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What the New Testament Authors Really Cared About: A Survey of Their Writings Paperback – May 30, 2008
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What the New Testament Authors Really Cared About is a fresh approach to understanding what is really important in the New Testament. This introductory survey concentrates on the most important themes of each book and letter in the New Testament. By asking what Matthew (or any other New Testament author) really cared about when he wrote, we discover what to pay attention to when we read, and why it makes a difference to us today.
• Chapters are organized around each of the nine New Testament authors and focus on what each author really cared about in order to emphasize their concerns—not ours.
• More than one hundred sidebars explore how New Testament authors might apply their writings to Christians today.
• One-page snapshots examine introductory issues (who, when, where, why), providing essential information in condensed form.
• Five maps and more than fifty color photographs bring biblical sites and culture to life.
What the New Testament Authors Really Cared About is a collaborative project involving fifteen New Testament scholars who teach undergraduate students and know their needs. The resulting resource is simple in format and intentionally shorter than other surveys.
Kenneth Berding, Ph.D., is associate professor of New Testament at Biola University. His books include Polycarp and Paul and What Are Spiritual Gifts? Rethinking the Conventional View.
Matt Williams, Ph.D., is associate professor of New Testament at Biola University. His publications include Two Gospels from One and Deeper Connections DVD Bible studies (The Parables of Jesus, The Miracles of Jesus, and The Prayers of Jesus).
About the Author
Matt Williams (PhD, Trinity International University) is professor of biblical and theological studies at Talbot School of Theology in La Mirada, California. His other publications include Two Gospels from One.
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Top Customer Reviews
The book is arranged by author not by order of the NT text. This helps you get into the thinking of the person who wrote more than one book and makes it easier to see key ideas being repeated or being expanded in other writings. It is well organized with answering Who, Why, When, Where questions at the beginning along with key ideas on the first page and several important verses from the text. Each key point is then developed further within that chapter. Pages are colorful and many photos that use a shadowing technique to make them "pop" off the page. Small little "post it notes" highlight a question or a thought provoking statement. At the end of each chapter are a list of key words found that were used in the text. The end of the book contains one page of notes from various chapters and a small index.
One thing that would be helpful is to add a small summary at the end of each chapter and/or each author to get the overall perspective of what has been covered. Although the book isn't designed this way, perhaps a link to a website to give additional information on the key words mentioned at the end of the text would be useful.
I would recommend this book for students who are not digging for academic depth, on a short semester (our class last for only 5 sessions of 4 hours each), and supplement for instructors as needed. What the New Testament Authors Really Cared About: A Survey of Their Writings
Most Recent Customer Reviews
First published in 2008, this second edition has been released to update the book on what is really important in the New Testament. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Dr Conrade Yap
It gives great insight into the New Testament and is an excellent book to always keep referring back to. Learning quite a bit from it.Published 12 months ago by QueenbRoseb
The book is a wonderful summery of the New Testament and historical context of each of the books of the NT. Breaks it down book by book in an easy to read manner.Published 15 months ago by Megan Kilian
But I can't. Truthfully, this text is no different from any 101 type text. It focus' on helping you memorize key terms, is blandly written and has a layout and tone similar to a... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Greg, the Cleaner
Excellent source for putting the New Testament into historical perspective to help with understanding of the New Testament Authors intent.Published 22 months ago by William Rice