The Craft of History and the Study of the New Testament

The Craft of History and the Study of the New Testament

eBook - 2012
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Society of Biblical Literature
Do professional historians and New Testament scholars use the same methods to explore the past? This interdisciplinary textbook introduces students of the New Testament to the vocabulary and methods employed by historians. It discusses various approaches to historiography and demonstrates their applicability for interpreting the New Testament text and exploring its background. Overviews of the philosophy of history, common historical fallacies, and the basics of historiography are followed by three exegetical studies that illustrate the applicability of various historical methods for New Testament interpretation.

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Sheppard (theological bibliography, Duke U.) explains to biblical scholars the many ways that historians approach the Bible. Her topics include theoretical underpinnings, stumbling blocks in histories, historical methods from antiquity to the modern era, and from the late 20th century to the present. Her example applications are clothing and textiles in Luke's gospel, a scarlet woman in John 4, and ancient medicine and Paul's Corinth. The Society of Biblical Literature publishes the paperbound edition; Brill publishes the hardbound. Annotation ©2013 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Atlanta : Society of Biblical Literature, [2012]
ISBN: 9781589836662
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xii, 267 pages)


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