Critical Introduction to the New Testament

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This book introduces the New Testament in two senses: it not only provides basic literary and historical information on each of the twenty-seven writings but also orients readers to the religious, theological, and ethical issues related to the message and meaning of Jesus Christ. The overall goal is to help interested readers of the New Testament become informed, responsible interpreters of these writings and thereby enrich their personal faith and understanding.

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A Critical Introduction to the New Testament: Interpreting the Message and Meaning of Jesus Christ

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Overview

This book introduces the New Testament in two senses: it not only provides basic literary and historical information on each of the twenty-seven writings but also orients readers to the religious, theological, and ethical issues related to the message and meaning of Jesus Christ. The overall goal is to help interested readers of the New Testament become informed, responsible interpreters of these writings and thereby enrich their personal faith and understanding.

By giving special emphasis to how the New Testament has helped shape the church’s identity and theological outlook throughout the centuries, as well as the role it has played within the broader cultures of both East and West, this introduction also seeks to assist readers in exercising creative, informed leadership within their own communities of faith and in bringing a deeper understanding of early Christianity to their conversations with the wider public.

Along with separate chapters devoted to each New Testament writing, there are chapters explaining how this collection of texts emerged as uniquely authoritative witnesses to the church’s faith; why they were recognized as canonical whereas other early Christian writings were not; how the four canonical Gospels are related to one another, including a discussion of the Synoptic Problem; how the Jesus tradition––his teachings, stories from his ministry, and the accounts of his suffering, death and resurrection––originated and developed into Gospels written in narrative form; and how the Gospels relate to Jesus Christ as he was and is.

Also included is a chapter on the writings of Paul and how they emerged as a collection of authoritative texts for the church. This chapter includes a discussion of ancient letter-writing, special considerations for interpreting the Pauline writings, and Paul’s decisive influence within the history of the church and western culture.

A distinctive feature of this introduction is its simultaneous publication in two versions. There is a standard, printed version with comprehensive yet detailed coverage of each writing and supplementary chapters on related introductory questions. There is also an expanded CD-ROM version, which gives fuller treatment (and supporting endnotes) to numerous issues introduced in the printed version; provides extensive, annotated bibliographies on each chapter; and includes additional maps, diagrams, charts, and other resources for classroom use and personal study.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780687085699
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2005
  • Pages: 640
  • Sales rank: 812,572
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Carl Holladay is Professor of New Testament at Candler School of Theology, Emory University.
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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Theology and scripture
Ch. 1 The New Testament as theological writings 9
Ch. 2 The shape of the canon 26
Pt. 2 The Gospels : narrative traditions about Jesus
Ch. 3 Relating the Gospels to each other 39
Ch. 4 From Jesus to the Gospels 58
Ch. 5 From the Gospels to Jesus 77
Ch. 6 The Gospel of Mark 104
Ch. 7 The Gospel of Matthew 128
Ch. 8 The Gospel of Luke 158
Ch. 9 The Gospel of John 190
Pt. 3 The story of Jesus continued : the Church's origin and expansion
Ch. 10 The acts of the apostles 225
Pt. 4 The Pauline letters and Hebrews
Ch. 11 Reading the Pauline letters 263
Ch. 12 The Thessalonian letters 289
Ch. 13 The Corinthian letters 303
Ch. 14 Galatians 333
Ch. 15 Romans 348
Ch. 16 Philippians 370
Ch. 17 Philemon 383
Ch. 18 Colossians 392
Ch. 19 Ephesians 409
Ch. 20 The pastoral letters 420
Ch. 21 Hebrews 445
Pt. 5 The Catholic letters
Introduction to the Catholic letters 469
Ch. 22 James 471
Ch. 23 First Peter 484
Introduction to Jude and second Peter 501
Ch. 24 Jude 503
Ch. 25 Second Peter 510
Ch. 26 The letters of John 519
Pt. 6 Jesus in the apocalyptic imagination
Ch. 27 Revelation 535
Pt. 7 The formation of the New Testament canon
Ch. 28 The Christian scriptures : witnesses to Christ and the church's faith 571
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