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An Introduction to the New Testament (2nd Edition)

D A CarsonDouglas J Moo

An Introduction to the New Testament (2nd Edition)

D A CarsonDouglas J Moo

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An updated and expanded edition of a standard textbook on the New Testament for first- and second-year seminary students.

An Introduction to the New Testament focuses on "special introduction," that is, historical questions dealing with authorship, date, sources, purpose, destination, and so forth. This approach stands in contrast to recent texts that concentrate more on literary form, rhetorical criticism, and historical parallels - topics the authors don't minimize, but instead think are better given extended treatment in exegesis courses.

By refocusing on the essentials, An Introduction to the New Testament ensures that the New Testament books will be accurately understood within historical settings. For each New Testament document, the authors also provide a substantial summary of that book's content, discuss the book's theological contribution to the overall canon, and give an account of current studies on that book, including recent literary and social-science approaches to interpretation. This second edition reflects significant revision and expansion from the original, making this highly acclaimed text even more valuable.

* A new chapter provides a historical survey examining Bible study method through the ages.
* The chapter on Paul has been expanded to include an analysis of debates on the "new perspective."
* The discussion of New Testament epistles has been expanded to form a new chapter.

This new edition will help a new generation of students better grasp the message of the New Testament.

Contents:

- Preface
- Abbreviations
- Thinking about the Study of the New Testament
- The Synoptic Gospels
- Matthew
- Mark
- Luke
- John
- Acts
- New Testament Letters
- Paul: Apostle and Theologian
- Romans
- 1 and 2 Corinthians
- Galatians
- Ephesians
- Philippians
- Colossians
- 1 and 2 Thessalonians
- The Pastoral Epistles
- Philemon
- Hebrews
- James
- 1 Peter
- 2 Peter
- 1, 2, 3 John
- Jude
- Revelation
- The New Testament Canon
- Scripture Index
- Name Index
- Subject Index

784 pages, from Zondervan.



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- Publisher An Introduction to the New Testament-Second Edition Copyright 1992, 2005 by D. A. Carson and Douglas J. Moo Requests for information should be addressed to: Zondervan, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49530 Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Carson, D. A. An introduction to the New Testament / D.A. Carson and Douglas J. Moo.-2nd ed. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN-10: 0-310-23859-5 ISBN-13: 978-0-310-23859-1 1. Bible. N.T.-Introductions. I. Moo, Douglas J. II. Title. BS2330.3.C37 2005 225.6'1-dc22 2005005186 This edition printed on acid-free paper. All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the Holy Bible, Today's New International Version. TNIV. Copyright 2001, 2005 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved. The website addresses recommended throughout this book are offered as a resource to you. These websites are not intended in any way to be or imply an endorsement on the part of Zondervan, nor do we vouch for their content for the life of this book. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means-electronic, mechanical, photocopy, recording, or any other-except for brief quotations in printed reviews, without the prior permission of the publisher. Interior design by Nancy Wilson Printed in the United States of America 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 / ?DCI/ 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 People have been reading and studying the New Testament for as long as its documents have been in existence. Even before all twenty-seven canonical New Testament books were written, some found the interpretation of the available documents more than a little challenging (see the comment of 2 Pet. 3:15-16 regarding Paul). A distance of two millennia, not to mention changes of language, culture, and history, have not made the task any easier. The torrential outpouring of commentaries, studies, and essays across the centuries, all designed to explain-or in some cases, explain away-the New Testament documents, makes the task both easier and harder. It is easier because there are many good and stimulating guides; it is harder because the sheer volume of the material, not to mention its thoroughly mixed nature and, frequently, its mutually contradictory content, is profoundly daunting to the student just beginning New Testament study. This chapter provides little more than a surface history of a selection of the people, movements, issues, and approaches that have shaped the study of the New Testament. The student setting out to come to terms with contemporary study of the New Testament must suddenly confront a bewildering array of new disciplines (e.g., text criticism, historical criticism, hermeneutics), the terminology of new tools (e.g., form criticism, redaction criticism, discourse analysis, postmodern readings), and key figures (e.g., F. C. Baur, J. B. Lightfoot, E. P. Sanders). Students with imagination will instantly grasp that they do not pick up New Testament scrolls as they were dropped from an apostolic hand; they pick up a bound sheaf of documents, printed, and probably in translation. Moreover, the text itself is something that believers and unbelievers alike have been studying and explaining for two millennia. The aim here, then, is to provide enough of a framework to make the rest of this textbook, and a lot of other books on the New Testament, a little easier to understand. Chapter One Thinking about the Study of the New Testament PASSING ON THE TEXT At the beginning of his gospel, Luke comments that "many others" had already undertaken to write accounts of Jesus (Luke 1:1-4). Although some schol

