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Product Details

  • Series: The Open Yale Courses Series
  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; Original edition (April 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300180853
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300180855
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #152,207 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dale B. Martin is Woolsey Professor of Religious Studies, Yale University. His previous books include The Corinthian Body and Slavery as Salvation: The Metaphor of Slavery in Pauline Christianity, both published by Yale University Press. He lives in New Haven, CT.


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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 4, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I honestly can't believe i'm the first one to write a review.

So i want to first clarify what this is; Open Yale is a group of full lecture courses available for free on iTunes. They are meant to help educate those who cannot afford university. New Testament History and Literature is one of those lecture series. The book is adapted from the lectures, but the lecturer and author decided to make his book much more comprehensive than the lectures, which were done assuming the student had read class material before hand. That's why buy this book makes sense.

Now to the actual content.

This is, in terms of historical criticism, a center-left approach, if you will. In the lecture series, he follows a book by Bart Ehrman, The New Testament: A Historical Introduction to the Early Christian Writings, and he doesn't take a much different approach, from the critical perspective at least.

The book covers far too much ground to go into in any depth in this interview. So i will sum it up thus; This book is an excellent, effective book for gaining an overview of what mainstream biblical studies considers the Bible, and early Christianity to be. It will perhaps shock fundamentalists (who would be more at home reading something like The New Testament and the People of God Volume 1 (Christian Origins and the Question of God)) and be far to meek and mild for rejectors of the historical Jesus (
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. Rodriguez Cano on April 20, 2013
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After following Professor Martin's interesting lectures on video (an OpenYale course on the web), I assumed this book would be a transcription of those lectures. I was wrong: it is totally rewritten. Fortunately, it follows the lectures' sequence and succeeds in keeping the immediacy of the video lectures. Dale Martin's style and historical-critical approach (what the Bible and other Christian literature meant to the people at the time) make this book very readable. For those interested in the history of that crucial period of humanity -the hundred and fifty years after the birth of Jesus, when the mixture of Greek culture, Judaism, and the beginning of Christianity determined to a great length our Western culture- this is the book to read. (Bart Ehrman's 'The New Testament' has a similar orientation and is also very commendable.)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 5, 2013
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Exactly like the iTunes course, which is excellent. Highly recommend for students of historical critical method of religious studies. Not for evangelicals.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paula Zurcher on February 3, 2013
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Anyone truly interested in the background of the NT writings should read this book. Dale Martin has done excellent research on all the NT. I particularly enjoyed his analysis of "Revelation".
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