The History and Literature of the New Testament

The History and Literature of the New Testament

The History and Literature of the New Testament

The History and Literature of the New Testament

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It is the aim of the present volume to give an historical account of the rise of the Christian Church in Palestine and of its spread from Jerusalem to Rome, with especial emphasis upon the way in which the New Testament writings grew out of the history.

If, in any measure, the book succeeds in giving a true picture of present knowledge of the matter with which it deals, its reading and study will afford a deeper sense of: (1) the firm historical bases of our knowledge of the character and teaching of Jesus and (2) the vital connection between the New Testament books and the actual experiences of the first-century followers of' the Christ.

It is the frequent testimony of college and university students who are engaged in the historical study of Biblical literature that such investigations give a new vitality alike to the Old and the New Testament. When they see how the Bible grew out of real life, they feel its validity for life today. When they apprehend the way in which the message of Jesus met the needs of different temperaments, environments, and racial heritages, they readily comprehend the more significant aspects of Biblical truth; they also realize the relative unimportance of many of the personal and doctrinal differences over which sincere Christians have contended from the beginning even to the present moment.

The many and startling analogies between the life of the Roman Empire, into which Christianity first came, and that of the Western world of the twentieth century give . . .

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