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New Testament and the People of God: Christian Origins and the Question of God, Volume 1 (N T Wright) Paperback Book, (Augsburg Fortress, 1992) 9780800626815
New Testament and the People of God: Christian Origins and the Question of God, Volume 1 (N T Wright) Paperback Book, (Augsburg Fortress, 1992) 9780800626815
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Title: The New Testament and the People of God: Christian Origins and the Question of God, Volume 1

Author: Wright, N T

Publisher: Augsburg Fortress; Publication Date: 1992

Paperback; ISBN: 9780800626815

Volumes: 1; Pages: 510

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This first volume in the series Christian Origins and the Question of God provides a historical, theological, and literary study of first-century Judaism and Christianity. Wright offers a preliminary discussion of the meaning of the word god within those cultures, as he explores the ways in which developing an understanding of those first-century cultures are of relevance for the modern world.Contents Volume 1 Preface xiii Part I Introduction 1 1. Christian Origins and the New Testament 3 1. Introduction 3 2. The Task 6 (i) What to Do with the Wicked Tenants 6 (ii) The Questions 11 (iii) The History of Early Christianity 14 (iv) 'New Testament Theology' 18 (v) Literary Criticism 25 (vi) The Task Restated 26 Part II Tools for the Task 29 2. Knowledge: Problems and Varieties 31 1. Introduction 31 2. Towards Critical Realism 32 3. Stories, Worldviews and Knowledge 38 4. Conclusion 44 3. Literature, Story and the Articulation of Worldviews 47 1. Introduction 47 2. On Reading 50 (i) Introduction 50 (ii) 'Is There Anybody There?' 54 (iii) Reading and Critical Realism 61 3. On Literature 65 4. The Nature of Stories 69 (i) The Analysis of Stories: Narrative Structure 69 (ii) The Analysis of Stories: The Wicked Tenants 74 (iii) Jesus, Paul and the Jewish Stories 77 4. History and the First Century 81 1. Introduction 81 2. The Impossibility of 'Mere History' 82 3. This Does Not Mean 'No Facts' 88 (i) Critical Realism and the Threat of the Disappearing Object 88 (ii) The Causes of the Misconception 92 (iii) Wanted: New Categories 96 4. Historical Method: Hypothesis and Verification 98 (i) Introduction 98 (ii) The Requirements of a Good Hypothesis 99 (iii) Problems in Verification 104 5. From Event to Meaning 109 (i) Event and Intention 109 (ii) History and Narrative 113 (iii) History and Meaning 115 (iv) Conclusion 118 6. Historical Study of First-Century Religious Movements 118 (i) Introduction 118 (ii) Judaism in the First Century 118 (iii) Christianity in the First Century 119 5. Theology, Authority and the New Testament 121 1. Introduction: From Literature and History to Theology 121 2. Worldview and Theology 122 (i) On Worldviews 122 (ii) On Theology 126 (iii) On Christian Theology 131 (iv) Worldviews, Theology and Biblical Studies 137 3. Theology, Narrative and Authority 139 4. Conclusion 143 Part III First-Century Judaism within the Greco-Roman World 145 6. The Setting and the Story 147 1. Introduction 147 (i) The Aim 147 (ii) The Sources 151 2. The Greco-Roman World as the Context of Early Judaism 152 3. The Story of Israel, 587 BC--AD 70 157 (i) From Babylon to Rome (587-63 BC) 157 (ii) Jews under Roman Rule (63 BC--AD 70) 159 (iii) Judaism Reconstructed (AD 70-135) 161 (iv) Conclusion 166 7. The Developing Diversity 167 1. The Social Setting 167 2. Movements of Revolt 170 3. The Pharisees 181 (i) The Sources 181 (ii) The Identity of the Pharisees 184 (iii) The Agenda and Influence of the Pharisees 185 4. The Essenes: Spotlight on a Sect 203 5. Priests, Aristocrats, and Sadducees 209 6. 