The New Testament: Its Background and Message / Edition 2

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In the comprehensive The New Testament: Its Background and Message, the late Thomas Lea presented a clear and concise introduction to the New Testament giving readers the key that unlocks the door to understanding these important texts. This influential work presents the background of the New Testament with broad strokes and with a focus on specific books including the Gospels, Acts, and Paul and his letters. Originally written in an easy-to-understand style and form, Lea’s text continues to unlock the message of the New Testament for both new students and seasoned scholars.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805426328
  • Publisher: B&H Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 7/1/2003
  • Edition description: 2
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 688
  • Sales rank: 394,632
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.35 (d)

Meet the Author

The late Thomas D. Lea was dean of the School of Theology at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

David Alan Black, a well know and highly regarded New Testament scholar, is professor of New Testament and Greek at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC. He is the author or editor of many books including Learning to Read New Testament Greek and interpreting the New Testament, published by Broadman & Holman. He resides in Wake Forest, North Carolina.

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Table of Contents

List of Tables xiii
List of Maps xv
Preface to Revised Edition xvii
Introduction to the Original Edition 1
Part 1 The Background to the New Testament
Chapter 1 The Political History of Palestine During the Intertestamental Period 7
The Babylonian Period (626-539 B.C.) 9
The Persian Period (539-331 B.C.) 11
The Grecian Period (331-320 B.C.) 13
The Ptolemaic Period (320-198 B.C.) 15
The Syrian Period (198-167 B.C.) 16
The Maccabean Period (167-142 B.C.) 18
The Hasmonean Period (142-63 B.C.) 20
The Roman Period (63 B.C. on) 21
Later Events in Palestine 26
Chapter 2 Life in the World of the New Testament 31
Home Construction 32
Food 34
Clothing 35
Social Classes 35
Languages 36
Jewish Population 37
Industry, Labor, and Commerce 37
Transportation and Communication 38
Education 39
Science and Medicine 39
Entertainment 40
Marriage 41
Funerals 42
Crime 43
The Roman Army 43
Chapter 3 The Religious Background to the New Testament 47
Paganism 47
Judaism 54
Conclusion 64
Chapter 4 The Canon, Text, and Genre of the New Testament 69
The Canon and Text 69
The New Testament Text 75
Genre 78
Part 2 The Life of Jesus and the Gospels
Chapter 5 Learning About Jesus 85
Sources 86
The Geography of Jesus' Homeland 87
The Historical Study of Jesus' Life 89
The Teaching of Jesus 92
Dates in Jesus' Life 94
The Chronology of Jesus' Life 97
Chapter 6 The Synoptic Problem 113
The Development of the Synoptic Gospels 114
Moving Toward a Synoptic Consensus 126
Chapter 7 The Four Gospels 131
The Gospel of Matthew 132
Outline of Matthew 139
The Gospel of Mark 140
Outline of Mark 146
The Gospel of Luke 146
Outline of Luke 154
The Gospel of John 156
Outline of John 164
Chapter 8 The Birth, Childhood, and Early Ministry of Jesus 171
Chapter 9 Jesus' Ministry in and Around Galilee 191
Chapter 10 The Later Judean andthe Perean Ministry 223
Chapter 11 The Final Week of Jesus' Life--Crucifixion and Resurrection 245
Part 3 The Growth of thse Early Church in Acts
Chapter 12 Introduction to the Acts and the Role of Peter in Early Christianity (Acts 1-12) 281
Authorship 281
Luke the Man 283
Date of Writing Acts 283
Literary Questions About Acts 284
The Quality of Greek 284
The Sources of Luke 285
Historical Accuracy of Acts 285
The Content of Acts 291
Chapter 13 The Role of Paul in the Spread of Christianity (Acts 13-28) 301
Paul's First Missionary Journey 305
