Designed for students beginning their first systematic study of the Christian Scriptures, The New Testament: A Student’s Introduction is reader-friendly and effectively organized to facilitate student learning. The text surveys the historical and cultural background of the early Christian era and offers cogent discussions of each of the New Testament’s twenty-seven books, from the Gospel biographies of Jesus to the mystic symbols of Revelation. In addition to presenting the Jewish and Greco-Roman context in which the canonical authors wrote, the text incorporates important scholarship that helps illuminate each document’s principal themes and religious significance. This well-balanced introduction, featuring numerous maps, charts and essays, enhances students’ understanding of the first-century Christian experience and distinctive worldview.
Part I. AN INVITATION TO THE NEW TESTAMENT
Chapter 1. An Overview of the New Testament
Chapter 2. How the New Testament Was Formed and Handed Down to Us
Part II. THE THREE WORLDS IN WHICH CHRISTIANITY ORIGINATED
Chapter 3. The Diverse World of First-Century Judaism
Chapter 4. The World of Greek Thought and Culture
Chapter 5. The World of Roman Political Power
Part III. DIVERSE PORTRAITS OF JESUS
Chapter 6. The Gospels: Form and Purpose
Chapter 7. Mark's Portrait of Jesus: The Hidden Messiah and Eschatological Judge
Chapter 8. Matthew's Portrait of Jesus: A Teacher Greater than Moses
Chapter 9. Luke's Portrait of Jesus: A Savior for "All Nations"
Chapter 10. Luke’s Portrait of the Early Church: Jesus’ Followers Continue His Work
Chapter 11. John’s Portrait of Jesus: Divine Wisdom Made Flesh
Chapter 12. The Continuing Quest for the Historical Jesus
PART IV. PAUL AND THE PAULINE TRADITION
Chapter 13. Paul: Apostle to the Nations
Chapter 14. Unity, Freedom, and Christ's Return: Paul's Letters to Thessalonica and Corinth
Chapter 15. Freedom from Law and Justification by Faith: Galatians and Romans
16. Letters from Prison: Philippians and Philemon
17. Continuing the Pauline Tradition: 2 Thessalonians, Colossians, Ephesians, the Pastoral Epistles, and Other Early Christian Writings Influenced by Pauline Thought
PART V. GENERAL LETTERS AND SOME VISIONS OF END TIME
Chapter 18. General Letters on Faith and Behavior: Hebrews, the Catholic Epistles, and the Noncanonical Teachings (Didache) of the Twelve Apostles
Chapter 19. Continuing the Apocalyptic Hope: The Book of Revelation and Other Jewish/Christian Apocalyptic Works
Chapter 20. The Judeo-Christian Bible and Subsequent History
Appendix: The Other Gospels: Additional Portraits of Jesus
Glossary of New Testament Terms and Concepts
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