New Testament Background and Context

New Testament Background and Context January 22, 2021

Note the sections below: General Resources, Jewish History and Literature, Greco-Roman Literature and Context, Primary Sources and Translationsand Other Resources

General Resources

Dictionary of New Testament Background [<– Click Here]




Warren Carter, Seven Events That Shaped the New Testament World




David A. deSilva, Honor, Patronage, Kinship, and Purity: Unlocking New Testament Culture




Craig A. Evans, Ancient Texts for New Testament Studies




Joel Green and Lee Martin McDonald, ed. The World of the New Testament: Cultural, Social, and Historical Contexts [<– Click Here]




Craig S. Keener, The IVP Bible Background Commentary: New Testament




N.T. Wright, The New Testament and the People of God




Jewish History and Literature

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Shaye Cohen, From the Maccabees to the Mishnah




John J. Collins and Daniel C. Harlow, ed. The Eerdmans Dictionary of Early Judaism [<– Click Here]




David deSilva, Introducing the Apocrypha, 2nd ed. 




Susan Docherty, The Jewish Pseudepigrapha: An Introduction to the Literature of the Second Temple Period [<– Click Here]




James D.G. Dunn, The Parting of the Ways: Between Christianity and Judaism and Their Significance for the Character of Christianity




Daniel M. Gurner,  Introducing the Pseudepigrapha of Second Temple Judaism




Matthias Henze, Mind the Gap: How the Jewish Writings between the Old and New Testament Help Us Understand Jesus [<– Click Here]



Steve Mason, Josephus and the New Testament, 2nd ed.




E.P. Sanders, Judaism: Practice and Belief, 63 BCE-66 CE




Oskar Skarsaune, In the Shadow of the Temple: Jewish Influences on Early Christianity




Kenneth Schenck, A Brief Guide to Philo




James VanderKam, The Dead Sea Scrolls Today, Revised Edition




Greco-Roman Literature and Context

coming soon

Primary Sources and Translations

coming soon

SEPTUAGINTA New English Translation of the Septuagint




OT PSEUDEPIGRAPHA: The Old Testament Pseudepigrapha (Charlesworth)



JOSEPHUSThe Complete Works




PHILOThe Works of Philo




DEAD SEA SCROLLS: The Dead Sea Scrolls, Study Edition




Other Resources

coming soon

Reading Romans in Context: Paul and Second Temple Judaism




Reading Revelation in Context: John’s Apocalypse and Second Temple Judaism



Reading Mark in Context: Jesus and Second Temple Judaism


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