This introduction gives particular attention to the social, cultural and rhetorical contexts of the New Testament authors and their writings. It also integrates instruction in exegetical and interpretive strategies with their customary considerations of authorship, dating, audience and message. This introduction introduces students to a relevant facet of interpretation with each portion of New Testament literature. It features maps, photos, points of interest, aids to learning as well as separate chapters that explore the historical and cultural environment of the New Testament era, the nature of the Gospels and the quest for the historical Jesus, and the life of Paul.
An Introduction to the New Testament is mindful of the needs of students preparing for ministry so it is explicit in displaying that the New Testament itself, in its parts and as a whole, is a pastoral response. Each chapter on the New Testament literature closes with a discussion of the implications for ministry formation.
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