Introducing the New Testament: A Short Guide to Its History and Message

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Abridgement of An Introduction to the Old Testament. This abridged edition of an established major textbook brings the best of New Testament scholarship to the church and makes it accessible to the average reader.

This book focuses on historical questions dealing with authorship, date, sources, purpose, and destination of the New Testament books. By focusing on the essentials, the authors ensure that each book is accurately understood within its historical settings. For each New...

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Overview

Abridgement of An Introduction to the Old Testament. This abridged edition of an established major textbook brings the best of New Testament scholarship to the church and makes it accessible to the average reader.

This book focuses on historical questions dealing with authorship, date, sources, purpose, and destination of the New Testament books. By focusing on the essentials, the authors ensure that each book is accurately understood within its historical settings. For each New Testament document, the authors also provide a summary of that book’s content and discuss the book’s theological contribution to the overall canon.

This abridgement includes questions at the end of each chapter to facilitate group discussion and personal review. It will help a new generation of students and church leaders better grasp the message of the New Testament

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780310291497
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Publication date: 3/1/2010
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 359,894
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

D. A. Carson (PhD, University of Cambridge) is research professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. He is the author or coauthor of over 50 books, including the Gold Medallion Award-winning book The Gagging of God and An Introduction to the New Testament. He is general editor of Telling the Truth: Evangelizing Postmoderns and Worship by the Book. He has served as a pastor and is an active guest lecturer in church and academic settings around the world.

Douglas Moo (PhD, University of St. Andrews) is the Blanchard Professor of New Testament at Wheaton College. His work centers on understanding the text of the New Testament and its application today. He has written extensively in several commentary series, including the NIV Application Commentary, Pillar Commentary, Tyndale New Testament Commentary, and the New International Commentary on the New Testament.

Andrew David Naselli (PhD, Bob Jones University; PhD, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is research manager for D. A. Carson and administrator of the journal Themelios. He has taught New Testament Greek at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and he currently teaches exegesis and theology as adjunct faculty at several seminaries. He is the author of Let Go and Let God? A Survey and Analysis of Keswick Theology.

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Introducing the New Testament

A Short Guide to its History and Message
By D.A. Carson Douglas J. Moo

Zondervan

Copyright © 2010 D. A. Carson and Douglas J. Moo
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-0-310-29149-7


Chapter One

THINKING ABOUT THE STUDY OF THE NEW TESTAMENT

People have been reading and studying the New Testament (NT) for as long as its documents have been in existence. Even before all twenty-seven NT books were written, some found the interpretation of the available documents more than a little challenging (see 2 Pet. 3:15-16 on Paul). A distance of two millennia and changes of language, culture, and history have not made the task any less difficult. Furthermore, the overabundance of writings on the NT across the centuries makes the task both easier and harder. It is easier because there are many good guides, and it is harder because the sheer volume and thoroughly mixed nature of the material are profoundly daunting.

About This Book

This book aims to serve you as an introductory guide to understanding the NT. Its layout is straightforward, following the order of the NT books as they occur in our English Bibles. Chapters 2, 8, and 9 introduce groups of NT books, and the rest of the chapters discuss individual NT books, typically answering the following questions (though not always in thisorder):

1. Content: What is the book about?

2. Author: Who wrote the book?

3. Genre: What style of literature is used?

4. Date: When was the book written?

5. Place: Where was the book written?

6. Audience: To whom was the book written?

7. Purpose: Why was the book written?

8. Contributions: What does the book contribute to our understanding of the faith?

Most of the space in the chapters is dedicated to content and contributions. We suggest that you read this book with an open Bible, perhaps reading each NT book in its entirety as you work through the opening section on its content. The many headings and numbered lists make the material user-friendly with easy-to-find summaries of key points.

Each chapter ends by asking some questions for review and discussion and listing recommended resources for further reading. Below are some general resources that may aid you as you advance in your study of the NT.

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Table of Contents

Contents

Preface....................7
Abbreviations....................9
1. Thinking about the Study of the New Testament....................11
2. The Synoptic Gospels....................14
3. Matthew....................21
4. Mark....................28
5. Luke....................36
6. John....................44
7. Acts....................53
8. New Testament Letters....................65
9. Paul: Apostle and Theologian....................71
10. Romans....................81
11. 1 and 2 Corinthians....................88
12. Galatians....................98
13. Ephesians....................103
14. Philippians....................107
15. Colossians....................111
16. 1 and 2 Thessalonians....................115
17. 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus....................121
18. Philemon....................128
19. Hebrews....................131
20. James....................136
21. 1 Peter....................140
22. 2 Peter....................144
23. 1, 2, 3 John....................147
24. Jude....................153
25. Revelation....................156
26. Conclusion....................163
Scripture Index....................164
General Index....................168
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