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The New Testament in Its Literary Environment (Library of Early Christianity) Paperback – January 1, 1985
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David E. Aune is Walter Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins at the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Indiana. He is the author of numerous books and articles on the New Testament and early Christianity.
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He also discusses the literary format of ancient letters as they relate to the letters of the New Testament. But I wish he would have focused more on how unique the NT letters are and how Paul's letters were far more profound (and longer) than the average ancient letter.
He also discusses the book of Revelation, and how this letter reflects other Jewish apocalyptic writings, and yet differs from them in other ways. One may disagree with the number of late dates Aune assigns some of the NT documents (for example, assigning 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus to the year 125 AD, 60 years after Paul died). But the book is still a solid entry in the Library of Early of Christianity series.
I should add though, that this isn't the easiest book in the world to read, certainly not as easy as Shaye Cohen's contribution to this serie. It is definitely geared more for the seminarian or the educated laymen.