New Testament Story: An Introduction / Edition 4

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Find yourself in the midst of New Testament times and events with NEW TESTAMENT STORY: AN INTRODUCTION, Fourth Edition. Author David L. Barr demonstrates how every New Testament writing is located within the context of a story, even if the individual piece does not express a story itself. The book helps you critically examine each piece to uncover its significance and meaning and gain a stronger understanding of the language used, as well as the historical and cultural differences between Biblical and modern times.

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This text explores the stories in and behind the New Testament writings and analyzes those writings as a set of interacting stories, highlighting the oral nature of the New Testament world, rhetoric practiced in the ancient world, the historical setting and social context of these writings, and their literary nature. Learning features include key terms, review questions, and suggested topics for term projects. This third edition arranges the New Testament writings more clearly into two groups of the story in letters and the story in narratives. Barr teaches at Wright State University. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780534627485
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 2/12/2008
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 600
  • Sales rank: 926,500
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

As a well-respected author, scholar, and teacher, Dr. David L. Barr now serves as Professor of Religion and chair of the departments of religion, philosophy and classics at Wright State University. Dr. Barr earned his B.A. from Fort Wayne Bible College and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Florida State University. His areas of interest include Christian origins, New Testament, apocalyptism, and the Apocalypse of John.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Three Worlds of the Text: Reading the New Testament Story. 1. Preparing to Hear the Stories: The Cultural Context of the First Audience. 2. The Story before the Writings: Storytelling in Earliest Christianity. Part I: THE STORY IN LETTERS. 3. The Earliest Jesus Literature: The Thessalonian Correspondence. 4. Pauls Letters to His Followers: Philemon, Philippians, Galatians, Corinthians. 5. Pauls Address to Those outside His Circle: Romans. 6. Paul for a New Day: Colossians, Ephesians, Timothy, Titus. 7. Echoes of Other Stories: James, Jude, Hebrews, Peter. Part II: THE STORY IN NARRATIVES. 8. Stories Told: Approaches to Understanding the Gospels. 9. Gods Kingdom in a Tragic World: The Gospel According to Mark. 10. The Book of the New Community: The Gospel According to Matthew. 11. The Gospel as Heroic Narrative: The Story of Luke-Acts. 12. Irony and the Spirit: The Gospel According to John. 13. The Dawn of a New Day: The Apocalypse of John. 14. The Story after the Writings: One Story in Many. Appendix: Doing Your Own Research: Hints for Writing Research Papers on the New Testament. Glossary. Bibliography. Index.

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