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Jewish Backgrounds of the New Testament

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"Scott has served Christian students well by opening a door into the Jewish world and literature leading up to the development of Christianity."--Paul Zilonka, Catholic Biblical Quarterly

This survey of intertestamental Judaism illuminates the customs and controversies that provide essential background for understanding the New Testament. Helpful charts, maps, and diagrams are incorporated throughout the text.





The Author

  1. J. Julius Scott Jr.

    J. Julius Scott Jr.

    J. Julius Scott Jr., (Ph.D., University of Manchester) is emeritus professor of biblical and historical studies at Wheaton College Graduate School.

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"Previously published as Customs and Controversies, this is a slightly revised reprint of a very useful survey of historical materials for the student of the NT. . . . To be recommended for its cautious approach to controversial subjects."--International Review of Biblical Studies

"This reprint of Customs and Controversies is an excellent one-volume introduction to the historical and cultural backgrounds of early Christianity. The layout of the book is very straightforward and easy to follow. In addition, the table of contents is more complete than most books published in the present day, and it serves the reader well. . . . An outstanding survey of the historical and religious developments in Second Temple Judaism as they relate to New Testament Studies."--Review of Biblical Literature

"This easy-to-read reference is a great help in understanding the New Testament."--Charles H. Ray, Conservative Theological Journal