New Testament Background Introduction

New Testament Background Introduction

A Critical Introduction to the New Testament: Interpreting the Message and Meaning of Jesus Christ

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This book introduces the New Testament in two senses: it not only provides basic literary and historical information on each of the twenty-seven writings but also orients readers to the religious, theological, and ethical issues related to the message and meaning of Jesus Christ. The overall goal is to help interested readers of the New Testament become informed, responsible interpreters of these writings and thereby enrich their personal faith and understanding. By giving special emphasis to how the New Testament has helped shape the church's identity and theological outlook throughout the centuries, as well as the role it has played within the broader cultures of both East and West, this introduction also seeks to assist readers in exercising creative, informed leadership within their own communities of faith and in bringing a deeper understanding of early Christianity to their conversations with the wider public. Along with separate chapters devoted to each New Testament writing, there are chapters explaining how this collection of texts emerged as uniquely authoritative witnesses to the church's faith; why they were recognized as canonical whereas other early Christian writings were not; how the four canonical Gospels are related to one another, including a discussion of the Synoptic Problem; how the Jesus tradition--his teachings, stories from his ministry, and the accounts of his suffering, death and resurrection--originated and developed into Gospels written in narrative form; and how the Gospels relate to Jesus Christ as he was and is. Also included is a chapter on the writings of Paul and how they emerged as a collection of authoritative texts for the church. This chapter includes a discussion of ancient letter-writing, special considerations for interpreting the Pauline writings, and Paul's decisive influence within the history of the church and western culture. A distinctive feature of this introduction is its simultaneous publication in two versions. There is a standard, printed version with comprehensive yet detailed coverage of each writing and supplementary chapters on related introductory questions. There is also an expanded CD-ROM version, which gives fuller treatment (and supporting endnotes) to numerous issues introduced in the printed version; provides extensive, annotated bibliographies on each chapter; and includes additional maps, diagrams, charts, and other resources for classroom use and personal study.
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2005-04-01
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A Survey of the New Testament Laminated Sheet

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Students of the New Testament may not know everything they need to know, but they do know there s a lot they need to know! Whether studying for exams or delving into New Testament Scripture, students need critical information at their fingertips. Instead, it s usually scattered throughout textbooks, self-made crib sheets, and sticky-notes on their computer monitor. Now there s a better way! The Zondervan Get an A! Study Guides to Survey of the New Testament is a handy, at-a-glance study aid ideal for last minute review, a quick overview of the textbook, or as an aid in New Testament study. This set contains six information-packed sheets that are laminated and three-hole-punched, making them both durable and portable. The study guide is tied to Survey of the New Testament by Robert Gundry.

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2007-06-24
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A Survey of the New Testament Laminated Sheet (Zondervan Get an A! Study Guides)

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Students of the New Testament may not know everything they need to know, but they do know there’s a lot they need to know! Whether studying for exams or delving into New Testament Scripture, students need critical information at their fingertips. Instead, it’s usually scattered throughout textbooks, self-made crib sheets, and sticky-notes on their computer monitor. Now there’s a better way! The Zondervan Get an A! Study Guides to Survey of the New Testament is a handy, at-a-glance study aid ideal for last minute review, a quick overview of the textbook, or as an aid in New Testament study. This set contains six information-packed sheets that are laminated and three-hole-punched, making them both durable and portable. The study guide is tied to Survey of the New Testament by Robert Gundry.

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1901-12-13
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A Survey of the New Testament, 5th Edition

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Robert Gundry s now classic survey of the New Testament has been a mainstay for college and graduate courses around the world, having been used by thousands of professors and students. This fifth edition includes updates and revisions throughout and a fresh, full-color design. One thing about A Survey of the New Testament that has not changed: its premise. Unlike most New Testament surveys, this book leads students to actually read the Bible. Topics and issues discussed in the text are linked whenever possible with assigned readings that expose the reader to the entire New Testament. Comments on the readings provide additional help. A Survey of the New Testament, 5thEdition, includes these features: - New design in full-color with more photos and improved maps - Links to relevant websites - Outlines, study goals, summaries, and review questions for each chapter - Phonetic pronunciations for unfamiliar names and terms - Breakouts with illustrative quotes from ancient, nonbiblical literature - Updated bibliographies - Available as both ebook and enhanced ebook with video introductions, animated maps and illustrations, chapter flashcards, and more

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2012-06-24
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A.D. The Bible Continues: The Revolution That Changed the World

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When Pontius Pilate ordered the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, he thought he was putting an end to the Jewish uprising that had been threatening the authority of the Roman Empire. What Pilate didn't realize, however, was that real revolution was just getting started.Based on the epic NBC television series, "A.D. The Bible Continues: The Revolution that Changed the World" is a sweeping Biblical narrative that brings the political intrigue, religious persecution, and emotional turmoil of the Book of Acts to life in stunning, vibrant detail. Beginning with the crucifixion, "NYT" best-selling author and Bible teacher Dr. David Jeremiah chronicles the tumultuous struggles of Christ's disciples following the Resurrection. From the brutal stoning of Stephen and Saul's radical conversion, through the unyielding persecution of Peter and the relentless wrath of Pilate, Jeremiah paints a magnificent portrait of the political and religious upheaval that led to the formation of the early Church.Complete with helpful background information about the characters, culture, and traditions included in the television series, "A.D. The Bible Continues: The Revolution That Changed the World" is not only a riveting, action-packed read, it is also an illuminating exploration of one of the most significant chapters in world history.Get ready to watch history unfold. The revolution that changed the world has begun!
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2015-04-01
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An Introduction to Jesus and the Gospels

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Jesus and the Gospels is one of the most popular religion courses at colleges, and it is required at many seminaries and divinity schools. This textbook, written by an award-winning educator, is designed for a semester-long course in both these settings. Moreover, it could be used as a supplementary text in courses on christology, the historical Jesus, New Testament literature, and the Bible.

