By Delbert Burkett
This booklet deals an authoritative and obtainable advent to the hot testomony and early Christian literature for all scholars of the Bible and a person attracted to the origins of Christianity. it's designed essentially for undergraduate classes within the New testomony, bible study and early Christianity. There are questions for in-class dialogue and written task, step by step examining courses on person works, certain field beneficial properties, charts, maps and various illustrations designed to facilitate pupil use. With this textbook and the Bible, the scholar may still as a result have the entire helpful uncomplicated texts.
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Contents of the Apostolic Fathers Letters of Ignatius Other letters Ephesians 1 Clement Magnesians Epistle of Barnabas Trallians Polycarp to the Philippians Romans Philadelphians Manual of church order Smyrnaeans The Didache (Teaching of the Twelve Apostles) To Polycarp Apocalypse The Shepherd of Hermas Three other writings in this collection are later than the period we are studying and will not be considered here: 2 Clement, Martyrdom of Polycarp, and Epistle to Diognetus. OTHER RELEVANT LITERATURE New Testament Apocrypha The writings of the New Testament and the Apostolic Fathers do not exhaust the literary output of early Christianity.
The one book of Acts in the New Testament is called the Acts of the Apostles, a work that describes the beginning of the Christian church and its spread in the Roman world. 3. The twenty-one letters in the New Testament, also called epistles, were written by early Christian leaders to various churches and individuals to give instruction and exhortation. Thirteen of these letters claim to be written by one man, the apostle or missionary known as Paul. 4. An “ apocalypse” (“revelation”) is a type of literature that claims to give secret information from God, often about the end of history.
THE HISTORICAL-CRITICAL METHOD In our study of early Christianity, some of the writings we will examine belong to the Christian Bible and are thus considered scripture by Christians. Since most Christians are accustomed to studying these writings from a religious perspective, as scripture, it is important to stress from the beginning that we will be taking a different approach. e. religiously, theologically, devotionally) or academically. In the confessional approach, the reader is a Christian who takes these writings as scripture, as a norm or standard for Christian belief and practice.
An Introduction to the New Testament and the Origins of Christianity (Introduction to Religion) by Delbert Burkett