A historical introduction to the New Testament that situates its books in their various social, cultural, and historical contexts in the first and early centuries of the Common Era. The New Testament will be read as an anthology of texts written, edited, and compiled over time by different authors seeking to interpret the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth. In the process, students will consider how the methods of textual criticism, historical analysis, and archaeology inform our understandings of the New Testament and other early Christian writings.