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What the New Testament Authors Really Cared About: A Survey of Their Writings

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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.

• Chapters are organized around each of the nine New Testament authors and focus on what each author really cared about in order to emphasize their concerns—not ours.

• More than one hundred sidebars explore how New Testament authors might apply their writings to Christians today.

• One-page snapshots examine introductory issues (who, when, where, why), providing essential information in condensed form.

• Five maps and more than fifty color photographs bring biblical sites and culture to life.

What the New Testament Authors Really Cared About is a collaborative project involving fifteen New Testament scholars who teach undergraduate students and know their needs. The resulting resource is simple in format and intentionally shorter than other surveys.

Kenneth Berding, Ph.D., is associate professor of New Testament at Biola University. His books include Polycarp and Paul and What Are Spiritual Gifts? Rethinking the Conventional View.

Matt Williams, Ph.D., is associate professor of New Testament at Biola University. His publications include Two Gospels from One and Deeper Connections DVD Bible studies (The Parables of Jesus, The Miracles of Jesus, and The Prayers of Jesus).

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780825425394
  • Publisher: Kregel Publications
  • Publication date: 7/30/2008
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 293,652
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Kenneth Berding (Ph.D., Westminster Theological Seminary) is associate professor of New Testament at
Biola University. He is the author of What Are Spiritual Gifts?.

Matt Williams (Ph.D., Trinity International University) is associate professor of biblical studies and theology at Biola University. He is the author of several titles, including Two Gospels from One and (with Scot McKnight) The Synoptic Gospels: An Annotated Bibliography.

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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

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Table of Contents

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

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