The New Testament in Its First Century Setting: Essays on Context and Background in Honour of B. W. Winter on His 65th Birthday

The New Testament in Its First Century Setting: Essays on Context and Background in Honour of B. W. Winter on His 65th Birthday

The New Testament in Its First Century Setting: Essays on Context and Background in Honour of B. W. Winter on His 65th Birthday

The New Testament in Its First Century Setting: Essays on Context and Background in Honour of B. W. Winter on His 65th Birthday

Synopsis

On an almost daily basis new discoveries are made that shed light on the New Testament. As these discoveries are published and old material is reevaluated, we get clearer glimpses into real life as it was at the time that the New Testament arose. "The New Testament in Its First Century Setting" brings together an international group of scholars responsible for much of this cutting-edge research. What all of their essays have in common is that they help readers to better understand the New Testament by illuminating its context and setting.

In opening a window on the world of the New Testament, the authors draw on a wide range of disciplines: ancient history, archaeology, sociology, papyrology, and linguistics alongside copious treatment of ancient literature and rigorous theological reflection. These twenty-one studies cover every major part of the New Testament corpus -- the Gospels, Acts, the Epistles, and Revelation -- and deal with subjects ranging from the meaning of one particular word to the setting, meaning, or authorship of a whole book. In addition, each essay uses material from outside of the New Testament to make an original contribution to our knowledge of the biblical texts themselves.

Presenting the state of the art in New Testament studies, "The New Testament in Its First Century Setting" is a fitting tribute to Bruce W. Winter, warden of Tyndale House in Cambridge, England. Produced for the occasion of Dr. Winterbs 65th birthday, the volume includes a foreword by John B. Taylor, chairman of the Tyndale House Council, and a list of Bruce Winterbs publications.

Excerpt

With this volume the editors and contributors join together in honouring Bruce Winter. We hope it will be a pleasant surprise on his sixty-fifth birthday, but, if the element of surprise is lacking (secrets are hard to keep and Bruce has always had a knack for finding things out), we hope it will nevertheless be pleasant.

We, the editors, have all worked as researchers under Bruce in various capacities and for various lengths of time at Tyndale House in Cambridge. In discussing how we should mark Bruce’s sixty-fifth birthday we all felt that in view of his contributions to Christian scholarship — as an encourager of many young scholars, as a creative New Testament scholar, as (longest ever serving) Warden of Tyndale House, and as editor of the important series of studies on The Book of Acts in Its First Century Setting — it would be very appropriate to organise a celebratory volume in his honour. Our judgement was swiftly confirmed by the publishers and by the responses of those asked to contribute. Indeed, Bruce has various networks of scholarly friends, made through his writings and his attendance at many conferences, especially the annual SNTS and SBL congresses. We could have easily doubled the number of essays if we had wished. However, we felt that the appropriate focus for the volume should be Tyndale House and the network of grateful alumni which encircles the globe. Of course we also included some old friends from ‘down under’, but all the antipodean contributors have also benefited from and contributed to the atmosphere of learning and encouragement that characterises Tyndale House (on the good days).

In terms of subject and approach, our appreciation of Bruce’s own contributions to the study of the New Testament in its context, made it inevitable that this would also be a controlling feature of this volume. No text can be understood in a vacuum, and this is . . .

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