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The Craft of History and the Study of the New Testament
Sheppard, Beth M.

Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2012 pp. xii + 267. $32.95

Series Information
Resources for Biblical Study, 60


Description: Do professional historians and New Testament scholars use the same methods to explore the past? This interdisciplinary textbook introduces students of the New Testament to the vocabulary and methods employed by historians. It discusses various approaches to historiography and demonstrates their applicability for interpreting the New Testament text and exploring its background. Overviews of the philosophy of history, common historical fallacies, and the basics of historiography are followed by three exegetical studies that illustrate the applicability of various historical methods for New Testament interpretation.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History

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Review by Ken Olson
Published 6/2/2014
Citation: Ken Olson, review of Beth M. Sheppard, The Craft of History and the Study of the New Testament, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2014).


Review by Joseph E. Sanzo
Published 6/2/2014
Citation: Joseph E. Sanzo, review of Beth M. Sheppard, The Craft of History and the Study of the New Testament, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2014).


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