Critical Introduction to the New Testament Interpreting the Message and Meaning of Jesus Christ

ISBN-10: 0687085691
ISBN-13: 9780687085699
Edition: 2005
Authors: Carl R. Holladay
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Description: This book introduces the New Testament in two senses: it not only provides basic literary and historical information on each of the twenty-seven writings but also orients readers to the religious, theological, and ethical issues related to the  More...

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List price: $56.99
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Abingdon Press
Publication date: 5/1/2005
Binding: Mixed Media
Pages: 640
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.75" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 2.486
Language: English

This book introduces the New Testament in two senses: it not only provides basic literary and historical information on each of the twenty-seven writings but also orients readers to the religious, theological, and ethical issues related to the message and meaning of Jesus Christ. The overall goal is to help interested readers of the New Testament become informed, responsible interpreters of these writings and thereby enrich their personal faith and understanding.By giving special emphasis to how the New Testament has helped shape the church's identity and theological outlook throughout the centuries, as well as the role it has played within the broader cultures of both East and West, this introduction also seeks to assist readers in exercising creative, informed leadership within their own communities of faith and in bringing a deeper understanding of early Christianity to their conversations with the wider public.Along with separate chapters devoted to each New Testament writing, there are chapters explaining how this collection of texts emerged as uniquely authoritative witnesses to the church's faith; why they were recognized as canonical whereas other early Christian writings were not; how the four canonical Gospels are related to one another, including a discussion of the Synoptic Problem; how the Jesus tradition--his teachings, stories from his ministry, and the accounts of his suffering, death and resurrection--originated and developed into Gospels written in narrative form; and how the Gospels relate to Jesus Christ as he was and is.Also included is a chapter on the writings of Paul and how they emerged as a collection of authoritative texts for the church. This chapter includes a discussion of ancient letter-writing, special considerations for interpreting the Pauline writings, and Paul's decisive influence within the history of the church and western culture.A distinctive feature of this introduction is its simultaneous publication in two versions.There is a standard, printedversion with comprehensive yet detailed coverage of each writing and supplementary chapters on related introductory questions. There is also anexpanded CD-ROM version, which gives fuller treatment (and supporting endnotes) to numerous issues introduced in the printed version; provides extensive, annotated bibliographies on each chapter; and includes additional maps, diagrams, charts, and other resources for classroom use and personal study.

Theology and scripture
The New Testament as theological writings
The shape of the canon
The Gospels : narrative traditions about Jesus
Relating the Gospels to each other
From Jesus to the Gospels
From the Gospels to Jesus
The Gospel of Mark
The Gospel of Matthew
The Gospel of Luke
The Gospel of John
The story of Jesus continued : the Church's origin and expansion
The acts of the apostles
The Pauline letters and Hebrews
Reading the Pauline letters
The Thessalonian letters
The Corinthian letters
Galatians
Romans
Philippians
Philemon
Colossians
Ephesians
The pastoral letters
Hebrews
The Catholic letters
Introduction to the Catholic letters
James
First Peter
Introduction to Jude and second Peter
Jude
Second Peter
The letters of John
Jesus in the apocalyptic imagination
Revelation
The formation of the New Testament canon
The Christian scriptures : witnesses to Christ and the church's faith

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