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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 542 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; 4 New edition (July 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310238250
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310238256
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 1.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #264,370 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'“Professor Gundry’s 4th edition continues to be the preferred textbook for an undergraduate New Testament survey course. Gundry’s ‘Further Discussion’ recommendations at the end of each chapter have facilitated many lively discussions in the classroom. A wonderful feature of this textbook is the ‘How Much Did You Learn?’ questions, which I require students to answer in a notebook, along with keeping key definitions from the textbook. With the new images and maps, this new edition will continue to guide undergraduate students through the strange world of first century Palestine for many generations to come. I recommend its use wholeheartedly.” Spring Arbor University -- Brian Lugioyo

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The 4th edition of this widely used guide to reading and interpreting the New Testament

This revised edition of Gundry’s survey of the New Testament goes beyond providing background information and technical introductory material and leads students to read the New Testament itself. Whenever possible general questions of introduction and background are tied to assigned readings covering the entire New Testament. In addition, comments on these readings help students with interpretation and follow the flow of thought from one passage to another.

Features include: • New design with four-color format and more photos and improved maps • Chapters begin with list, of study goals and end with summary, overview and of people, places, terms to remember, and review questions • Outlines, section headings, subheadings, and bolded items make it easy to follow structure of discussion • Phonetic pronunciations for unfamiliar names and terms • Breakouts with illustrative quotes from ancient, nonbiblical literature • Discussion questions on the contemporary relevance of the New Testament • Updated bibliographies • Conservative evangelical theological perspective also notes other positions and literature

Customer Reviews

I am a bit disappointed that the index of this book is three pages long.
Jennifer
I have read a few New Testament survey textbooks and Robert H. Gundry does a GREAT job of presenting complex material in a simple manner.
John316
It is even great for the serious student of the Bible that loves learning about the deeper levels of the Bible.
Larry Pittman

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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Chip Webb on December 21, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Zondervan's entry in the NT survey textbook field has many features to commend it: an opinionated evangelical scholar who writes well and is not afraid to share his conclusions even while acknowledging other viewpoints, a good number of photos and illustrations (thank you, Zondervan), and a good size for either a one-semester or two-semester survey course. The bibliographies feature some good selections for further reading.

Gundry is at his best in the early background chapters of the book. While much more could be given by way of background, Gundry does a relatively good job of providing a brief, concise overview of several topics. His chapters on the gospels and Acts are suitably detailed.

Nonetheless, there are significant flaws. First, the level of detail drops off dramatically when Gundry gets to Paul's epistles. Second, Gundry occasionally promotes some ... well, interesting (to be charitable) but uncommon viewpoints, as in his comments regarding the author of the Gospel of John's calculation of time. (Gundry's system puts Jesus on the cross in the early morning hours even though he admits that this would not have been a standard reckoning of time.)

The book's biggest drawback, though, comes from its narrow perspective: Gundry only in the briefest sense touches upon current issues in biblical criticism. Consequently, the reader gets a good sense of some of the traditional views (particularly those common to non-denominational evangelicalism) but is given little sense of other traditional views or contemporary challenges to those views. For example, Gundry rarely tackles challenges to traditional views of authorship, and when he does so, it's in the most superficial sense imaginable.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 2, 2000
Format: Hardcover
The book is an excellent survey of the New Testament text. The book presents various opinions on issues presented that are relevant to the study of the New Testament such as the various types of higher criticism. The book also highlights many of the important theological themes throughout the New Testament from an orthodox evangelical prespective. I have gone through the book three times now and I have benefited from reading it every time. The book presents a historically accurate and orthodox survey of the New Testament. This has been confirmed to me by reading various books on Church history such as "The Story of Christian Theology" by Roger Olson and "Gods Peoples" by Spickard & Cragg.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 31, 1999
Format: Hardcover
An excellent book that sets out explains to the reader the history of the New Testament as well as carries on a dialogue with the text itself in which the book focuses on theology, major themes, and background for the reader to better understand the text. A fantastic feature of this book is that it contains many different points of view on the various subjects. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wishes to read an Orthodox survey of the New Testament.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer on March 25, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I am a bit disappointed that the index of this book is three pages long. There is a ton of info but you can't access it easily unless you want to spend countless hours flipping pages or trying to practice your photographic memory skills. The Glossary of Pronunciations is longer!! I realize this is a textbook but I have read other textbooks on the New Testament that were easier to digest. I do like the end of chapter study guides and discussion but you get 5 stars on the snooze factor for the format.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By William L. Keahi on February 18, 2006
Format: Hardcover
As far as "textbooks" go, Gundry shows mercy on students by making a textbook that I actually look forward to reading. I have no problems with the book whatsoever but I just could not bring myself to give a "textbook" 5 stars. First, the pictures he uses -and there are a lot of them- really bring the New Testament-times scenery to life. Especially considering my Old Testament Survey class textbook was all black-and-white...uh, can you say bo-ring? Also, I like the way the chapters begin with study goals so that while you read the chapter, you always have in mind the main points to remember. The chapters all end with a list of the "People [and Terms] to Remember" which is a great study tool as well as the discussion questions. There's also a list of references "For Further Investigation" listed each chapter's end that comes in real handy when searching for sources for a research paper.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Harold Cameron on October 27, 2012
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"The 4th edition of this widely used guide to reading and interpreting the New Testament

This revised edition of Gundry's Survey of the New Testament goes beyond providing background information and technical introductory material and leads students to read the New Testament itself. Whenever possible general questions of introduction and background are tied to assigned readings covering the entire New Testament. In addition, comments on these readings help students with interpretation and follow the flow of thought from one passage to another.

Features include:
* New design with four-color format and more photos and improved maps
* Chapters begin with list, of study goals and end with summary, overview and of people, places, terms to remember, and review questions
* Outlines, section headings, subheadings, and bolded items make it easy to follow structure of discussion
* Phonetic pronunciations for unfamiliar names and terms
* Breakouts with illustrative quotes from ancient, non biblical literature
* Discussion questions on the contemporary relevance of the New Testament
* Updated bibliographies
* Conservative evangelical theological perspective also notes other positions and literature" (From the Zondervan Website)

About the Author: Robert H. Gundry (PhD, Manchester) is a scholar-in-residence and professor emeritus of New Testament and Greek at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. Among his books are Mark: A Commentary on His Apology for the Cross; Matthew: A Commentary on His Handbook for a Mixed Church Under Persecution, Soma in Biblical Theology, and Jesus the Word According to John the Sectarian.
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Robert H. Gundry (PhD, Manchester) is a scholar-in-residence and professor emeritus of New Testament and Greek at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. Among his books are Mark: A Commentary on His Apology for the Cross; Matthew: A Commentary on His Handbook for a Mixed Church Under Persecution, Soma in Biblical Theology, and Jesus the Word According to John the Sectarian.

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