Seven Events that Shaped the New Testament World is a useful, concise introduction to the world surrounding the New Testament. It focuses on seven key events in the centuries before and after Jesus. Carter enlightens readers about the beginnings of the Christian movement, showing how religious, political, and economic factors were interwoven in the fabric of the New Testament world.
Leading New Testament scholar Warren Carter has a record of providing student-friendly texts. This introduction offers a 'big picture' focus and is logically and memorably organized around seven events, which Carter uses as launching pads to discuss larger cultural dynamics and sociohistorical realities that were in some way significant for followers of Jesus and the New Testament. A multitude of photos and maps are included.
The Death of Alexander the Great (323 BCE)
The Process of Translating Hebrew Scriptures into Greek (ca. 250 BCE)
The Rededication of the Jerusalem Temple (164 BCE)
The Roman Occupation of Judea (63 BCE)
The Crucifixion of Jesus (ca. 30 CE)
The Writing of the New Testament Texts (ca. 50-ca. 130 CE)
The Process of 'Closing' the New Testament Canon (397 CE)