Introduction to the New Testament

Introduction to the New Testament

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For one semester/quarter courses on the New Testament. Voyage through the New Testament is accessible to students with and without background knowledge of the New Testament. Students are introduced to different approaches and to the assumptions inherent in each approach. They examine New Testament books as religious and theological documents that were written in specific historical and literary contexts. To broaden students' awareness of the range of contemporary interpretations of the New Testament, this volume also provides examples of different inculturated readings, as well as examples of non-biblical religious literature.
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  • Paperback | 560 pages
  • 175.26 x 231.14 x 17.78mm | 816.46g
  • Prentice Hall
  • Upper Saddle River, United States
  • English
  • 013049495X
  • 9780130494955

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"This voyage through the New Testament involves the unfolding of a human story about suffering and hope, expectation and promise, death and new life. Whether you are a religious person or not, perhaps you will find your own life story somewhere in these pages."

Catherine A. Cory, from the preface

This unique introductory text invites you to explore the New Testament for yourself. Rather than merely summarizing the New Testament, Voyage through the New Testament provides materials on the historical, religious, cultural, and literary backgrounds for understanding each book; it also investigates controversial interpretations of individual texts and then teaches you how to interpret them yourself. Upon completion of a course using this book, you will have developed the critical thinking skills and learning to do close readings of biblical texts.

Praise from the reviewers

"Of all the textbooks I have looked at over the past 16 years of teaching an introductory course on the New Testament, this is the best."

Mark G. Boyer, Southwest Missouri State University

"The additional resources in this manuscript are unmatched. The Supplemental Readings at the end of the book as well as the timeline only enhance this textbook. The readings engage the reader in relevant primary texts and encourage deeper levels of learning. The readings and activities at the end of the chapter are one of the greatest strengths of the manuscript. These sections truly set this text apart, placing it on the cutting edge of post-modern pedagogy."

Paula Fontana Qualls, Gardner-Webb University
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Table of contents

Part I: Before We Begin Chapter 1. Issues of Interpretation Chapter 2. Contemporary Methods of Studying the Bible Chapter 3. The First-Century Greco-Roman World Chapter 4. Israel's Story of Salvation Chapter 5. First-Century Judaism Part II: The Gospels Chapter 6. The Gospel According to Mark Chapter 7. The Gospel According to Matthew Chapter 8. The Gospel According to Luke Chapter 9. The Gospel According to John Chapter 10. The Synoptic Problem and Historical Jesus Research Chapter 11. Non-Canonical Gospels Part III: Acts of the Apostles Chapter 12. Acts of the Apostles Part IV: The Letters Associated with Paul Chapter 13. The First and Second Letters to the Thessalonians Chapter 14. Paul's Letter to the Galatians Chapter 15. Paul's Letters to the Philippians and to Philemon Chapter 16. Paul's First and Second Letters to the Corinthians Chapter 17. Paul's Letter to the Romans Chapter 18. The Letters to the Colossians and Ephesians Chapter 19. The Pastoral Letters Part V: Other Letters Chapter 20. The Letter to the Hebrews Chapter 21. The Letters of James and Jude Chapter 22. The First and Second Letters of Peter Chapter 23. The Three Letters of John Part VI: Apocalyptic Literature Chapter 24. The Book of Revelation
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