This introduction gives particular attention to the social, cultural and rhetorical contexts of the New Testament authors and their writings. It also integrates instruction in exegetical and interpretive strategies with their customary considerations of authorship, dating, audience and message. This introduction introduces students to a relevant facet of interpretation with each portion of New Testament literature. It features maps, photos, points of interest, aids to learning as well as separate chapters that explore the historical and cultural environment of the New Testament era, the nature of the Gospels and the quest for the historical Jesus, and the life of Paul.
An Introduction to the New Testament is mindful of the needs of students preparing for ministry so it is explicit in displaying that the New Testament itself, in its parts and as a whole, is a pastoral response. Each chapter on the New Testament literature closes with a discussion of the implications for ministry formation.
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Date:March 17, 2010
A great book for anyone who wants to get a better understanding of Scripture and the New Testament world! Dr. deSilva is a brilliant New Testament scholar with a deep sensitivity for spiritual matters. Well-written and fascinating, this book will inspire and challenge you! The first few chapters provide crucial historical and cultural information. Next, deSilva gives readers an overview of the gospel genre. Then, each book of the NT is discussed. Topics include authorship, date, historical context, important themes and passages, spiritual/ministry formation, exercises for better understanding the Scriptures and more. DeSilva doesn't shy away from controversy, either--he presents different points-of-view that help readers learn to think logically so they can critically evaluate the various teachings they may come across during the course of their lives. This book makes a terrific gift for church leaders, Sunday School teachers, and anyone else who is serious about their faith!