Exploring the New Testament

Exploring the New Testament

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For courses in Introduction to the New Testament, The Bible as Literature, and Feminism and the New Testament.

First published as The New Testament: A Timeless Book for All Peoples (1999). Text offers a global, pluralistic, and interdisciplinary approach. Uses basic historical-critical and literary-critical scholarship to introduce New Testament, and shows how New Testament has functioned in cultures during the past 2,000 years.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 456 pages
  • 190.5 x 231.14 x 22.86mm | 589.67g
  • Pearson
  • Upper Saddle River, NJ, United States
  • English
  • 2nd edition
  • 0130991643
  • 9780130991645

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This new edition from Marla J. Selvidge retains the wide range of international perspectives on the New Testament, juxtaposing ancient texts with contemporary issues to offer students a distinctive, fresh approach to understanding the New Testament. Unlike other introductory texts, Selvidge incorporates not only historical and literary-critical approaches but also feminist interpretations often ignored in other texts. Selvidge demonstrates her commitment to have students appreciate "the New Testament as a timeless document" for all peoples.

New to this Edition

Extensive reorganization of contents New scholarship on the historical Jesus New links and references to important online resources New photographs throughout text Updated list of recommended readings
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Table of contents


1. A Stranger in a Strange Land.

2. Cultural Heritage of the New Testament.

3. The Unexpected News of Jesus.

4. The Gospel of Mark: A Humble Community Anticipating a Hopeful Future.

5. The Gospel of Matthew: A Traditional Community Facing Change.

6. The Gospel of Luke: A Diverse Community Engaged in Social Reform.

7. The Gospel of John: A Troubled Community in Search of Truth.

8. The Acts of the Apostles: Christianity, A World Religion.

9. Early Pauline Documents: 1 and 2 Thessalonians, Galatians, and Philippians.

10 Later Pauline Documents: Romans, Philemon, 1 and 2 Corinthians.

11. Documents Written in the Name of Paul: Colossians and Ephesians.

12. Letters Written in the Name of Paul: 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus.

13. Struggling with a New Religion: Hebrews and James.

14. Documents to Friends in Far-Away-Places: 1 and 2 Peter, and Jude.

15. Conflict and Christianity: 1, 2, 3, John, and Revelation.


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"I am familiar with and appreciate Selvidge's scholarship, and I admire her work here, especially her unique attention to diversity and the global perspective." - Susan Calef, Creighton University

"Selvidge s book ...attempts to present the New Testament from a multicultural perspective so that people from all types of diverse backgrounds can claim ownership of its documents." - Ira J. Jolivet, Jr., Pepperdine University
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