NEW TESTAMENT IN ITS WORLD HB
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- ISBN 9780281082711
- Author WRIGHT & BIRD
- Pub Date 01/01/2019
The two series of books by N. T. Wright, Christian Origins and the Question of God and The New Testament for Everyone, constitute a mixture of academic and popular writing that has proved hugely influential among Christian students and general reader
Winner of Christian Resources Together Award 2021 - Bible reference book of the year!
The two series of books by N. T. Wright, Christian Origins and the Question of God and The New Testament for Everyone, constitute a mixture of academic and popular writing that has proved hugely influential among Christian students and general readers of all denominations. This introduction to the New Testament draws on and supplements key parts of those books to create a lively, student-friendly textbook for use in seminaries and universities throughout the world.
The inclusion of full-colour maps, diagrams, charts and photos, along with special features on key issues of interpretation and major theological topics, will ensure that this introduction fully meets the needs of a new generation of Bible students. It will also prove invaluable to church leaders, homegroups and others who want to better understand the foundation documents of the faith and how we can best interpret and apply them to today.
As reviewed by Dr. Stephen McQuoid in March 2020- 'In truth there is more to this book than meets the eye. Firstly, it is mostly written by NT Wright and secondly much of the content has appeared before in many of his writings. Essentially Bird had suggested to SPCK that the vast scholarship of NT Wright which was displayed in his ‘Christian Origins’ series should be pulled together in the genre of a New Testament Introduction, hence the production of this book. What we have ended up with is a compact (if indeed a 900 plus page book could be described as compact) introduction to the New Testament which makes for great reading to anyone who wants to get to grips with the material.
In assessing the book I will begin with my one complaint, and that is that Wright’s conclusions are not as conservative as I would have liked (eg. On the issue of authorship etc). As with other works by Wright, some lowly mortals like myself tend to be a little disquieted by some of his direction of travel. That said, there is so much in this book that is admirable and enjoyable. Firstly, despite being an example of very impressive scholarship, it is also very readable. Moreover, it is presented brilliantly, replete with pictures, diagrams and presentational touches that make it extremely accessible. Then the content itself is well worth reading. He begins with an assessment of how to read the New Testament before going on to look at the world that Jesus and the early church inhabited. As ever his insights and both helpful and enlightening. Then he looks at the state of historical Jesus studies in which he derives meaning from many of the sayings and actions of Jesus. Paul is next for Wright’s attention as he looks at the Greco Roman background to New Testament thought. The mid-section of the book is an introduction to each individual book of the New Testament discussing the usual issues of setting, authorship and content. Wright then finishes off with a description of how the New Testament came together and an assessment of some of the key questions involved with this.
This is a big book and not for the feint hearted. However, if you wanted a readable yet substantial and contemporary Introduction to the New Testament, you would be hard pressed to find anything better. Yes, read with discernment, but appreciate Wrights vast scholarship and lucidity as one of the leading biblical scholars of our generation.'
Hardcover: 960 pages
Publisher: SPCK Publishing (19 Nov. 2019)
Product Dimensions: 24 x 6.7 x 16.9 cm