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Reading the New Testament Today Paperback – July 26, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-0534541804 ISBN-10: 0534541801 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning; 1 edition (July 26, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0534541801
  • ISBN-13: 978-0534541804
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Part I: INTRODUCING THE NEW TESTAMENT TODAY. 1. Introducing the New Testament. 2. Ways of Reading the New Testament Today. 3. The Jewish Matrix of the New Testament. 4. The Greco-Roman Matrix of the New Testament. Part II: GOSPEL PORTRAITS OF JESUS. 5. Introduction to the Gospels. 6. The Gospel of Mark: Following Jesus, the Suffering Messiah. 7. The Gospel of Matthew: Following Jesus, the Lord of a Diverse Church. 8. The Gospel of Luke: Following Jesus, the Savior of the World. 9. The Gospel of John: Following Jesus, the Eternal Son of God. Part III: AN EARLY CHRISTIAN HISTORY. 10. The Acts of the Apostles: The Church from Jerusalem to Rome. Part IV: PAUL AND THE PAULINE TRADITION. 11. Introduction to Paul and the Pauline Tradition. 12. 1 Thessalonians, 1 and 2 Corinthians: Letters to Greek Churches. 13. Galatians and Romans: Life in Faith. 14. Philippians and Philemon: Letters from Prison. 15. 2 Thessalonians, Colossians, Ephesians: The Pauline Tradition. 16. 1-2 Timothy and Titus: Pastoral Letters to Guide the Pauline Churches. Part V: CATHOLIC/GENERAL LETTERS AND REVELATION. 17. Hebrews, James, 1 Peter, Jude, 2 Peter: The Catholic/General Letters. 18. 1-3 John: the Johannine Community in Conflict. 19. Revelation: the Flowering of Christian Apocalyptic. Part VI: AFTER THE NEW TESTAMENT. 20. Christian Origins after the New Testament.

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Dr. Robert E. Van Voorst, Professor of New Testament Studies at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigan, and former professor of religion at Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, has written frequently on religious studies in noted journals and reference works. In addition, he has authored numerous books, including six with Cengage Learning: RELG: WORLD, 2nd Edition; READINGS IN CHRISTIANITY, 3rd Edition; ANTHOLOGY OF WORLD SCRIPTURES, 8th Edition; ANTHOLOGY OF WORLD SCRIPTURES: EASTERN RELIGIONS; ANTHOLOGY OF WORLD SCRIPTURES: WESTERN RELIGIONS; and READING THE NEW TESTAMENT TODAY, now also in a Chinese version. Other books by Van Voorst include BUILDING YOUR NEW TESTAMENT GREEK VOCABULARY, 3rd Edition; THE ASCENTS OF JAMES, a recovery and commentary on a second-century Jewish-Christian document; and JESUS OUTSIDE THE NEW TESTAMENT, an examination of traditions about Jesus from ancient classical and Jewish documents, now also in Italian.

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Robert Van Voorst pursued doctoral study in religion at Union Theological Seminary in New York City while he served as a minister in the Reformed Church in America. In 1989 he became a professor of religion at Lycoming College in Pennsylvania. In 1997 he was a visiting professor in the University of Oxford, where he researched and lectured on the relationship of Christianity and Judaism.

Now a professor at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigan, Dr. Van Voorst researches and teaches primarily in the New Testament and early Christianity, and secondarily on world religions. He writes frequently in a variety of scholarly journals and has contributed articles to leading reference works, including the New Interpreter's Dictionary of the Bible (Abingdon Press). In the spring of 2012 he was interviewed for a Discovery Channel documentary on Jesus, and in December of 2012 he was interviewed on National Public Radio (NPR) on the birth of Jesus. He is the author or co-author of twelve books, including textbooks in religious studies drawing on his teaching experience.

His "Anthology of World Scriptures," now in its eighth edition, is the most widely-used anthology in religious studies classes in the United States. One of his research monographs, "Jesus Outside the New Testament," examines traditions about Jesus from pagan, Jewish, and Christian documents before and after the New Testament and has been published in Italian. His "Reading the New Testament Today" textbook has been translated and published in China, where it is used in Chinese universities that have newly-founded programs in religious studies. He recently authored a new college textbook introducing world religions with the 4LTR Press imprint of Cengage Learning, entitled "RELG: World." A second edition of RELG: World will be published in October of 2013. The third edition of his "Readings in Christianity" textbook will be published in December of 2014.

Dr. Van Voorst is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature and Tyndale Fellowship, an international association of researchers based in the University of Cambridge, England. He also serves on the board of the West Michigan Academic Consortium for Inter-religious Understanding. He has been named for twenty years to "Who's Who in America" and "Who's Who in the World" (both Marquis publications) for his contributions to the field of religious studies.

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