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What the New Testament Authors Really Cared About is a fresh approach to understanding what is really important in the New Testament. This introductory survey concentrates on the most important themes of each book and letter in the New Testament. By asking what Matthew (or any other New Testament author) really cared about when he wrote, we discover what to pay attention to when we read, and why it makes a difference to us today.
What the New Testament Authors Really Cared About is a fresh approach to helping us understand what is really important in the New Testament. The most important question we can ask in order to grasp the message of the New Testament is, What did Matthew (or any of the other authors) really care about when he wrote? Only by asking this question will we be able to understand what God wants us to know, since God chose to use nine authors—who wrote at different times, in different styles, and for different reasons—to communicate his Word.
-- from the Preface
Walking in the Sandals of a First-Century Jew
1. The Stories Everybody Knew / 9
What Did Matthew Really Care About?
2. The Gospel of Matthew / 24
What Did Mark Really Care About?
3. The Gospel of Mark / 44
What Did Luke Really Care About?
4. The Gospel of Luke / 58
5. The Acts of the Apostles / 74
What Did John Really Care About?
6. The Gospel of John / 88
7. The Letters of John / 106
8. Revelation / 112
What Did Paul Really Care About?
9. Introducing Paul / 128
10. Romans / 140
11. 1 Corinthians / 150
12. 2 Corinthians / 158
13. Galatians / 164
14. Ephesians / 170
15. Philippians / 176
16. Colossians / 182
17. I and 2 Thessalonians / 188
18. 1 Timothy and Titus / 194
19. 2 Timothy / 200
20. Philemon / 204
What Did the Author of Hebrews Really Care About?
21. Hebrews / 208
What Did James Really Care About?
22. James / 216
What Did Peter Really Care About?
23. 1 Peter / 222
24. 2 Peter / 228
What Did Jude Really Care About?
25. Jude / 232