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About "An Introduction to the New Testament (2nd Edition)"

An updated and expanded edition of a standard textbook on the New Testament for first- and second-year seminary students.

An Introduction to the New Testament focuses on "special introduction," that is, historical questions dealing with authorship, date, sources, purpose, destination, and so forth. This approach stands in contrast to recent texts that concentrate more on literary form, rhetorical criticism, and historical parallels - topics the authors don't minimize, but instead think are better given extended treatment in exegesis courses.

By refocusing on the essentials, An Introduction to the New Testament ensures that the New Testament books will be accurately understood within historical settings. For each New Testament document, the authors also provide a substantial summary of that book's content, discuss the book's theological contribution to the overall canon, and give an account of current studies on that book, including recent literary and social-science approaches to interpretation. This second edition reflects significant revision and expansion from the original, making this highly acclaimed text even more valuable.

* A new chapter provides a historical survey examining Bible study method through the ages.
* The chapter on Paul has been expanded to include an analysis of debates on the "new perspective."
* The discussion of New Testament epistles has been expanded to form a new chapter.

This new edition will help a new generation of students better grasp the message of the New Testament.

Contents:

- Preface
- Abbreviations
- Thinking about the Study of the New Testament
- The Synoptic Gospels
- Matthew
- Mark
- Luke
- John
- Acts
- New Testament Letters
- Paul: Apostle and Theologian
- Romans
- 1 and 2 Corinthians
- Galatians
- Ephesians
- Philippians
- Colossians
- 1 and 2 Thessalonians
- The Pastoral Epistles
- Philemon
- Hebrews
- James
- 1 Peter
- 2 Peter
- 1, 2, 3 John
- Jude
- Revelation
- The New Testament Canon
- Scripture Index
- Name Index
- Subject Index

784 pages, from Zondervan.


- Publisher

26 Chapters
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An Introduction to the New Testament-Second Edition Copyright 1992, 2005 by D. A. Carson and Douglas J. Moo Requests for information should be addressed to: Zondervan, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49530 Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Carson, D. A. An introduction to the New Testament / D.A. Carson and Douglas J. Moo.-2nd ed. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN-10: 0-310-23859-5 ISBN-13: 978-0-310-23859-1 1. Bible. N.T.-Introductions. I. Moo, Douglas J. II. Title. BS2330.3.C37 2005 225.6'1-dc22 2005005186 This edition printed on acid-free paper. All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the Holy Bible, Today's New International Version. TNIV. Copyright 2001, 2005 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved. The website addresses recommended throughout this book are offered as a resource to you. These websites are not intended in any way to be or imply an endorsement on the part of Zondervan, nor do we vouch for their content for the life of this book. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means-electronic, mechanical, photocopy, recording, or any other-except for brief quotations in printed reviews, without the prior permission of the publisher. Interior design by Nancy Wilson Printed in the United States of America 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 / ?DCI/ 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 People have been reading and studying the New Testament for as long as its documents have been in existence. Even before all twenty-seven canonical New Testament books were written, some found the interpretation of the available documents more than a little challenging (see the comment of 2 Pet. 3:15-16 regarding Paul). A distance of two millennia, not to mention changes of language, culture, and history, have not made the task any easier. The torrential outpouring of commentaries, studies, and essays across the centuries, all designed to explain-or in some cases, explain away-the New Testament documents, makes the task both easier and harder. It is easier because there are many good and stimulating guides; it is harder because the sheer volume of the material, not to mention its thoroughly mixed nature and, frequently, its mutually contradictory content, is profoundly daunting to the student just beginning New Testament study. This chapter provides little more than a surface history of a selection of the people, movements, issues, and approaches that have shaped the study of the New Testament. The student setting out to come to terms with contemporary study of the New Testament must suddenly confront a bewildering array of new disciplines (e.g., text criticism, historical criticism, hermeneutics), the terminology of new tools (e.g., form criticism, redaction criticism, discourse analysis, postmodern readings), and key figures (e.g., F. C. Baur, J. B. Lightfoot, E. P. Sanders). Students with imagination will instantly grasp that they do not pick up New Testament scrolls as they were dropped from an apostolic hand; they pick up a bound sheaf of documents, printed, and probably in translation. Moreover, the text itself is something that believers and unbelievers alike have been studying and explaining for two millennia. The aim here, then, is to provide enough of a framework to make the rest of this textbook, and a lot of other books on the New Testament, a little easier to understand. Chapter One Thinking about the Study of the New Testament PASSING ON THE TEXT At the beginning of his gospel, Luke comments that "many others" had already undertaken to write accounts of Jesus (Luke 1:1-4). Although some schol
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Meet the Authors

