Encountering the New Testament: A Historical and Theological Survey / Edition 2

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Studying the New Testament can be an exciting--and intimidating--experience. This readable survey is designed to make the adventure less daunting and more rewarding. The second edition has been revised throughout, including updated bibliographies and focus boxes addressing contemporary concerns. The CD-ROM has been substantially revised to provide a more helpful and up-to-date interactive learning experience.

Other distinguishing features include:

- abundant illustrations, photographs, tables, and charts-all in full color

- sidebars addressing ethical/theological concerns

- focus boxes isolating key issues

- learning objectives and a chapter outline

- end-of-chapter study questions, review questions, and chapter summaries

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801028069
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/1/2005
  • Series: Encountering Biblical Studies
  • Edition description: 2ND BK&CDR
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 285,944
  • Product dimensions: 7.08 (w) x 9.92 (h) x 1.18 (d)

Meet the Author

Walter A. Elwell (Ph.D., University of Edinburgh) is emeritus professor of biblical and theological studies at Wheaton College. He has edited numerous biblical reference works, including the Baker Theological Dictionary of the Bible and the Evangelical Dictionary of Theology.

Robert W. Yarbrough (Ph.D., University of Aberdeen) is professor of New Testament at Covenant Theological Seminary and coeditor of the Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament series.

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Table of Contents

1 Why study the New Testament? 19
2 The Middle East in the days of Jesus 39
3 The gospel and the four Gospels 69
4 The gospel of Matthew : the Messiah has come! 77
5 The gospel of Mark : son of God, servant of all 87
6 The gospel of Luke : a savior for all people 97
7 The gospel of John : eternal life through his name 107
8 Man from Galilee : the life of Jesus Christ 117
9 Lord, teach us : the teaching ministry of Jesus Christ 137
10 Modern approaches to the New Testament : historical criticism and hermeneutics 153
11 The modern study of the Gospels 169
12 The modern search for Jesus 181
13 The world and identity of the earliest church 193
14 Acts 1-7 : the earliest days of the church 209
15 Acts 8-12 : salvation for both Jew and Gentile 223
16 Acts 13-28 : the light of Christ to the ends of the earth 237
17 All things to all people : life and teachings of the Apostle Paul 253
18 Romans : right with God 273
19 Corinthians and Galatians : apostolic counsel for confused churches 287
20 Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon : letters from prison 307
21 Thessalonians, Timothy, and Titus : a legacy of faithfulness 327
22 Hebrews and James : maintaining full commitment to Christ 347
23 Peter, John, and Jude : a call to faith, hope, and love 361
24 Revelation : God is in control! 375
Epilogue : matters to ponder 387
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2013

    Very informative

    I love this class and this book makes it so interesting. It helps to bring Bible stories alive by reading through the history in this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2015

    This book is missing pages.

    The book is missing so much content and pages inside of it and when I contacted customer support they say they can't do anything for me for 1-2 weeks. What a joke.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2014

    it was long, I still have 70 pages to go til 394. Over all it wa

    it was long, I still have 70 pages to go til 394. Over all it was decent. I just feel and think it doesn't go deep into african history or into black hebrews.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2014

    I find this book intensely boring. Honestly, this is the first b

    I find this book intensely boring. Honestly, this is the first book I've ever fallen asleep with in my hands. There is so much to enjoy in the new testament, and this book zaps that all away. There are plenty of other textbooks out there - colleges, please, find something more engaging.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2002

    Excellent Beginners Book

    This textbook, or historical and theological survey of the New Testament, is an excellent introductory source for college freshmen and new graduate students. It is also an outstanding source for those interested in beginning their personal study of the New Testament. It is well written and easily understood. This book is not a commentary, but rather a straightforward textbook designed to introduce, in the clearest terms, the New Testament. At each chapter's end, the authors provide a summary, review and study questions, and a section of suggested further readings. These are very helpful elements. I have only two very minor criticisms. One, a more extensive glossary would have been helpful. Two, the minor hyperbole about Paul's Acts epistle (page 274, first sentence in third paragraph) was a bit over the top. The authors, in all other instances, managed to avoid such puffery. This is an excellent book and it is highly recommended. I did not use the CD, which came with my version; therefore, I cannot comment on its efficacy.

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    Posted January 20, 2010

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