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A publication worth the attention of biblical scholars: The World of the New Testament, The: Cultural, Social, and Historical Contexts.

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I’ve received my copy of a newly published multi-author volume that I can recommend, perhaps especially to „general” readers and students, who wish to have some reliable discussion of the setting of the NT (having read it in proof stage and written a „blurb” for it:

The World of the New Testament:  Cultural, Social, and Historical Contexts, eds. Joel B. Green and Lee Martin McDonald (Grand Rapids:  Baker Academic, 2013).

The topics collectively give a pretty good review of topics that comprise the larger historical setting in question.  After a discussion of chronology by McDonald, there are another 42 contributions grouped into several sections:  „Setting and Context:  Exile and Jewish Heritage,” „Setting the Context:  Roman Hellenism,” „The Jewish People in the Context of Roman Hellenism,” „The Literary Context of Early Christianity,” and „the Geographical Context of the New Testament.”  As „Additional Resources,” there is a brief discussion of „Money in the…

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