D A Carson

Dr Don (D. A.) Carson is currently Research Professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. His areas of expertise include biblical theology, the historical Jesus, postmodernism, pluralism, Greek grammar, Johannine theology, Pauline theology, and questions of suffering and evil. Carson has written prolifically and profoundly on all these subjects.

Carson has written or edited 57 books - as well as numerous journal articles - ranging from New Testament commentaries to topical studies on the state of the contemporary church and its wider cultural context. His work is characterised by brilliant theological insight, thorough scholarship, and an uncompromising commitment to the essentials of Reformed doctrine.

Carson's landmark book, The Gagging of God: Christianity Confronts Pluralism won the 1997 Evangelical Christian Publishers Association Gold Medallion Award. Other works that examine the interaction of church and culture include The Inclusive Language Debate (1998), Becoming Conversant With the Emerging Church (2005), Christ and Culture Revisited (2008) and The Intolerance of Tolerance (2012).

Carson's exegetical works include volumes on individual New Testament books in the Revised Expositor's Bible Commentary, Pillar New Testament Commentary, Baker Exegetical Commentary, and New International Greek Testament Commentary. In Exegetical Fallacies (1984, 1996, 2nd ed.), Carson is at his incisive best, analysing the root causes of errors in biblical interpretation. He has also notably edited the New Testament Commentary Survey up to its 7th edition (2013), as well as the Zondervan Study Bible (2015).

Donald Arthur Carson was born in Montreal, Canada, in 1946. His undergraduate degree majored in mathematics and chemistry. He went on to undertake a Master of Divinity with a Baptist seminary and earned his PhD in New Testament from Cambridge University in 1975, the same year he married his wife Joy. In 1978, Carson joined the faculty of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, where he has worked ever since. In 2005 with Tim Keller, Carson founded The Gospel Coalition (TGC) - a network of Reformed churches dedicated to engaging and transforming the wider culture through speaking events, online advocacy, and publication. He continues to be an active guest lecturer in church and academic settings around the world.

Carson lives with his family in Liberty, Illinois. In his spare time he enjoys reading, hiking, and woodworking.

