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Introduction to the New Testament History and Literature

by Yale University

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Course Description

This course provides a historical study of the origins of Christianity by analyzing the literature of the earliest Christian movements in historical context, concentrating on the New Testament. Although theological themes will occupy much of our attention, the course does not attempt a theological appropriation of the New Testament as scripture. Rather, the importance of the New Testament and other early Christian documents as ancient literature and as sources for historical study will be emphasized. A central organizing theme of the course will focus on the differences within early Christianity (-ies).

Customer Reviews

Seems like a student of Bart Erhman....

Which is a terrible starting point

New Testament historical approach

Carefully balanced and broad introduction to canon and non canon. Enjoyed greatly

New Testament Christianity

A fascinating and thought provoking presentation. I came to the lectures familiar with many of the issues, but not so familiar with the biblical and historical sources behind them. I really valued his textual insights. I only wish he had spoken a bit more on Essene Judaism and the influence it may have had on Jesus and the gospel writers. Is the "kingdom of god" a subjective approach to god, for example? Does it have be apocalyptic?

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