Second Missionary Journey 311
The Third Missionary Journey 315
Arrest and Imprisonment in Jerusalem(21:17-23:35) 319
Paul's Appearance Before Felix (24:1-27) 320
Paul Before Festus (25:1-12) 321
Paul Before Festus and Herod Agrippa II (25:13-26:32) 321
The Voyage to Rome (27:1-28:16) 322
Paul in Rome (28:17-31) 324
Outline of Acts 326
Part 4 The Epistles of Paul
Chapter 14 An Overview of Paul's Life 333
The Literary Contributions of Paul 334
The Personality of Paul 345
The Life of Paul 346
A Chronology of Paul's Life 349
The Theology of Paul 354
Chapter 15 Paul's First Writings (A Survey of Galatians and 1 and 2 Thessalonians) 363
The Letter to the Galatians 364
The Message of Galatians 370
Outline of Galatians 375
For Further Discussion 376
The Letters to the Thessalonians 377
The Message of 1 Thessalonians 381
Outline of 1 Thessalonians 383
The Message of 2 Thessalonians 384
Outline of 2 Thessalonians 386
Chapter 16 Paul's Chief Writings (A Survey of Romans and 1 and 2 Corinthians) 389
The Epistle to the Romans 390
The Message of Romans 394
Outline of Romans 400
For Further Discussion 402
The Corinthian Letters 402
1 Corinthians 407
The Message of 1 Corinthians 408
Outline of 1 Corinthians 416
2 Corinthians 417
The Message of 2 Corinthians 419
Outline of 2 Corinthians 425
Chapter 17 Paul's Captivity Epistles (Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon) 431
Time and Place 432
Date of the Captivity Epistles 435
The Epistle to the Ephesians 436
Outline of Ephesians 441
The Epistle to the Philippians 442
Outline of Philippians 448
The Epistle to the Colossians 449
Outline of Colossians 456
The Epistle to Philemon 457
Outline of Philemon 459
Chapter 18 The Pastoral Epistles 463
Authorship of the Pastorals 464
Chronology for the Pastorals 471
Occasion and Purpose 472
1 Timothy 473
2 Timothy 475
Titus 476
The Content of 1 Timothy 477
Outline of 1 Timothy 481
The Content of 2 Timothy 483
Outline of 2 Timothy 486
Content of Titus 487
Outline of Titus 489
Part 5 Hebrews, the General Epistles, and Revelation
Chapter 19 The Epistle to the Hebrews 495
The Content of Hebrews 502
The Exegesis of Hebrews 6:4-12 506
An Outline of Hebrews 507
Chapter 20 The Epistle of James 511
The Content of James 517
Outline of James 522
Chapter 21 The Epistles of 1 and 2 Peter 525
The Epistle of First Peter 526
The Content of First Peter 534
Outline of First Peter 538
The Epistle of Second Peter 539
The Content of Second Peter 544
An Outline of Second Peter 546
Chapter 22 The Johannine Epistles 551
The Epistle of 1 John 551
The Content of First John 555
Outline of First John 559
The Epistles of 2 and 3 John 560
Content of 2 John 561
Outline of 2 John 562
Content of 3 John 563
Outline of 3 John 564
Chapter 23 The Epistle of Jude 567
Content of Jude 572
Outline of Jude 574
Chapter 24 The Revelation 577
Content of Revelation 589
Outline of Revelation 601
Endnotes 607
Glossary of Terms 637
Index 645
About the Authors 653
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    Great Book for my first Seminary Class

    I took my first Seminary class online from Liberty University from January through March of 2010 and this book was one of our required readings. It was the first book I bought from the three books we needed to read and I was so happy about this because it gives a great introduction and summary for the course. My other books were much longer and harder to follow, but I loved this book because it had short chapters with a lot of great information. It was easier to pace myself and reach reading goals I set for myself. It made the whole class much easier and more understandable. The book also included some great maps and charts that have stuck in my memory. I am a visual learner, so this helped immensely. I highly recommend this book to anyone taking any seminary course over the New Testament!

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