Douglas J Moo

Douglas J. Moo (Ph.D., St Andrews University, Scotland) is Blanchard professor of New Testament at Wheaton College, he was formerly director of the Ph.D. in Theological Studies program at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He is the co-author of An Introduction to the New Testament and the author of commentaries on James (Tyndale New Testament Commentary Series and Pillar New Testament Commentary), Romans (three volumes New International Commentary Series, New International Version Application Commentary and Encountering Biblical Studies series), 2 Peter, Jude (New International Version Application Commentary), Colossians, Philemon (Pillar New Testament Commentary), his most recent commentraies are Hebrews (Zondervan Exegetical Commentary) and Galatians (Baker Exegetical Commentary).
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Table Of Contents

  • Contents
  • Preface...9
  • Abbreviations...13
  • 1. Thinking About The Study Of The New Testament...23
  • 2. The Synoptic Gospels....77
  • 3. Matthew....134
  • 4. Mark....169
  • 5. Luke...198
  • 6. John...225
  • 7. Acts...285
  • 8. New Testament Letters...331
  • 9. Paul: Apostle And Theologian...354
  • 10. Romans...391
  • 11. 1 And 2 Corinthians....415
  • 12. Galatians...456
  • 13. Ephesians....479
  • 14. Philippians....498
  • 15. Colossians...516
  • 16. 1 And 2thessalonians...532
  • 17. The Pastoral Epistles...554
  • 18. Philemon...588
  • 19. Hebrews....596
  • 20. James...619
  • 21. 1 Peter...636
  • 22. 2 Peter...654
  • 23. 1, 2, 3 John...669
  • 24. Jude....688
  • 25. Revelation...697
  • 26. The New Testament Canon...726
  • Scripture Index...744
  • Name Index...758
  • Subject Index...765

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Excerpt from: An Introduction to the New Testament (2nd Edition)

