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Readings from the First-Century World

Primary Sources for New Testament Study

series: Encountering Biblical Studies

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"This book is commendable. Undergraduate surveys in New Testament would do well to include it."--David A. deSilva, Ashland Theological Journal

Though an understanding of the historical/cultural environment of the New Testament is essential for critical interpretation, acquiring such information can be a daunting task. Readings from the First-Century World: Primary Sources for New Testament Study skillfully guides users through this challenging terrain.

The selections are designed as a vehicle to move the learner with little or no knowledge of ancient sources to a basic understanding of the significant authors and texts. Readings from a variety of genres give insight into the archaeological, theological, and sociological background of the New Testament world. Among the many contributions are works by Tacitus, Josephus, and Philo.

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The Authors

  1. Walter A. Elwell

    Walter A. Elwell

    Walter A. Elwell (PhD, University of Edinburgh) is professor emeritus of New Testament at Wheaton College and Graduate School in Wheaton, Illinois, where he taught for 27 years and served as dean. He has written or edited numerous books, reference works,...

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  2. Robert W. Yarbrough

    Robert W. Yarbrough

    Robert W. Yarbrough (PhD, University of Aberdeen) is professor of New Testament at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. He lectures internationally and is the author, editor, or translator of numerous books, articles, and reviews.

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"The authors are to be credited with accomplishing what they set out to do. New Testament teachers will find these books a great resource and their students will find these works interesting reading."--Douglas J. Culver, Near East Archaeological Society Bulletin

"A worthwhile addition to the library of any Christian seeking to understand the broader world in which Israelite history took place. . . . Arnold and Beyer have succeeded in their purpose of making available to the nonexpert a very respectable entrée into the world of ancient Israel."--Michael J. Williams, Calvin Theological Journal

"This is a timely and very user-friendly volume, and deserves a wide audience."--Canadian Evangelical Review