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New Testament History (Library of Theology) Hardcover – 1 Sep 1969

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  • Hardcover: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Nelson (Sept. 1969)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0171220110
  • ISBN-13: 978-0171220117
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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"The best available treatment by an evangelical Christian. "--Christianity Today

-The best available treatment by an evangelical Christian. ---Christianity Today --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This book recounts the Roman and Jewish context of New Testament times...the lives of John and Jesus, and the history of the first two generations of the Church. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By Neutral VINE VOICE on 8 July 2009
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Although written forty years ago F F Bruce's New Testament History remains a classic scholarly study of the political and philosophical background before, during and after the ministry of Jesus of Nazareth. In this book Bruce traces, in infinite and objective detail, the context of the Jewish Messianic Hope prevalent at the time of Jesus. He also identified the sources and interpretations of that Hope amongst the various Jewish groups living under Roman rule.

Bruce specialised in the study of Paul the Apostle and there are plenty of references to Paul's influence as an early convert to the Christian faith. However, the book is also a brilliant description of Judaea during the Roman occupation, the philosophical schools prevalent at the time (including the different Helenistic influences) and the Jewish politico-religious groups including the Pharisees, Sadducees, Essenes and Zealots. The political nature of these sects (which Josephus referred to as schools, "after the Greek fashion") was expressed in their doctrine and attitude towards Roman authority. Bruce's own characterisation of each of them is masterful.

Bruce was a member of the Plymouth Brethren but did not share the dispensationalist outlook sometimes associated with their teachings. He also differed on the nature of Biblical inerrancy taking the view that the Bible was historically accurate but not necessarily precise. However, in his view, a lack of precision did not invalidate the historical record. Neither did any passages open to debate invalidate the Christian gospel or its theological implications.
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Excellent work from a first class scholar.
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By josh on 9 Feb. 2016
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quality was fine.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Resource on the Early Church and Ancient History 19 Nov. 2013
By Mary C. Rountree - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an "old" book, 1970s, but it a very well written, highly readable history of the times, philosophies, theology, and everything surrounding Christianity, and how all of this interacted with Christianity. It is very clear and understandable, not getting too technical or lengthy on any subject. Keep a copy of the New Testament handy, because there are lots of references, and you can track the New Testament with ancient history. This is a very good choice for Christians who want to learn more about the history of the early church and the times and places.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's a struggle at first, but better as you go along... 8 April 2014
By S. Osterloh - Published on Amazon.com
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Okay, I had to order this for a class. At first, I had to read everything at least twice. I joked that the F.F. (why can't these guys just use their first name) stood for "you have to read everything twice and then you still won't know what it means. But, if you can stick with it, it gets better. It's a good overview of NT History. I was struck by the things he chose to write about as well as things he chose not to write about. But overall, this is a definitive work.
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a wonderful examination of the years in the history of the ... 3 Feb. 2017
By Ken McMullen - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a wonderful examination of the years in the history of the area of Judea from Alexander the Great through the first century AD. Although somewhat technical, it is a book every Christian who is serious about understanding the cultural context of the Gospels should own.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Source 6 Feb. 2014
By David Anthony - Published on Amazon.com
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This brief overview comes with ample citation and Bruce's own contribution of readability coupled to a formidable command of content. It is probably best as an introduction for someone coming to the subject, and should not be considered definitive. Bruce is not interested in controversy, but this book can serve as a reliable point of departure into more detailed study of New Testament times.
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended to Christians everywhere 7 Oct. 2012
By Obi Tabansi Onyeaso - Published on Amazon.com
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F.F. Bruce places the common history of our faith in its interesting historical place. The reader comes away with a good understanding of the circumstances in which the Christian faith, irrespective of its several variants, was formed in those early days. This is priceless, and should make all denominations more tolerant of the other so long the articles of the Creed are confessed.

His writing is good, but I admit it requires effort in some places. It is well worth it.
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