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The Making of the New Testament Documents [Paperback]

By E. Earle Ellis (Author)
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Pages   517
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.16" Width: 6.08" Height: 1.16"
Weight:   1.61 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 1, 2002
Publisher   Brill Academic Publishers
ISBN  0391041681  
EAN  9780391041684  

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Do we "really" know who wrote the New Testament documents? Do we really know "when" they were written? Scholars have long debated these fundamental questions. This volume identifies and investigates literary traditions and their implications for the authorship and dating of the Gospels and the letters of the New Testament. Departing from past scholarship, E. Earle Ellis argues that the Gospels and the letters are products of the corporate authorship of four allied apostolic missions and not just the creation of individual authors. The analysis of literary traditions also has implications for the dating of New Testament documents. Providing a critique of the current critical orthodoxy with respect to the dating of New Testament documents, Ellis weighs the patristic traditions more heavily and more critically than has been done in the past. Ellis's new reconstruction of the origin of the New Testament documents provides better answers than have been previously proposed to a number of critical questions. Ellis provides a comprehensive historical reconstruction of the process by which the gospel message became the Gospel books. His arguments, if persuasive, will require a reassessment of the history of early Christianity. Please note that "The Making of the New Testament Documents" was previously published by Brill in hardback, ISBN 90 04 11332 0 (no longer available).

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! E. Earle Ellis, is Research Professor of Theology, Southwestern Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas, has authored The Old Testament in Early Christianity (1992), Paul's Use of the Old Testament (1991), and Prophecy and Hermeneutic (1993).

E. Earle Ellis currently resides in the state of Texas.

E. Earle Ellis has published or released items in the following series...
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Magnificient work  Jan 15, 2006
The book is based on several years of research; fresh and insightful. Dr. Ellis introduces the reader to the development of the New Testament Canon. He argues forcefully that, from the beginning, the early church accepted the books of the NT as Scriptures. The NT Documents were widely circulated in various Christian circles in the first century. For instance, Jesus' teachings were likely accepted at an earlier period. For, "They were of necessity used by his apostles in their 'kingdom of God' missions since it was his message and not their own that they preached" (34).

Prof. Ellis insists that from the earliest time, apostolic traditions were orally communicated, written, and transmitted by the apostles themselves. Such elements contribute heavily to the formation of the New Testament Corpus; particularly the four Gospels. The authenticity and authority of such documents were no doubt accepted as the "Word of God" by the earliest Church. (1)" Both the Gospels and the New Testament letters are attributed to persons in the same or related apostolic circles. (2) Both are, in part, products of a corporate enterprise in which an apostolic figure as the leading contributor and overseer is aided by and uses traditions composed by others. (3) Both give indications that their traditions were composed by the same or related circles of highly gifted pneumatics, that is, apostles, prophets and teachers" (Ellis, 33).

We can comfortably trust the New Testament and embrace it as the Word of God; not because scholars declare it to be so. God inspired fallible men to write "The Infallible Word." It has God for its origin and Author. The providence of God guided and preserved the entire process. That is, the formation, development, and transmission of the NT Documents.
The Next Logical Step  Dec 12, 2002
E. Earle Ellis, in this comprehensive volume, sets forth criteria for finding "Pre-formed traditions" in the New Testament. This is merely the logical outworking of twentieth-century NT scholarship. He follows Jeremias, Brown and a host of others in identifying "hymns" and other pre-formed pieces in the NT, which as Ellis claims stems from four missions. This book is another in Ellis' small collection of essays/books which focus upon literary criticism. His views on Midrash have been rightfully dismissed by many scholars. There is very little new in this book (he even reprints a few older essays) but I suppose it is a good synthesis of conservative NT scholarship. It must be read critically.
Outstanding  Jan 24, 2000
Dr. Ellis, research professor of Theology at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, is outstanding in this volume. He has brought more credit back to American theologians. He is well respected in Europe (mostly Germany where he studied) as well he should be. This work is the total sum of important background as to the formation (author, date, recipients, and purpose) of ALL of the New Testament Books. A must for any pastor, preacher, teacher, or general student of the Bible. A word of warning, this is not for the casual reader of the Bible. Have a background in formal theological education (such as Greek, Hebrew, Theology, etc. . .) or have a very good ability to look up words in a dictionary. This book is nothing less than stupendous. If you care at all about academic study of the Word, this book is cheap! You must buy it. Sell any books you have to get it! Also, buy his book "Christ and the Future" it is less money, barely, but a good buy too!

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