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The New Testament and Other Early Christian Writings: A Reader 2nd Edition

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"At last! A coursebook that sets the New Testament documents in the context of other Christian literature from the same period. Ehrman's collection presents the New Testament in a truly 'historical' way and is a worthy companion to his The New Testament: A Historical Introduction to the Early Christian Writings. Ehrman's collection should obviate the need for professors of the New Testament to assign several books of documents for their courses."--Elizabeth A. Clark, Duke University


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Bart D. Ehrman is at University of North Carolina.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 2 edition (July 31, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195154649
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195154641
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 0.9 x 7.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #312,275 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Let's suppose you already own a satisfactory copy of the canonical New Testament in English, and that you're considering this book for its ADDITIONAL material. In that case, Ehrman's "Lost Scriptures," at two-thirds the price or less, contains the same texts (plus a couple dozen extra texts), with the exception only of Ignatius, Polycarp, and the fragments of Papias.

If Ignatius and Polycarp are too sore a loss for you to bear, use the money you save to grab Ehrman's "The Apostolic Fathers: Volume I" (Loeb Classical Library, bilingual Greek-English edition). If you want a COMPLETE text of the Shepherd of Hermas, you'll need Volume II of the Loeb as well, since BOTH of Ehrman's English anthologies present only "extracts...representative of the whole."
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I bought this book to learn more about the events and issues of early Christianity from the actual texts that have survived from that period. The book includes up to date translations of the 27 books of the New Testament and of 26 other non canonical books which are believed to have been written within a hundred years of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. There is a brief 6 page introduction on the development of early Christianty, followed by the translations themselves. These are divided into sections which are consistent with the order of the books in the New Testament itself. That is:

* Early Christian Gospels - the 4 New Testament books followed by eight others

* Early Christian Acts - Acts of the Apostles followed by two other writings

* Early Christian Letters attributed to Paul - the 13 canonical epistles plus one other epistle

* General Epistles & Other early Christian writings - the 8 canonical epistles plus 13 others

* Early Christian Apcalypses - Revelations plus 2 other much loved apocalpytic books of the early period

Each book is provided with a brief introduction describing the content and purpose of the book, and identifying the purported author and probable date of its writing. The 27 books of the New Testament are from the New Revised Standard version Bible of 1989, while 17 of the 26 non canonical books are translations by the author himself. 8 books are from the Apocryphal New Testament translated by J K Elliott and published in 1993, and one, the Gospel of Thomas, is from the Nag Hammadi Library translated by Thomas Lambdin and published in 1988.

My reactions in reading this book are decidedly mixed.
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I am a big Bart Ehrman fan. I have most of the popular books and text books he has written and I just can't get enough of his historical look at Christianity. Ehrman has a wonderful writing style and has focused his writing to present the context at the time the books of the New Testament and the other writings were written including the traditions of the time, what the authors were trying to tell their audience, where the texts were originally written and what was happening at the time they were composed. Ehrman approaches all of his books as a historian not as a theologian. He states what can historically be said from a historian's perspective. He also states that he is not trying to discount doctrines and dogmas of the church but noting what can be stated from the historical perspective.

I think it is clear that for those interested in a historical perspective, this is the book to buy!
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Why buy a book of readings when you can buy the New Testament and get the selections there? Reason # 1 Bart Ehrman. Ehrman is an exceptional scholar, so the inclusion of his commentaries and translations is well worth the price of the book. Reason # 2. This book has more than the 27 chapters of the NT, and includes some heretofore neglected manuscripts that are not easily obtainable elsewhere (e.g., Epistle of Barnabas, Infancy Gospel of Thomas).
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I meant to review this when it came in, so apologies for such a belated review. My book came in ridiculously fast- I think just three days after I ordered it. The book was in perfect condition and looked almost like new besides the highlighter marks- which ended up being more helpful than anything. I even got a personalized note on the receipt. In short, thanks for offering such a cheap product in such good condition for being "used". I'm going to keep it even though I'm done with the class I needed it for. Thanks!
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