Ehrman’s prose is almost universally praised as being unusually clear and appealing for undergraduates and general readers. Its historical and comparative perspective emphasizes the rich diversity of the earliest Christian literature, focusing on the historical, literary, and religious milieu of the Greco-Roman world, including early Judaism. The book also discusses other Christian writings that were roughly contemporary with the New Testament, such as the Gospel of Thomas, the Apocalypse of Peter, and the letters of Ignatius. Featuring vibrant full color throughout, the text is enhanced by maps, timelines, an extensive text box program, and more than one hundred photos. An accompanying Instructor’s Manual contains chapter summaries, discussion questions, and a test bank. An updated Website Study Guide provides chapter summaries, glossary terms, and self-quizzes for students.