A. The Greco-Roman World
Assignment 1 (click): Judea-Christian History
B. Judaism in the Time of Jesus
Due: June 24, 2016 (Friday) CLASS PERIOD
References for the Greco-Roman World
Raymond E. Brown, "The Political and Social World of the New Testament times" and "The Religions and Political World of the New Testament Times," in An Introduction to the New Testament, 55-96.
Bart D. Ehrman, The New Testament: A Historical Introduction to the Early Christian Writings, 4th ed. (New York – Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008), pp. pp. 17-35.
Howard Clark Kee, The Beginnings of Christianity: An Introduction to the New Testament (New York: T&T Clark, 2005), pp. 11-61: "The Impact of Graeco-Roman Politics and Culture on Judaism.”
James S. Seffers, The Greco-Roman World of the New Testament Era: Exploring the Background of Early Christianity (Downers Grove, Illinois: Intervaristy, 1999).
Recommended movies: Gladiator (2000) and Alexander (2004).
References for Judaism in the Time of Jesus
S. D. Fraade, “Palestinian Judaism,” in Anchor Bible Dictionary, vol. 3, pp. 1054-61.
Benjamin Blech, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Understanding Judaism, 2nd ed. (New York: Alpha Books, 2003.
ALSO: Pheme Perkins, Reading the New Testament: An Introduction (Makati: St. Pauls, 1994), 23-49 "The World of Jesus."
N.B. class notes on Judaism: