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Introducing the New Testament: A Historical, Literary, and Theological Survey

Introducing the New Testament: A Historical, Literary, and Theological Survey

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This beautifully written and engaging survey offers an up-to-date New Testament introduction for undergraduate students and general readers. Powell presents disputed and controversial issues fairly, neither dictating conclusions nor privileging skepticism over faith-based perspectives.

The book is written in a lively and engaging style and includes helpful sidebars, maps, tables, charts, glossary, diagrams, and suggestions for further reading. In addition, this full-color book includes beautiful artwork illustrating the reception of the New Testament through various times and cultures. A companion Web site will feature a wealth of additional resources for students and instructors.



- Publisher "Beautifully presented, accessibly written, clearly organized, and attentive to the beginning student. Both students and faculty will benefit from engaging this book."--Stephen E. Fowl, professor of theology, Loyola College in Maryland"This splendid introduction to the New Testament is vivid, engaging, and designed to reach a broad audience. Its clear and accessible style invites contemporary readers into the biblical world, while the colorful graphics catch the eye and stimulate the imagination. Historical, literary, and theological questions are addressed in ways that invite readers to venture further into the scriptures. As a resource for teachers and students, it is excellent."--Craig R. Koester, professor of New Testament, Luther Seminary"Drawing on several decades of effective classroom teaching, Mark Allan Powell has produced the quintessential 'user-friendly' introduction to the New Testament, which should be a welcome addition to any New Testament teacher's pedagogical resources. Three features distinguish this introduction from most others in the field, and all of them serve to draw the reader into the world of the New Testament text in compelling and attractive ways. First, Powell encourages and empowers his readers to engage the issues raised by the New Testament documents and the solutions to those issues but without drawing definitive (and for the reader, perhaps premature) conclusions. Second, with stunning effect, Powell uses visual images (maps, historical photographs, and especially examples from the history of Christian art) both for their aesthetic appeal and as examples of the text's continuing influence on subsequent culture. Third, throughout the text Powell provides markers that point to a companion Web site that contains additional material for further study and reflection beyond the book and course. With Introducing the New Testament: A Historical, Literary, and Theological Survey, Mark Allan Powell has put student and teacher alike in his debt, and for this we are all grateful."--Mikeal C. Parsons, Kidd L. and Buna Hitchcock Macon Chair in Religion, Baylor University"Mark Allan Powell's Introducing the New Testament is a real gem, a true diamond, not in the rough but well polished. Like a diamond, it reflects the multifaceted beauty of the New Testament text. Like a diamond, it is a concentrate of years of scholarship. Like a diamond, it is a thing of beauty, with its artistic reproductions and useful illustrations. Like a diamond, it is valuable, with a wealth of information that is not readily available elsewhere in any one place."--Raymond F. Collins, Warren Blanding Professor of Religion emeritus, The Catholic University of America; visiting scholar, Brown University"Mark Allan Powell's Introducing the New Testament is just what today's students need: the length is right, the perspective balanced and fair, the choice of content perfect, the layout reader-friendly and attractive, and the author is a respected New Testament scholar and popular classroom teacher. Adopting this book as the primary text for introductory Bible courses (in a college, seminary, or church) is a no-brainer. I recommend it highly."--Craig A. Evans, Payzant Distinguished Professor of New Testament, Acadia Divinity College, Nova Scotia

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About "Introducing the New Testament: A Historical, Literary, and Theological Survey"

This beautifully written and engaging survey offers an up-to-date New Testament introduction for undergraduate students and general readers. Powell presents disputed and controversial issues fairly, neither dictating conclusions nor privileging skepticism over faith-based perspectives.

The book is written in a lively and engaging style and includes helpful sidebars, maps, tables, charts, glossary, diagrams, and suggestions for further reading. In addition, this full-color book includes beautiful artwork illustrating the reception of the New Testament through various times and cultures. A companion Web site will feature a wealth of additional resources for students and instructors.


