready resource on rabbinic traditions originating in the New Testament era. Features of TRENT Discusses 63 tractates that illuminate ancient Jewish life Follows the traditional order of subject divisions in the Mishnah Presents Hebrew/Aramaic texts in parallel with a literal English translation and notes on variants Provides dating evidence along with degree of certainty Offers commentary on the meaning and significance of rabbinic traditions in Second Temple Judaism Highlights the presence of rabbinic traditions in the New Testament writings Includes a full glossary of rabbinic terminology
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November 1, 2004

Reading Romans in Context Paul & Second Temple Judaism

Reading Romans in Context Paul & Second Temple Judaism
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Readers of Paul today are more than ever aware of the importance of interpreting Paul’s letters in their Jewish context. In Reading Romans in Context a team of Pauline scholars go beyond a general introduction that surveys historical events and theological themes and explore Paul’s letter to the Romans in light of Second Temple Jewish literature.

In this non-technical collection of short essays, beginning and intermediate students are given a chance to see firsthand what makes Paul a distinctive thinker in relation to his Jewish contemporaries. Following the narrative progression of Romans, each chapter pairs a major unit of the letter with one or more thematically related Jewish text, introduces and explores the theological nuances of the comparative text, and shows how these ideas illuminate our understanding of the book of Romans.

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Religious Context of Early Christianity a Guide to Graeco Roman Religions NR

Religious Context of Early Christianity a Guide to Graeco Roman Religions NR
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Klauck's is a uniquely well-informed and comprehensive guide to the world of religion in the Graeco-Roman environment of early Christianity. Drawing on the most up-to-date scholarship, his volume paints a carefully nuanced portrait of the Christians' religious context. Besides describing ordinary domestic and civic religion and popular belief (including astrology, divination and "magic"), there is extended discussion of mystery cults, ruler and emperor cults, the religious dimensions of philosophy, and Gnosticism. An authoritative work, Klauck's will become a new standard for reference and teaching.
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SLAVERY IN EARLY CHRISTIANITY

SLAVERY IN EARLY CHRISTIANITY
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This is the first paperback edition of the enlightening Oxford University hardcover published in 2002. Glancy here situates early Christian slavery in its broader cultural setting, arguing that modern scholars have consistently underestimated the pervasive impact of slavery on the institutional structures, ideologies, and practices of the early churches - and upon the bodies of the enslaved. Her careful attention to the bodily experience of subjection and violation that constituted slavery makes this an indispensable book for anyone interested in slavery in early Christianity. Includes special chapters on Jesus and Paul.
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The Jewish People in Classical Antiquity: From Alexander to Bar Kochba

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John Hayes and Sara Mandell provide a clear exposition of Jewish history from 333 BCE to 135 CE. This volume focuses on the Judean-Jerusalem community from a historical rather than ideological or theological perspective. With the inclusion of charts, maps, and ancient texts, the authors have constructed a fascinating account that is indispensable for the study of this crucial period.

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January 1, 1900

The Kregel Pictorial Guide to the Life of Jesus (The Kregel Pictorial Guide Series)

The Kregel Pictorial Guide to the Life of Jesus (The Kregel Pictorial Guide Series)
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This four-color, illustrated guide gives at-a-glance information on Jesus' life and its significance for Christians today.
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The New Testament in Antiquity: A Survey of the New Testament within Its Cultural Context

The New Testament in Antiquity: A Survey of the New Testament within Its Cultural Context
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The New Testament in Antiquity is a textbook for college and seminary students penned by three evangelical scholars with over fifty years of combined experience in the classroom. Their challenge was to build a text that would be engaging, academically robust, richly illustrated, and relevant to the modern student. This book strikes a balance between being accessible to all students and challenging them to explore the depths of the New Testament within its cultural worlds.The New Testament in Antiquity carefully develops how Jewish and Hellenistic cultures formed the essential environment in which the New Testament authors wrote their books and letters. It argues that knowing the land, history, and culture of this world brings remarkable new insights into how we read the New Testament itself. Numerous sidebars provide windows into the Jewish, Hellenistic, and Roman worlds and integrate this material directly with the interpretation of the literature of the New Testament. This is an ideal introductory text for classroom use, with ample discussion questions and bibliographies.
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The Outpouring: Jesus in the Feasts of Israel

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The Outpouring is in keeping with a central commitment of The Friends of Israel to view Scripture through the prism of the cultural, historical setting in which it was cast by the Holy Spirit.John's Gospel, in its treatment of the interaction between the Messiah and Israel's great feasts, gives us a magnificent exposure to this pattern.The Outpouring will enhance your understanding of how the Lord certified the credentials of our Jewish Messiah among Abraham's seed and in relationship to the great festive commemorations of the Jewish nation.
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November 1, 1990