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Literature and History of New Testament Times

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Literature and History of New Testament Times by John Gresham Machen is a scholarly and comprehensive look at the social, political, and cultural landscape of the time period in which the New Testament was written. Machen delves into the religious beliefs, philosophical ideas, and literary influences that shaped the thought and writings of the biblical authors.

The book is well-researched and meticulously footnoted, making it a valuable resource for anyone interested in understanding the context in which the New Testament was written. Machen's writing is clear and engaging, and his insights are thought-provoking.

One of the strengths of the book is its ability to connect the literature of the time period to historical events and cultural practices. Machen shows how the political climate, religious conflicts, and philosophical debates of the first century AD influenced the writings of the New Testament, shedding light on the context in which these texts were produced.

Overall, Literature and History of New Testament Times is a valuable contribution to the field of biblical studies, providing readers with a deeper understanding of the world in which the New Testament was written. It is a must-read for scholars, students, and anyone interested in exploring the historical and cultural background of the Bible.

Book Description:
There is a tendency in the modern Church to neglect the study of Bible history. Such neglect will inevitably result in a loss of power. The gospel is a record of something that has happened, and uncertainty about the gospel is fatal weakness. Furthermore the historical study of the apostolic age—that age when divine revelation established the great principles of the Church's life—is the best corrective for a thousand vagaries. Much can be learned from modern pedagogy; but after all what is absolutely fundamental, both for teacher and for student, is an orderly acquaintance with the Bible facts.

The Teacher's Manual, therefore, is intended not merely to offer suggestions as to methods of teaching, but primarily to supplement the teacher's knowledge. A teacher who knows only what he actually imparts to the class is inevitably dull. The true teacher brings forth out of his treasure things new and old.

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