An Introduction to the New Testament---Second Edition People have been reading and studying the New Testament for as long as its documents have been in existence. Even before all twenty-seven canonical New Testament books were written, some found the interpretation of the available documents more than a little challenging (see the comment of 2 Pet. 3:15--16 regarding Paul). A distance of two millennia, not to mention changes of language, culture, and history, have not made the task any easier. The torrential outpouring of commentaries, studies, and essays across the centuries, all designed to explain---or in some cases, explain away---the New Testament documents, makes the task both easier and harder. It is easier because there are many good and stimulating guides; it is harder because the sheer volume of the material, not to mention its thoroughly mixed nature and, frequently, its mutually contradictory content, is profoundly daunting to the student just beginning New Testament study. This chapter provides little more than a surface history of a selection of the people, movements, issues, and approaches that have shaped the study of the New Testament. The student setting out to come to terms with contemporary study of the New Testament must suddenly confront a bewildering array of new disciplines (e.g., text criticism, historical criticism, hermeneutics), the terminology of new tools (e.g., form criticism, redaction criticism, discourse analysis, postmodern readings), and key figures (e.g., F. C. Baur, J. B. Lightfoot, E. P. Sanders). Students with imagination will instantly grasp that they do not pick up New Testament scrolls as they were dropped from an apostolic hand; they pick up a bound sheaf of documents, printed, and probably in translation. Moreover, the text itself is something that believers and unbelievers alike have been studying and explaining for two millennia. The aim here, then, is to provide enough of a framework to make the rest of this textbook, and a lot of other books on the New Testament, a little easier to understand. Chapter One Thinking about the Study of the New Testament PASSING ON THE TEXT At the beginning of his gospel, Luke comments that 'many others' had already undertaken to write accounts of Jesus (Luke 1:1--4). Although some scholars have argued that there was a long period of oral tradition before anything substantial about Jesus or the early church was written down, the evidence is against such a stance: the world into which Jesus was born was highly literate.1 From such a perspective, the existence of the documents that make up the New Testament canon is scarcely surprising. These documents were originally hand-written on separate scrolls. There is very good evidence that the writing was in capital letters, without spaces, and with very little punctuation. Printing was still almost a millennium and a half away, so additional copies were made by hand. In theory, this could be done by professional copiers: in a scriptorium, one man would read at dictation speed, several scribes would take down his dictation, and another would check each copy against the original, often using ink of a different color to make the corrections. This kind of professional multiplying of copies was labor-intensive and therefore expensive. Most early Christian copies of the New Testament were doubtless done by laypeople eager to obtain another letter by Paul or a written account of the life, ministry, death, and resurrection of Jesus. That brought the price down: Christians were investing their own time to make their own copies, and they were not having to pay large sums to professional scribes. On the other hand, the private copy made by an eager and well-meaning layperson was likely to include more transcriptional errors than copies made and checked in a scriptorium. How the New Testament canon came together is briefly discussed in the final chapter of this book. For the moment it is sufficient to observe that as the numbers of copies of New Testament documents multiplied, three formal changes were soon introduced. First, the scroll gave way to the codex, that is, to a book bound more or less like a modern book, which enabled readers to look up passages very quickly without having to roll down many feet of scroll. Second, increasingly (though certainly not exclusively) the capital letters (scholars call them 'uncials') gave way to cursive scripts that were messier but much more quickly written. And third, because the early church, even within the Roman Empire, was made up of highly diverse groups, it was not long before the New Testament, and in fact the whole Bible, was translated into other languages. These 'versions' of the Bible (as translations are called) varied widely in quality.2 There were no copyright laws and no central publishing houses, so there were soon numerous Latin versions, Syriac versions, and so forth, as individuals or local churches produced what seemed necessary for their own congregations. Today the printing press churns out thousands of identical copies. When each copy is written by hand, however, if the work is of substantial length, each copy will be a little different than all others because the accidental mistakes introduced by successive copying will not all congregate in the same place. The challenge of producing a copy that is perfectly true to the original soon multiplies. A slightly later Christian, making a copy of a copy, spots what he judges to be mistakes in the manuscript before him and corrects them in his fresh copy. Unfortunately, however, it is possible that some things he thought were mistakes were actually in the original. For instance, it is well known that there are many grammatical anomalies in the book of Revelation. The reason for this is disputed; there are three major theories and several minor ones. But a later copyist might well have thought that errors had been introduced by intervening copyists and 'corrected' them to 'proper' grammar---thereby introducing new errors. Two further 'accidents' of history and geography have helped to determine just what material has come down to us. First, just as the Roman Empire divided between East and West (stemming from the decision of Emperor Constantine to establish an eastern capital in what came to be called Constantinople), so also did the church. In the West, because it was not only the official language of Rome but also tended in time to squeeze out Greek as the lingua franca, Latin soon predominated in the church. Initially, there were many Latin versions, but toward the end of the fourth century, Damasus, Bishop of Rome, commissioned Jerome to prepare an official Latin version that would be widely distributed and sometimes imposed throughout the churches of the West. This Latin version, revised several times, became the Vulgate, which held sway in the West for a millennium. By contrast, Greek dominated in the East, in what eventually became the Byzantine Empire. Inevitably, Greek manuscripts were used and copied much more often under this linguistic heritage than in the West, until Constantinople fell to the Muslim Turks in 1453. Many Eastern scholars then fled West, bringing their Greek manuscripts with them---a development that helped to fuel both the Reformation and the Renaissance. Second, the material on which ancient books were written (i.e., their equivalent of paper) decomposed more readily in some climates than in others. The most expensive books were made of parchment, treated animal skin. Higher quality parchment was called vellum. More commonly, books were made of papyrus, a plant that grew plentifully in the Nile Delta. Papyrus has the constituency of celery or rhubarb. Long strips could be peeled off, pounded, and glued together to make sheets.

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Carson and Moo's volume is an excellent introduction to the New Testament. Each book of the New Testament is treated individually, with an emphasis on background issues such as date, author, audience, purpose and recent scholarly study, although a brief outline of the contents of each book is included. Especially helpful is the section explaining the unique contribution of each book. Additional chapters covering the synoptic gospels, Paul and the canon are included. The authors typically come to conservative evangelical conclusions, though they list out the differing views and arguments for and against. Though an academic volume, the book is intentionally kept at a readable length and style, and helpful for those wanting to study the background of individual books of the New Testament.
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  • Catalogue Code 228744
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  • Pages 784
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  • Category Biblical Studies
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  • Publisher Zondervan
  • Publication Date Aug 2005
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