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An Introduction to the New Testament

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Some introductions to the New Testament highlight the historical contexts in which the New Testament literature was written. This introduction gives particular attention to the social, cultural and rhetorical contexts of the New Testament authors and their writings.

Few introductions to the New Testament integrate instruction in exegetical and interpretive strategies with their customary considerations of authorship, dating, audience and message. This introduction capitalizes on the opportunities, introducing students to a relevant facet of interpretation with each portion of New Testament literature.

Rarely do introductions to the New Testament approach their task mindful of the needs of students preparing for ministry. This introduction is explicit in doing so, assuming as it does 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.

These integrative features alone would distinguish this introduction from others. But in addition, its pages brim with maps, photos, points of interest and aids to learning. Separate chapters 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.

This introduction by David A. deSilva sets a new standard for its genre and is bound to appeal to many who believe that the New Testament should be introduced as if both scholarship and ministry mattered.



List of Tables

Preface: The Perspective of This Introduction

Using the "Exegetical Skill" Sections

1. The New Testament as Pastoral Response

2. The Environment of Early Christianity; Essential Landmarks

3. The Cultural and Social World of the Early Church: Purity, Honor, Patronage and Kinship

4. The Four Gospels and the One Jesus: Critical Issues in the Study of the Gospels

5. The Gospel According to Mark: Following the Way of the Cross

6. The Gospel According to Matthew: Following the Words of the Messiah

7. The Gospel According to Luke: Following the Heart of the Father

8. The Acts of the Apostles: Following the Leading of the Spirit

9. The Gospel According to John: Following the One from Above

10. The Epistles of John: Painful Breaches of the Bond of Unity and Love

11. A Prologue to the Study of Paul's Letters

12. The Letter to the Galatians: Walking in Line with the Spirit

13. The Thessalonian Correspondence: Living in the Light of the "Day"

14. The Corinthian Correspondence: Valuing Oneself and Others in the Lord

15. The Epistle to the Romans: The God of Jew and Gentile

16. The Epistle to the Philippians: Unity in the Face of Adversity

17. The Epistle to Philemon: The Slave is our Brother

18. The Epistles to the Colossians and Ephesians: Walking in the Light of Christ's Victory

19. The Letters to Timothy and Titus: Trustworthy Management of God's Household

20. The Epistle to the "Hebrews": Living in Trust and Gratitude Toward God

21. The Epistle of James: Promoting Consistency of Belief and Behavior

22. The First Letter of Peter: An Ethic for Resident Aliens Awaiting Their Inheritance

23. Jude and 2 Peter: The Dangers of Deviant Disciples

24. The Revelation of John: Living in the Light of God's Triumph

Author Index

Subject Index

Ancient Titles Index

Scripture Index
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Product Details

Product #: 647268

Status: Special order item

Date Published: 08 Apr 2004

ISBN-13: 9780830827466

Publisher: InterVarsity Press UK

Subjects: Academic Theology - New Testament

Category: Academic - Theology

Size: 25.4 x 17.8 cm