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The Blackwell Companion to the New Testament is a detailed introduction to the New Testament, written by more than 40 scholars from a variety of Christian denominations.

  • Treats the 27 books and letters of the New Testament systematically, beginning with a review of current issues and concluding with an annotated bibliography
  • Considers the historical, social and cultural contexts in which the New Testament was produced, exploring relevant linguistic and textual issues
  • An international contributor list of over 40 scholars represent wide field expertise and a variety of Christian denominations
  • Distinctive features include a unified treatment of Luke through Acts, articles on the canonical Gospels, and a discussion of the apocryphal New Testament
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“WithThe Blackwell Companion to the New Testament highly recommended for its biblical scholarship, The Blackwell Companion to the Bible and Culture seems more reader-friendly but just as thorough as indicated by its ample citations and impressive bibliographies at the end of each chapter. Both books also make excellent reference guides without overlapping. i.e., Instead of presenting approaches that influence our understanding of a biblical text,The Blackwell Companion to the Bible and Culture shows the influence of the Bible on literature, art, music, psychology, and even history and politics.” (Bible Reviewer, 7 December 2013)

“Most of the chapters offers substantial treatments of the topics under consideration, including excellent overviews of current trends in NT scholarship.” (Journal for the Study of The New Testament, 1 August 2012)

"This comprehensive introduction to the literature of the NT contains thirty-eight articles by thirty-four scholars, women and men representing the best of Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish scholarship." (The New Testament, 1 October 2010)

Clear sign of scholarly writing set on engaging clearly with the text of the New Testament. . . This is an objective work throughout, not set on conversion and more set on information and illumination. A work well worth waiting for and, inevitably and praiseworthily, likely to stimulate further inquiry and debate." (Philosophy and religion, October 2010)

"It is admirably structured, apparently comprehensive and upto-date, with one important qualification, in that it covers the academic approach to the New Testament through the historical-critical Method . . . this work is an impressive compilation, an excellent indicator of the range and depth of current New Testament scholarship." (Church Times, 22 October 2010)

“With contributions from an international team of distinguished scholars, this Companion offers a comprehensive orientation to the New Testament’s books, their cultural and religious contexts, and the most important critical approaches to their interpretation. The volume’s greatest strength lies in its masterly compression of the field’s rich history of scholarship. Written with clarity and insight rare in a work of multiple authorship, this is a commendable handbook for advanced students, their teachers, and a broad audience of educated readers.”
C Clifton Black, Princeton Theological Seminary

"A concise and authoritative guide to current critical scholarship on the New Testament … offering 16 sharp and well-focused thematic essays on NT backgrounds, canons, and critical methods followed by 21 chapters addressing the critical agenda for the individual books of the NT,and a wonderfully informative chapter on the NT apocrypha. Sharp enough to engage the attention of seasoned scholars in the field, yet concise enough to whet the appetite of students, each essay makes a distinctive contribution in its own right and offers a select but well-chosen bibliography for further exploration. An indispensable resource."
Loveday Alexander, University of Sheffield

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Meet the Author

David E. Aune is Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins at the University of Notre Dame. He has been a Fulbright Professor at the University of Trondheim, Norway, has held an Alexander von Humboldt Research Prize at the University of Tübingen, Germany, and was the Annual Professor at the Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem. He is the author of several books, including The Westminster Dictionary of the Literature and Rhetoric of the New Testament and Early Christian Literature (2003) and Revelation (3 vols., 1997-8).

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Table of Contents


Introduction (David E. Aune, University of Notre Dame, Indiana).

1 The World of Roman Hellenism (David E. Aune, University of Notre Dame, Indiana).

2 The World of Early Judaism (Judith H. Newman, University of Toronto).

3 The Archaeological Setting (C. Thomas McCollough, Centre College, Danville, Kentucky).

4 New Testament Greek (Christophe Rico, École Biblique et Archéologique Française de Jérusalem).

5 Reconstructing the Text of the New Testament (Michael W. Holmes, Bethel University, St. Paul, Minnesota).

6 The Canons of the New Testament (Leslie Baynes, Missouri State University).

7 Historical Criticism (David E. Aune, University of Notre Dame, Indiana).

8 Literary Criticism (David E. Aune, University of Notre Dame, Indiana).

9 Form Criticism (David E. Aune, University of Notre Dame, Indiana).

10 Feminist Criticism (Amy-Jill Levine, Vanderbilt University).

11 Rhetorical Criticism (Duane F. Watson, Malone University, Canton, Ohio).

12 Social-Scientific Criticism (Jerome H. Neyrey, SJ, University of Notre Dame, Indiana).

13 Socio-Rhetorical Interpretation (Vernon K. Robbins, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia).

14 The Problem of the Historical Jesus (Dale C. Allison, Jr. (Pittsburgh Theological Seminary).

15 The Synoptic Problem (Patricia Walters Rockford College, Illinois).

16 Q: The Sayings Source (Ronald A. Piper, University of St. Andrews, Scotland).

17 The Gospel of Mark (Jens Schröter, Humboldt University, Berlin).

18 The Gospel of Matthew (Dennis C. Duling, Canisius College, Buffalo, NY).

19 Luke—Acts: The Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles (Richard P. Thompson, Northwest Nazarene University, Nampa, Idaho).

20 Johannine Literature: The Gospel and Letters of John (John Painter, Charles Sturt University, Australia).

21 Paul and his Letters (Jouette M. Bassler, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas).

22 Paul's Letter to the Romans (Thomas H. Tobin, SJ, Loyola University, Chicago).

23 1 Corinthians (John Fotopoulos, St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana).

24 2 Corinthians (Calvin J. Roetzel, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis).

25 Galatians (Mark D. Nanos, Rockhurst University, Kansas City).

26 Philippians (Paul Hartog, Faith Baptist Theological Seminary).

27 Colossians (Troy W. Martin, St. Xavier University, Chicago, and Todd D. Still, Baylor University, Waco, Texas).

28 1 Thessalonians (Karl P. Donfried, Smith College, Northampton, Maine).

29 2 Thessalonians (Edgar Krentz, Lutheran School of Theology, Chicago).

30 Paul's Letter to Philemon (John R. Levison, Seattle Pacific University).

31 Ephesians (Margaret Y. MacDonald, St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia).

32 The Pastoral Letters: 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus (David E. Aune, University of Notre Dame).

33 The Letter of James (Paul A. Holloway, University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee).

34 1 Peter (Brian Han Gregg, Sioux Falls University, South Dakota).

35 2 Peter and Jude (Kevin B. McCruden, Gonzaga University).

36 Hebrews (Craig R. Koester, Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota).

37 The Apocalypse of John (David L. Barr, Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio).

38 New Testament Apocrypha (Petra Heldt, Hebrew University of Jerusalem).


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