A Concise Guide to Reading the New Testament: A Canonical Introduction

A Concise Guide to Reading the New Testament: A Canonical Introduction

by David R. Nienhuis


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The New Testament came together, and comes to us, not as a randomly sorted set of individual books but as a definitely shaped and ordered whole. This concise, theological introduction to the New Testament sheds light on the interpretive significance of the canon's structure and sequence and articulates how the final shape of the canon is formative for Christian discipleship. Providing an essential overview often missing from New Testament books and courses, this book will serve as an accessible supplement to any New Testament or Bible introduction textbook.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801097638
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/28/2018
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

David R. Nienhuis (PhD, University of Aberdeen) is professor of New Testament studies at Seattle Pacific University in Seattle, Washington. He is the author of Not by Paul Alone and the coauthor (with Robert W. Wall) of A Compact Guide to the Whole Bible.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: The Form and Function of the New Testament Canon
Following the Way of the Word
2. The Gospel according to Matthew: The Call to Discipleship
"Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me."
3. The Gospel according to Mark: The Cost of Discipleship
"Take up your cross and follow me."
4. The Gospel according to Luke: The Scope of Discipleship
"The kingdom of God is among you."
5. The Gospel according to John: The Center of Discipleship
"I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself."
6. The Acts of the Apostles: The Community of Discipleship
"In the last days it will be . . . that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh."
7. The Letters of Paul: The Pattern of Discipleship
"I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me."
8. The Catholic Epistles: The Tradition of Discipleship
"Whoever says 'I abide in him' ought to walk just as he walked."
9. The Revelation to John: The Conquering Disciple
"These follow the Lamb wherever he goes."
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