The most wide-ranging and illuminating guide on the subject, perfect for everyone - from Christians to atheists
The New Testament writings are the foundation documents of early Christianity, and to fully understand them we need a broad historical awareness of the wider social, economic, political and religious context that produced them.
Here, Telford paints a fascinating portrait of the Roman and Hellenistic Empires and the growth of the early church, elucidating the composition and content of the Synoptic Gospels - those of Matthew, Mark and Luke. Furnishing the reader with an appreciation of the methods contemporary scholars apply to the Gospels, he also offers an assured, in-depth guide to the texts themselves.
Punctuated by charts and tables, this richly contextualised and accessible narrative is an invaluable starting point for anyone looking to understand the Gospels and the roots of Christianity.
William R. Telford is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Theology and Religion at Durham University. His teaching and research interests are centred around the New Testament, and he has published several books and numerous articles in this field.
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