- 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)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,456,666 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
New Testament History (Library of Theology) Hardcover – 1 Sep 1969
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"The best available treatment by an evangelical Christian. "--Christianity Today
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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.See all Product description
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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.Read more ›
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His writing is good, but I admit it requires effort in some places. It is well worth it.