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Archaeology and the New Testament Hardcover – January 1, 1991


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John McRay (PhD, University of Chicago) is professor emeritus of New Testament and archaeology at Wheaton College Graduate School in Wheaton, Illinois. He is the author of Paul: His Life and Teaching and coauthor of Bible Archaeology. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Academic (January 1, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801062675
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801062674
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 7.2 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #787,178 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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48 of 53 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 7, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Although a scholarly, the author has done an excellent job of thoroughly presenting the current state of the archaeology of the New Testament in a manner both the scholar and layman will find approachable and thrilling.
The author handles all significant topics of New Testament archaeology from the life of Christ to the missionary journeys of the Apostle Paul in a systematic manner. For example, the author discusses and illustrates where Christ was templed by the devil from the pinnacle of the temple. In another example, fascinating pictures of 1st century life come alive through discussions of the dates and events that occured as Paul lived and shared the word of God with people at the various cities on his journeys. This weaving of biblical passages with the archaeological data make the book readable and sheds new light on the Bible and the historical sites.
There are detailed discussions of the city planning, civic centers, housing, commercial activities, entertainment, and the methods and difficulties of travel in the Roman world. There is a special chapter on archaeology and ancient documents.
The book is very well illustrated and includes detailed maps of most archaeological sites. There are many photographs and numerous Endnotes for further study.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By gary van on April 15, 2001
Format: Hardcover
After reading Archeology and the Old Testament by Hoerth, this book fills out the needed holes. For a newcomer to the field of archeology this book helps to understand some of the basics. Very well put together and infromative. The development of ideas is clear and insightful. This book is a winner, and I recommend this for any student of the Bible who seeks to teach the Word of God in it's context. You will find yourself quoting from this book in your sermons!!! Gary Van Daele
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By William T. Brewer on January 27, 2006
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McRay's intent for Archaeology and the New Testament is to provide a one-volume introductory book with "up-to-date archaeological site information along with important information about the overall archaeological enterprise."

The latter includes "the methodology of excavation, the nature of period cultural institutions, the contributions of archaeology to our understanding of the transmission of the New Testament text, and the primary sources that allow the reader to expand understanding of special interests." McRay is decidedly not interested in producing "an encyclopedia of archaeological sites" and has consciously chosen to omit sites that are relatively unimportant "to the task of illustrating and understanding the message of the New Testament." He does not intend to "prove" the New Testament or solve problems that arise between archaeology and the study of the New Testament. Rather, his purpose is to "provide information that will enable others to better understand and apply biblical teaching." He includes the sociological concerns of present-day archaeology but leaves the associated analyses to others. McRay's hope is to stimulate readers to "further research, reflection, and respect for the New Testament as the historical revelation of the Word of God."

According to Wheaton College sources, John McRay retired from there in July 2002 where he had taught archaeology on the graduate level for more than thirty years. (Wheaton is distinctive in being one of the few American evangelical colleges that offers a graduate program in archaeology.) During his career, McRay served as a consultant to National Geographic Magazine and as a board member of three archaeological societies.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on June 12, 2000
Format: Hardcover
An up to date discussion of the more important archaeological finds relevant to New Testament studies. Packed with social and cultural insights and written clearly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joelice on November 2, 2013
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The book is very well written and documented. More of the focus of the book deals with geography and archaelogical related discovery from the NT times and Greco-Roman times. The downside is the overemphasis on conservative reading of the Bible and maybe too much interpretation than hard facts. He clearly assumes conservative evangelical position and "here and there" we see some convenient interpretation instead of the unbiased discovery. But still is very exhaustive and modern updated with the ongoing archaeological surveys in the Near East and NT.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By gary van on April 15, 2001
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After reading Archeology and the Old Testament by Hoerth, this book fills out the needed holes. For a newcomer to the field of archeology this book helps to understand some of the basics. Very well put together and infromative. The development of ideas is clear and insightful. This book is a winner, and I recommend this for any student of the Bible who seeks to teach the Word of God in it's context. You will find yourself quoting from this book in your sermons!!! Gary Van Daele
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