An Introduction to the New Testament focuses on "special introduction" that is historical questions dealing with authorship, date, sources, purpose, destination, and the like. This approach stands in contrast to recent texts that concentrate more on literary form, rhetorical criticism, and historical parallels; topics the authors don't minimize, but instead think are better given extended treatment in exegesis courses. By refocusing on the essentials, this introduction ensures that the New Testament books will be accurately understood within historical settings. For each New Testament document, the authors also provide a substantial summary of that book's content, discuss the book's theological contribution to the overall canon, and give an account of current studies on that book, including recent literary and social-science approaches to interpretation. This second edition reflects significant revision and expansion from the original such as: a new chapter provides a historical survey examining Bible study method through the ages, the chapter on Paul has been expanded to include an analysis of debates on the "new perspective", and the discussion of New Testament epistles has been expanded to form a new chapter.
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Review 1 for Introduction to the New Testament Second Edition
Date:April 20, 2010
As a layman that never have any formal education in religion, this book gave me a deep understanding in New Testament.
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Review 2 for Introduction to the New Testament Second Edition
Date:October 27, 2009
Excellent text book on the 1st century church and apostalic fathers who were instrumental in developing the doctrines that help us to better understand scripture as we grow and develop a better way to get inside the word.
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Review 3 for Introduction to the New Testament Second Edition
Date:September 17, 2007
This book is a very valuable resource. It is not just for the seminary student but rather for anybody that is interested in having a good understanding of each book in the New Testament. Remember, this is not a commentary but rather an overview of historical data. There are times that the authors will exegetically explain passages, but thats not the purpose of the book. It is a great compliment to a well written commentary or good for students in NT survey classes.