As the Christian church moved from its inception in an Eastern/Oriental culture westward across Asia Minor (Turkey) into Greco-Roman culture with primarily a Western philosophy, theology, and values, Jesus' message and Paul's teachings began to be interpreted according to those cultural norms. While Paul kept calling his churches back to their Jewish roots and Eastern values, the Jewish voice was lost when the Jerusalem church dispersed as Israel fell during the Jewish Revolt of 66-73 AD. The temple was destroyed, its clergy silenced, and Judaism seemed irrelevant to the growing Christian church. The church had become primarily Gentile in theology and philosophy and its Hebrew foundation was largely forgotten and lost. In Beyond Christian Folk Religion, Beckstrom, brings the reader back to Jesus' roots (Romans 11:17-23) and to the core of Paul's message.
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From Carol Jago and the authors of The Language of Composition comes the first textbook designed specifically for the AP* Literature and Composition course. Arranged thematically to foster critical thinking, Literature & Composition: Reading • Writing • Thinking offers a wide variety of classic and contemporary literature, plus all of the support students need to analyze it carefully and thoughtfully. The book is divided into two parts: the first part of the text teaches students the skills they need for success in an AP Literature course, and the second part is a collection of thematic chapters of literature with extensive apparatus and special features to help students read, analyze, and respond to literature at the college level. Only Literature & Composition has been built from the ground up to give AP students and teachers the materials and support they need to enjoy a successful and challenging AP Literature course. Use the navigation menu on the left to learn more about the selections and features in Literature & Composition: Reading • Writing • Thinking. *AP and Advanced Placement Program are registered trademarks of the College Entrance Examination Board, which was not involved in the publication of and does not endorse this product.
The highly popular Sheffield New Testament Guides are being reissued in a new format, grouped together and prefaced by leading North American scholars. This new format is designed to ensure that these authoritative introductions remain up-to-date and accessible to seminary and university students of the New Testament while offering a broader theological and literary context for their study. In this volume, Scot McKnight writes an introducton to the Synoptic Gospels as a whole, illuminating their distinctive historical and theological features and their importance within the New Testament canon.
This book is a parallel translation from the Greek language.In making accessible through sound texts and scholarly translations some of the more important monuments of Greek criticism Professor Roberts has done a pioneer service for English-speaking students which might almost be compared with the more sensational labors of the explorers of Egyptian tombs. He has discovered for large numbers of readers books which would have continued as unknown as the lost plays of Menander. If a scholar of taste and ability will for the general good submit himself patiently and without evasion to the pitfalls laid for the translator by a technical and highly specialized vocabulary, he deserves infinite commendation for his courage, his candor, and, in the event of success, for his scholarship. Such reward Professor Roberts has earned before in his translations of Longinus, Dionysius, and Demetrius, and in fuller measure he earns it again for this last product of his zealous interest in Greek rhetoric.In the present volume he has given us a careful text based upon Usener's, and he has made what is apparently the first translation that has ever been produced in English. This is really the "feature" of the edition, and it deserves great praise. It is fluent, readable, and a quick and accurate guide to the interpretation of the Greek text. The annotation is more illustrative than exegetical. A valuable glossary of rhetorical terms has been added which will be of much service for the study of other documents in the same field. In the Introduction and also in the annotation Professor Roberts has been at pains, as he says, "to suggest some of the many points at which Dionysius' principles and precepts are applicable to the modern languages and literatures." This confession of purpose it is fair to keep in mind in passing judgment upon the work as a whole.... --Classical Philology, Volume 5
Since Judaism has always been seen as the quintessential 'religion of the book', a high literacy rate amongst ancient Jews has usually been taken for granted. Catherine Hezser presents the first critical analysis of the various aspects of ancient Jewish literacy on the basis of all of the literary, epigraphic, and papyrological material published so far. Thereby she takes into consideration the analogies in Graeco-Roman culture and models and theories developed in the social sciences. Rather than trying to determine the exact literacy rate amongst ancient Jews, she examines the various types, social contexts, and functions of writing and the relationship between writing and oral forms of discourse. Following recent social-anthropological approaches to literacy, the guiding question is: who used what type of writing for which purpose? First Catherine Hezser examines the conditions which would enable or prevent the spread of literacy, such as education and schools, the availability and costs of writing materials, religious interest in writing and books, the existence of archives and libraries, and the question of multilingualism. Afterwards she looks at the different types of writing, such as letters, documents, miscellaneous notes, inscriptions and graffiti, and literary and magical texts until she finally draws conclusions about the ways in which the various sectors of the populace were able to participate in a literate society.