History, Literature, and Theology
6.0" x 9.0" (15.24 x 22.86 cm)
Black & White on White paper
This book is a really short yet critical introduction to the New Testament.
This book is primarily for first-year seminary students who struggle to find much time to read and understand thick textbooks. Many adult students come to seminary to take classes in the night or on weekends after working full time. To them, a brief yet critical textbook is needed so that they may not lose interest in the study of the New Testament. This book serves that purpose. It can be used along with other “traditional textbooks.”
Three introductory chapters deal with preliminary questions regarding New Testament study, the New Testament world, and the synoptic problem. Then the books of the New Testament will be briefly analyzed with a focus on historical, literary aspects of the text. The historical context of each writing is taken seriously, and theological emphases of different writings will be pointed out. After a critical presentation of the material, there is a section of group discussion that will stimulate further study. For example, after a brief introduction to Mark, there is a group discussion. As Mark 10:45 will be read carefully, the engaging questions are as follows: “What are the significance of the cross and the crucifixion of Jesus? What brought him to death? Does his death have to do with the forgiveness of sins? Is Jesus’ death necessary in Mark?”
- What is Bible?
- What is New Testament?
- Do We Have the Original Text of the New Testament?
- What is the New Testament About?
- What Kind of Writings are in the New Testament?
- What is the Gospel?
- Which Jesus Do We Study?
- How Can We Read the New Testament?
- What are Some Methods of Reading the New Testament?
- What is New Testament Theology?
- Was Jesus a Christian or God?
- Was Paul a Christian?
- Why was the New Testament Written in Greek?
- What Kind of World Was Behind the New Testament?
- What Happened to the Formation of New Testament Canon?