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An Introduction to the New Testament

An Introduction to the New Testament

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Some introductions to the New Testament highlight the historical contexts in which the New Testament literature was written. This introduction gives particular attention to the social, cultural and rhetorical contexts of the New Testament authors and their writings.

Few introductions to the New Testament integrate instruction in exegetical and interpretive strategies with their customary considerations of authorship, dating, audience and message. This introduction capitalizes on the opportunities, introducing students to a relevant facet of interpretation with each portion of New Testament literature.

Rarely do introductions to the New Testament approach their task mindful of the needs of students preparing for ministry. This introduction is explicit in doing so, assuming as it does 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.

These integrative features alone would distinguish this introduction from others. But in addition, its pages brim with maps, photos, points of interest and aids to learning. Separate chapters 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.

This introduction by David A. deSilva sets a new standard for its genre and is bound to appeal to many who believe that the New Testament should be introduced as if both scholarship and ministry mattered.

Introduces the New Testament as if both scholarship and ministry mattered
Sets a new standard for its genre
Comprehensive
Features the social, cultural and rhetorical contexts of New Testament texts and authors
Introduces a variety of interpretative approaches
Discusses the implications of New Testament literature for ministry formation
Explores the historical and cultural environment of the New Testament era
Describes the nature of the Gospels
Addresses the quest for the historical Jesus
Examines the life of Paul
Brims with maps, photos, points of interest and aids to learning
- Publisher.

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Some introductions to the New Testament highlight the historical contexts in which the New Testament literature was written. This introduction gives particular attention to the social, cultural and rhetorical contexts of the New Testament authors and their writings.

Few introductions to the New Testament integrate instruction in exegetical and interpretive strategies with their customary considerations of authorship, dating, audience and message. This introduction capitalizes on the opportunities, introducing students to a relevant facet of interpretation with each portion of New Testament literature.

Rarely do introductions to the New Testament approach their task mindful of the needs of students preparing for ministry. This introduction is explicit in doing so, assuming as it does 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.

These integrative features alone would distinguish this introduction from others. But in addition, its pages brim with maps, photos, points of interest and aids to learning. Separate chapters 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.

This introduction by David A. deSilva sets a new standard for its genre and is bound to appeal to many who believe that the New Testament should be introduced as if both scholarship and ministry mattered.

Introduces the New Testament as if both scholarship and ministry mattered
Sets a new standard for its genre
Comprehensive
Features the social, cultural and rhetorical contexts of New Testament texts and authors
Introduces a variety of interpretative approaches
Discusses the implications of New Testament literature for ministry formation
Explores the historical and cultural environment of the New Testament era
Describes the nature of the Gospels
Addresses the quest for the historical Jesus
Examines the life of Paul
Brims with maps, photos, points of interest and aids to learning
- Publisher.
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David A. deSilva is professor of New Testament and Greek at Ashland Theological Seminary in Ohio.
- Publisher

The usual topics of New Testament introduction are integrated in this work with instruction in interpretative strategies and application to ministry formation. The layout includes numerous maps, photographs and text-boxes.
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Meet the Author

David A Desilva

David A. deSilva (PhD., Emory University) is Distinguished' Professor of New Testament and Greek at Ashland Theological Seminary in Ashland, Ohio. He is the author of numerous books including 4 Maccabees (Septuagint Commentary Series); the forthcoming 1 Peter (Rhetoric of Religious Antiquity Series), II Corinthians (New Covenant Commentary), Galatians (New International Commentary on the New Testament), Jude (Paideia Commentaries on the New Testament), Revelation (Socio-Rhetorical Commentaries), An Introduction to the New Testament: Contexts, Methods & Ministry Formation; Introducing the Apocrypha: Context, Message and Significance; New Testament Themes; Perseverance in Gratitude: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary on the Epistle to the Hebrews; Honour, Patronage, Kinship and Purity: Unlocking New Testament Culture, and The Hope of Glory: Honour Discourse and New Testament Interpretation. He holds ordination in the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church.
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Excellent introduction
4 stars By Vicki Lorrimar, Dec 19 2012
This text is useful for those who want an overview of the New Testament, suitable for first year seminary study or anyone who wants to further their understanding of the New Testament as a whole. A separate chapter on each book of the New Testament covers issues of authorship, genre, structure and message. Unlike many introductory texts, it goes beyond the academic to application, with a section for each book on how it relates to ministry formation. The book is filled with visual aids, and the level of detail is such that the reader won't get bored. Thought-provoking discussions and debates are highlighted, making it a generally good starting point for New Testament studies.
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  • Catalogue Code 210458
  • Product Code 1844740234
  • EAN 9781844740239
  • Pages 975
  • Department Academic
  • Category Biblical Studies
  • Sub-Category New Testament
  • Publisher Apollos
  • Publication Date May 2004
  • Sales Rank #1536
  • Dimensions 262 x 187 x 56 mm
  • Weight 1.853kg

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