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  • The New Testament in Its World: Part 1

  • An Introduction to the History, Literature, and Theology of the First Christians
  • By: N. T. Wright, Michael F. Bird
  • Narrated by: Richard Littledale
  • Length: 25 hrs and 27 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)

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By: N. T. Wright,Michael F. Bird
Narrated by: Richard Littledale
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Finally: an introduction that captures the excitement of the early Christians, helping today's listeners to think like a first-century believer while listening to the text responsibly for today.

The New Testament in Its World: Part 1 is your passageway from the 21st century to the era of Jesus and the first Christians. An introduction placing the entire New Testament and early Christianity in its original context, it is the only such work by distinguished scholar and author N. T. (Tom) Wright.

An ideal guide for students, The New Testament in Its World: Part 1 addresses the many difficult questions faced by those studying early Christianity. Both large and small, these questions include:

  • What is the purpose of the New Testament?
  • What was the first century understanding of the kingdom?
  • What is the real meaning of the resurrection in its original context?
  • What really were the Gospels?
  • Who was Paul, and why are his letters so controversial?
  • As 21st-century people, how do we recover the excitement of what it was like to live as Christians in the first or second centuries?

In short, The New Testament in Its World: Part 1 brings together decades of groundbreaking research, writing, and teaching into one volume that will open listeners' eyes to the larger world of the New Testament. It presents the New Testament books as historical, literary, and social phenomena located in the world of Second Temple Judaism, amidst Greco-Roman politics and culture, and within early Christianity. 

Written for both classroom and personal use, the benefits of The New Testament in Its World: Part 1 include:

  • A distillation of the life work of N. T. Wright on the New Testament with input from Michael Bird
  • Historical context that situates Jesus and the early church within the history, culture, and religion of Second Temple Judaism and the Greco-Roman world
  • Major sections on the historical Jesus, the resurrection of Jesus, and Paul's chronology and theology
  • Surveys of each New Testament book that discuss their significance, critical topics like authorship and date, and that provide commentary on contents along with implications for the Christian life
  • Up-to-date discussions of textual criticism and the canonization of the New Testament
  • A concluding chapter dedicated to living the story of the New Testament

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

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An intricate investigation to the first Christians

Wright and Bird take us on a beautiful flight through what historians and ancient literary genius' understanding of life in that first century and how the early Christians first heard the stories of Jesus, and the letters to the church (epistles). This book, and I've started the second one, has continued my awakening of how the first Christians were grappling with their new God-encounters, the people telling them of their own encounters and the general community. Of course in context to their surrounding mixed communities within the oppressive Roman Empire.

Beyond this, they also connect all the writings to what was understood from the literary lineage left from the Jews including scrolls not found in the current common used bible of the protestant church.

The importance of what these two books bring us today cannot be overstated. They are true companions to a bible reader that has read quite a bit around the bible and the characters. The lay person, minister, pastor, priest, learned parent, you name it, you will all get so much from Wright and Bird. Yes, it is very cerebral, and if you haven't read anything on biblical literature, then I'd suggest you do that a bit first before going into this one.

One important recommendation I'd like to suggest to the person beginning to study biblical history, culture and literature would be to get into the Bible Project short video on Youtube. Watch them all, and then go from there.

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