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Encountering the New Testament: A Historical and Theological Survey (Encountering Biblical Studies) Hardcover – March 1, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-0801028069 ISBN-10: 080102806X Edition: 2nd

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  • Series: Encountering Biblical Studies
  • Hardcover: 446 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Academic; 2nd edition (March 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080102806X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801028069
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.3 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,763 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Walter A. Elwell (Ph.D., University of Edinburgh) is emeritus professor of biblical and theological studies at Wheaton College. He has edited numerous biblical reference works, including the Baker Theological Dictionary of the Bible and the Evangelical Dictionary of Theology.

Robert W. Yarbrough (Ph.D., University of Aberdeen) is professor of New Testament at Covenant Theological Seminary and coeditor of the Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament series.

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Easy read and very informative.
Tammy Legates
Overall, I would highly recommend this book for those who want a better understanding of the NT books.
theologicalresearcher
Certainly 5 star quality book and CD.
Terry Kee

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By theologicalresearcher on February 22, 2007
Format: Hardcover
If you're a pastor, seminary student, or a layperson who needs a good, informative, and easy to read introduction to the New Testament then this book will be perfect for you. Many NT introductions/surveys that are out there are either 1) too technical and academic, or 2) liberal/modernist. This introduction is solidly evangelical, easy to understand, and academic enough for even the novice biblical scholar.

The strength of the book is that it does not survey each of the books in the New Testament chapter by chapter but by topics of significance in each book. For instance, when the authors talk about the message of Galatians they do not discuss what each of the 6 chapters discusses but about what Paul says about the nature of the gospel, law and grace, etc. (though Acts is an exception). Pretty much everything is covered regarding each book (authorship, date, place of writing, etc.).

Another feature of the book that will attract more novice pastors and students of the Bible is the colourful pictures that are abundantly printed in the book. Though some may find this comical, I think it added to the charm of this book. Pictures, graphs, maps, etc. help readers understand the background of each of the NT books better.

Finally, one other thing I really liked about this book is that the authors discuss side-issues related to the NT. The chapters on NT criticism (chap. 10), the historical Jesus Christ controversies (chaps. 8 and 12), and the teachings of Paul the Apostle (chap. 17) are well written, informative, and orthodox. I would say that these chapters alone are worth about half of the price of the book alone. Sure, the authors could have written more deeply on these chapters but the intended audience demanded that they do not go too deeply in these matters.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Terry Kee on October 16, 2005
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I bought this book at the recommendation of a friend and certainly not disappointed. It contains beautiful charts, photos and good summaries for review. The free interactive CD that comes with it is even better.

Certainly 5 star quality book and CD.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By James R. Horton Jr. on November 3, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book makes a classic presentation from a theologically conservative viewpoint of the books of the New Testament. Chapters include why to study the New Testament, reviews of each NT book concerning authorship, date of writing, location where it was written, to whom it was written, and most important, why it was written, highlighting the various themes each book stresses. In addition, several chapters address the nature and presuppositions of modern critical (liberal) scholarship, and thus why it differs from traditional understandings. The writing style is clear and easy to read. Each book comes with a CD-ROM disk that can help the student understand and review the text. If one accepts the book's theological slant, it is excellent. Otherwise one will consider it's positions archaic and simplistic, in spite of its justifications for the traditional views.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Animal on July 18, 2011
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I have thoroughly enjoyed the study and reading of this book. I also took the time to answer the questions posed at the end of each chapter. The study of New Testament survey gave me a detailed glimpse into the background of each individual book contained within the New Testament. This book shared with me insight into the authorship, the date, and the place of which they were written. It also gave me insight into what life was like during the time these God-inspired books were written. Perhaps more importantly, it also shared with me as to why these books were written by men who had such zeal for Christ that they were willing to count the cost, even if it meant certain death at the hands of their persecutors.

As a believer preparing for full time ministry as a missionary overseas, I was most struck by this book's description of Paul's life and his numerous missionary journeys. Paul took at least three missionary journeys for certain, but possibly several more. His overwhelming love for Christ and his desire to see others saved from the eternal torments of hell is what drove Paul all across the Roman world. Like all New Testament believers, Paul was willing to suffer persecution, torture, and suffering, all for the sake of the cross. What a great model of inspiration Paul is to not only me, but for all believers who are charged with the task of sharing the Gospel to the end of the earth.

Finally, it is my hope from the knowledge that I have gained from the completion of this book, that God will use it not for selfish ambition or gain, but solely for the purpose to glorify God, especially amongst the people that God will place in my path. I have indeed learned much, and I look forward to sharing this knowledge in my Bible studies amongst the Roma people of Albania, where my family and I will soon begin serving.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Barb Boswell on May 9, 2007
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I found this to be a very nice overview of the New Testament. It contains many photographs, maps, and other visuals that break up the text. This was the required textbook for my graduate NT Survey class, but I would consider it more appropriate for undergrad or even high school. If you are looking for something meaty, I would say this is not the book for you. If you are looking for a pleasant, sweeping survey of the NT, then you will likely enjoy this book.
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