Fortress Introduction to the New Testament

Fortress Introduction to the New Testament

Fortress Introduction to the New Testament

Fortress Introduction to the New Testament

Excerpt

The New Testament is a fundamental text of human history. With its help Christianity has shaped the behaviour and experiences of many men and women over 2,000 years. By reading it, from ancient times members of other religions have gained information about the foundations of Christianity. Only for about 300 years has it been subjected to scholarly investigation, often with sharp historical criticism that has confused the church and theology and has become a characteristic of modern culture.

Over this period many issues have been clarified. Today we know very much more about these twenty-seven short writings from a little religious sub-culture in the Roman empire than ever before. Nevertheless, they risk being forgotten - partly because the link with the Christian history which they have influenced has been broken, partly because many of our educated contemporaries come from other religious and cultural traditions, and pardy because the results of historical-critical research are so complex that many people are deterred from trying to grasp them.

Consequendy this short introducüon to the New Testament sets out to sum up as briefly as possible, for anyone who is interested, the most important features of the New Testament. Information is given about each individual writing in the New Testament and at the same time an overall picture is given of the New Testament, its history, literature and religion.

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