Murphy will provide an introduction to the gospels that does justice to the full range of modern critical methods and insights. He will discuss the implications of these methods for how we understand the nature of the gospels and how we can read them today. The chapters will sketch the portrait of Jesus that emerges from each gospel, and then examine the canonical view of Jesus by comparing and contrasting these pictures, as well as the ones that emerge from the non-canonical gospels and from the modern quest for the historical Jesus.

Chapter list:

Introduction, Theological and Historical Backgrounds;

Chapter 1, What is a Gospel?

Chapter 2, History of Critical Methods for Gospel Study;

Chapter 3, The Gospel of Mark;

Chapter 4, Q;

Chapter 5, Matthew;

Chapter 6, Luke;

Chapter 7, John;

Chapter 8, Other Gospels (Gospel of Thomas, Infancy Gospels, other Apocryphal Gospels); Chapter 8, Christian Interpretations of Jesus;

Chapter 9, The Historical Jesus;

Chapter 10, Conclusion; Glossary; Further Reading; Notes; Subject Index. (Charts, sidebars, illustrations, and maps.)

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9780687496921
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2005-10-01
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An Introduction to the New Testament, 2nd Edition

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9780310238591
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1901-12-13

An Introduction to the New Testament: Witnesses to God's New Work

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Written by prominent professor and skilled interpreter Charles Cousar, "An Introduction to the New Testament" provides a concise overview of the content and purpose of the books of the New Testament within the context of the church's early development. This cogent introduction gives serious attention to the history of earliest Christianity but always returns to the texts' theological meaning and significance, highlighting the relevance of these books for the church today.

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9780664224134
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2006-09-01

Apostle of the Crucified Lord: A Theological Introduction to Paul and His Letters

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Unlike the many books that treat the apostle Paul merely as a historical figure and his letters as literary relics, this new study by Michael Gorman focuses on the theological message of Paul s writings, particularly what they have to say to the contemporary church.
An innovative and comprehensive treatment of Paul, including commentary on all of the Pauline letters, Gorman s Apostle of the Crucified Lord unpacks the many dimensions of Paul s thought carefully and holistically. Six introductory chapters provide background discussion on Paul s world, his resume, his letters, his gospel, his spirituality, and his theology, while the main body of the book covers in turn and in full detail each of the Pauline epistles. Gorman gives the context of each letter, offers a careful reading of the text, and colors his words with insightful quotations from earlier interpreters of Paul.
Enhancing the text itself are questions for reflection and discussion at the end of each chapter and numerous photos, maps, and tables throughout. All in all, Apostle of the Crucified Lord is the ideal book for students and any other readers interested in seriously engaging Paul s challenging letters."
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9780802839343
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2003-12-03

Chronological and Background Charts of the New Testament, Second Edition (ZondervanCharts)

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Students of the New Testament are confronted with a vast amount of information, both biblical and extrabiblical. Chronological and Background Charts of the New Testament helps the student organize and synthesize this material by providing a helpful visual overview of the data, chronology, historical background, and criticism of the New Testament. This format allows facts, relationships, parallels, and contrasts to be grasped quickly and easily. The 90 charts in this updated, expanded edition are divided into four broad categories: general material, backgrounds to the New Testament, the Gospels, and the apostolic age. They cover a wide range of topics, from basic matters such as a chronological list of the books of the New Testament to less familiar subjects such as The Roman Military System, Rabbinic Writings, and The Five Gospels of the Jesus Seminar. This volume is a useful tool for classroom use, for individual study, and as a handy reference."
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9780310282938
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2009-08-16
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Cradle the Cross & the Crown 2nd Edition

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The Cradle, the Cross, and the Crown guides serious New Testament students through the historical, literary, and theological dimensions of the biblical text, allowing them to better understand and share God s word of truth (2 Tim2:15). It offers a thorough introductiontoall twenty-seven books of the New Testament and closely examinesevents such asChrist s incarnation and virgin birth, his crucifixion and resurrection, andtriumphant return.

The second edition features updated bibliographies and footnotes, interpretation sections that coverdifferent literary genres in the New Testament, an epilogue thatcanvassesthe entire storyline of Scripture, and a variety of maps. All of these new features contribute to makingthisa life-long resource for students of Scripture.

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9781433684005
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2016-08-15
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Encountering the New Testament: A Historical and Theological Survey (Encountering Biblical Studies)

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Studying the New Testament can be an exciting - and intimidating - experience. This survey is designed to make the adventure less daunting and more rewarding. It features illustrations, photographs, tables, and charts-all in full color; sidebars addressing ethical/theological concerns; and, focus boxes isolating key issues.
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9780801028069
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2005-04-01
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