'Ordinary Jews': Introduction 213 8. Story, Symbol, Praxis: Elements of Israel's Worldview 215 1. Introduction 215 2. Stories 215 (i) Introduction 215 (ii) The Basic Story 216 (iii) The Smaller Stories 219 (iv) Conclusion 221 3. Symbols 224 (i) Introduction 224 (ii) Temple 224 (iii) Land 226 (iv) Torah 227 (v) Racial Identity 230 (vi) Conclusion 232 4. Praxis 233 (i) Introduction 233 (ii) Worship and Festivals 233 (iii) Study and Learning 235 (iv) Torah in Practice 237 5. According to the Scriptures; The Anchor of the Worldview 241 6. Conclusion: Israel's Worldview 243 9. The Beliefs of Israel 244 1. Introduction 244 2. First-Century Jewish Monotheism 248 (i) Creational Monotheism 248 (ii) Providential Monotheism 250 (iii) Covenantal Monotheism 251 (iv) Types of Duality 252 (v) Monotheism and its Modifications 256 3. Election and Covenant 259 (i) Introduction 259 (ii) Covenant 260 (iii) Israel, Adam and the World 262 (a) Pentateuch 262 (b) Prophets 264 (c) Wisdom Literature 264 (d) Qumran 265 (e) Other Second-Temple Literature 266 (f) Israel and the Nations 267 4. Covenant and Eschatology 268 5. Covenant, Redemption and Forgiveness 272 6. Beliefs: Conclusion 279 10. The Hope of Israel 280 1. 'Apocalyptic' 280 (i) Introduction 280 (ii) A Literary Form and a Linguistic Convention 280 (iii) The Contexts of Apocalyptic 286 (iv) On 'Representation' 289 (v) Daniel 7 and the Son of Man 291 (vi) Apocalyptic, History and 'Dualities' 297 2. The End of Exile, the Age to Come and the New Covenant 299 3. No King but God 302 4. The King that would Come 307 5. The Renewal of the World, of Israel, and of Humans 320 6. Salvation and Justification 334 7. Conclusion: First-Century Judaism 338 Part IV The First Christian Century 339 11. The Quest for the Kerygmatic Church 341 1. Introduction 341 2. Tasks and Methods 345 3. Fixed Points: History and Geography 346 4. Filling in the Gaps: Literature in Search of Setting 357 12. Praxis, Symbol and Questions: Inside Early Christian Worldviews 359 1. Introduction 359 2. Praxis 359 3. Symbols 365 4. Questions 369 13. Stories in Early Christianity (1) 371 1. Introduction 371 2. Luke and his Stories 373 (i) A Strange Comparison? 373 (ii) The Form of Luke's Story 378 3. The Scribe and the Plot: Matthew's Story 384 4. 'Let the Reader Understand': The Story of Mark 390 5. Synoptic Gospels: Conclusion 396 6. Paul: From Adam to Christ 403 7. The Narrative World of the Letter to the Hebrews 409 8. The Story of John 410 14. Stories in Early Christianity (2) 418 1. Introduction: Form Criticism 418 2. Towards a Revised Form Criticism 427 (i) Introduction 427 (ii) Prophetic Acts 429 (iii) Controversies 431 (iv) Parables 433 (v) Longer Units 434 (vi) Conclusion 435 3. Stories but no Story? Q and Thomas 435 15. The Early Christians: A Preliminary Sketch 444 1. Introduction 444 2. Aims 444 3. Community and Definition 447 4. Development and Variety 452 5. Theology 456 6. Hope 459 7. Conclusion 464 Part V Conclusion 465 16. The New Testament and the Question of God 467 1. Introduction 467 2. Jesus 468 3. The New Testament 469 4. The Question of God 471 Appendix Chronological Chart of Second-Temple Jewish History and of Early Christianity 477 Bibliography 481 Abbreviations 481 A Primary Sources 482 B Secondary Sources 485 Indexes 511 A Index of Ancient Sources 511 1. Old Testament 511 2. Apocrypha 514 3. Pseudepigrapha 515 4. Qumran 516 5. Josephus 517 6. Philo 518 7. Rabbinic Works 518 8. New Testament 519 9. Other Early Christian Works 522 10. Gnostic Sources 523 11. Pagan Sources 523 B Index of Modern Authors 525 C Index of Selected Topics 530
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