The New Testament and the People of God by Christopher Wright

By Christopher Wright

This significant new five-volume undertaking provides a entire, special, but hugely readable evaluate of the old and theological questions surrounding the origins of Christianity

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I take them here in the order in which they have emerged as forces to be reckoned with in New Testament studies during the last century.

Old Testament 2. Apocrypha 3. Pseudepigrapha 4. Qumran 5. Josephus 6. Philo 7. Rabbinic Works 8. New Testament 9. Other Early Christian Works 10. Gnostic Sources 11. Pagan Sources B Index of Modern Authors C Index of Selected Topics PREFACE For some years I tried to write two books side by side: one about Paul and his theology, the other about Jesus within his historical context. It gradually dawned on me that the two belonged together more closely than I had realized. Both were concerned with the historical description of events and beliefs in the first century.

1) Did Jesus actually tell the parable, and if so what did he mean by it? Were there other similar stories of owners and tenants in the Jewish background which help us to discover what nuances it might have carried for his hearers? (2) How did the early church use this parable in its preaching? Was it, perhaps, retold at a time when the church needed to explain why most of Jesus’ Jewish contemporaries had rejected his message? What new impact might it have had in that newer context, and has it been adapted to meet different needs, for instance by the highlighting of Jesus’ divine sonship?

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