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Part I. Historical and Religious Background: 1. Introduction 2. Jews among Greeks and Romans 3. Religion of Second-Temple Judaism 4. Varieties of Second-Temple Judaism 5. Jewish hopes for the future 6. Hellenistic religion, philosophy, and world-view 7. An overview of Early Christian history 8. The making of the New Testament Part II. Jesus and the Gospels: 9. Introduction to the Gospels 10. The dynoptic problem 11. The Gospel of Mark 12. The Gospel of Matthew 13. The Gospel of Luke 14. The Gospel of John 15. The apocryphal Jesus 16. The quest for the historical Jesus Part III. Acts: 17. The Book of Acts Part IV. Pauline Christianity: 18. Paul, his letters, and his churches 19. Gentiles and the law (1): Galatians 20. Gentiles and the law (2): Romans 21. Problems of church life: 1 Corinthians 22. Problems of church life: 2 Corinthians 23. The imminent Parousia: 1 and 2 Thessalonians 24. Prison epistles (1): Philippians and Philemon 25. Prison epistles (2): Colossians and Ephesians Part V. Judaic Christianity: 26. Judaic Christianity 27. The letter of James 28. The Didache Part VI. Gnostic Christianity: 29. Gnostic Christianity 30. The Gospel of Thomas Part VII. Proto-Orthodox Christianity: 31. Proto-Orthodox Christianity 32. Conflict within the church (1): 1 Clement 33. Conflict within the church (2): Pastoral Epistles 34. Conflict within the church (3): Jude and 2 Peter 35. Conflict within the church (4): Johannine Epistles 36. Conflict within the church (5): Letters of Ignatius 37. Relation of Christianity to Judaism (1): Hebrews 38. Relation of Christianity to Judaism (2): Epistle of Barnabas 39. Conflict with the Roman World (1): 1 Peter 40. Conflict with the Roman World (2): Revelation Appendixes: 1. Lucian on sacrifice 2. The Essenes 3. Jewish Messianic hopes 4. Divine men and their births 5. Apotheoses 6. Miracle stories in the ancient world 7.The infancy Gospel of Thomas 8. The Gospel of Peter 9. The Didache 10: Selections from the Gospel of Thomas 11. Selections from 1 Clement 12. Selections from the epistle of Barnabas 13. Ignatius to the Smyrnaeans 1-9 14. Conflict with Rome.