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How New Is the New Testament?: First-Century Judaism and the Emergence of Christianity
Hagner, Donald A.

Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2018 pp. xii + 211. $22.99

Description: What is so new about the New Testament? Senior scholar Donald Hagner tackles the issue of how distinct early Christianity was from the first-century Judaism from which it emerged. He surveys newness in the entire New Testament canon, examining the evidence for points of continuity and discontinuity between formative Judaism and early Christianity. Hagner's accessible analysis of the New Testament text shows that despite Christianity's thorough Jewishness, from the beginning dramatic newness was an essential aspect of this early literature.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, History of Judaism, Literary Approaches

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Review by James P. Sweeney
Published 7/2/2020
Citation: James P. Sweeney, review of Donald A. Hagner, How New Is the New Testament? First-Century Judaism and the Emergence of Christianity, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2020).


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