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"Beautifully presented, accessibly written, clearly organized, and attentive to the beginning student. Both students and faculty will benefit from engaging this book."--Stephen E. Fowl, professor of theology, Loyola College in Maryland"This splendid introduction to the New Testament is vivid, engaging, and designed to reach a broad audience. Its clear and accessible style invites contemporary readers into the biblical world, while the colorful graphics catch the eye and stimulate the imagination. Historical, literary, and theological questions are addressed in ways that invite readers to venture further into the scriptures. As a resource for teachers and students, it is excellent."--Craig R. Koester, professor of New Testament, Luther Seminary"Drawing on several decades of effective classroom teaching, Mark Allan Powell has produced the quintessential 'user-friendly' introduction to the New Testament, which should be a welcome addition to any New Testament teacher's pedagogical resources. Three features distinguish this introduction from most others in the field, and all of them serve to draw the reader into the world of the New Testament text in compelling and attractive ways. First, Powell encourages and empowers his readers to engage the issues raised by the New Testament documents and the solutions to those issues but without drawing definitive (and for the reader, perhaps premature) conclusions. Second, with stunning effect, Powell uses visual images (maps, historical photographs, and especially examples from the history of Christian art) both for their aesthetic appeal and as examples of the text's continuing influence on subsequent culture. Third, throughout the text Powell provides markers that point to a companion Web site that contains additional material for further study and reflection beyond the book and course. With Introducing the New Testament: A Historical, Literary, and Theological Survey, Mark Allan Powell has put student and teacher alike in his debt, and for this we are all grateful."--Mikeal C. Parsons, Kidd L. and Buna Hitchcock Macon Chair in Religion, Baylor University"Mark Allan Powell's Introducing the New Testament is a real gem, a true diamond, not in the rough but well polished. Like a diamond, it reflects the multifaceted beauty of the New Testament text. Like a diamond, it is a concentrate of years of scholarship. Like a diamond, it is a thing of beauty, with its artistic reproductions and useful illustrations. Like a diamond, it is valuable, with a wealth of information that is not readily available elsewhere in any one place."--Raymond F. Collins, Warren Blanding Professor of Religion emeritus, The Catholic University of America; visiting scholar, Brown University"Mark Allan Powell's Introducing the New Testament is just what today's students need: the length is right, the perspective balanced and fair, the choice of content perfect, the layout reader-friendly and attractive, and the author is a respected New Testament scholar and popular classroom teacher. Adopting this book as the primary text for introductory Bible courses (in a college, seminary, or church) is a no-brainer. I recommend it highly."--Craig A. Evans, Payzant Distinguished Professor of New Testament, Acadia Divinity College, Nova Scotia
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Meet the Author

Mark Allan Powell

Mark Allan Powell (Ph.D., Union Theological Seminary, Richmond) is the Robert and Phyllis Leatherman Professor of New Testament at Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio. He is a leading biblical scholar and the author of numerous articles and books including Introduction to the New Testament; Loving Jesius; Giving to God; Mark: God's Grace in Action and What Is Narrative Criticism?

Table Of Contents

  • Preface
    1. The New Testament World
    2. The New Testament Writings
    3. Jesus
    4. The Gospels
    5. Matthew
    6. Mark
    7. Luke
    8. John
    9. Acts
    10. New Testament Letters
    11. Paul
    12. Romans
    13. 1 Corinthians
    14. 2 Corinthians
    15. Galatians
    16. Ephesians
    17. Philippians
    18. Colossians
    19. 1 Thessalonians
    20. 2 Thessalonians
    21. The Pastoral Letters: 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, Titus
    22. Philemon
    23. Hebrews
    24. James
    25. 1 Peter
    26. 2 Peter
    27. The Johannine Letters: 1 John, 2 John, 3 John
    28. Jude
    29. Revelation
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5 stars By mel, Aug 27 2013
this book is great it gives you a 3d view of the new testament in the new testament times, not only text, but culture in context and history in context it gives  a great overview of new testament books and times, highly recomended
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A better NT survey.
4 stars By David N., Aug 17 2013
After reading a number of NT surveys, I found this one to be the best. It offers information that is concise, up to date, and rich. It offers a brief outline of the main arguments regarding the NT, such as the 'Messianic Secret' and what Paul's thorn in the flesh was. If you're looking for a NT survey, and don't know which one to pick, pick this one.
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  • Catalogue Code 285375
  • Product Code 9780801028687
  • ISBN 080102868X
  • EAN 9780801028687
  • Pages 560
  • Department Academic
  • Category Biblical Studies
  • Sub-Category New Testament
  • Publisher Baker Book House
  • Publication Date Oct 2009
  • Sales Rank #991
  • Dimensions 241 x 184 x 33 mm
  • Weight 1.374kg

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