Endorsements & Reviews-
"By investigating the themes of defection and apostasy, Oropeza develops substantial contextual insights into the texts of the New Testament, the implications of which exegetes will not want their own research to stand apart from consulting."
-Mark D. Nanos
author of The Irony of Galatians: Paul's Letter in First-Century Context
"Professor B. J. Oropeza's projected three-volume work on perseverance and apostasy in the New Testament is certain to become the standard in the field for years to come, if this first installment is any indicator. The book's great strength is that it is thoroughly exegetical, without attempting to promote established theological agendas. Apart from its rich content, this volume is eminently practical and hortatory, as it calls to mind the possibility of apostasy and yet the encouragement to endure to the end."
author of Studies in the New Perspective on Paul: Essays and Reviews
"What are the boundaries of Christian community? What might it mean to traverse those boundaries, and what are the consequences of doing so? In this clearly written and well-researched volume, Oropeza begins a journey through the New Testament that will take him, and us, through often familiar territory but from the unique perspective of questions about apostasy or defection among followers of Christ. The result is an uncommon study of early Christianity that invites important theological conversation."
-Joel B. Green
author of Hearing the New Testament: Strategies for Interpretation