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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Kregel Academic & Professional (May 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0825425395
  • ISBN-13: 978-0825425394
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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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

Kenneth Berding (Ph.D., Westminster Theological Seminary) is associate professor of New Testament at Biola University. He is the author of What Are Spiritual Gifts?.

Matt Williams (Ph.D., Trinity International University) is associate professor of biblical studies and theology at Biola University. He is the author of several titles, including Two Gospels from One and (with Scot McKnight) The Synoptic Gospels: An Annotated Bibliography.

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I am exceptionally pleased with the quality of the book.
Heather
Excellent source for putting the New Testament into historical perspective to help with understanding of the New Testament Authors intent.
William Rice
Overall, this book will be an excellent resource for undergraduate NT courses and could even be used in similar settings in the church.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Barrett on July 1, 2008
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This New Testament survey is a very helpful addition amidst the many other choices available to readers. I went to a Christian University and wish that this book would have been used in my NT survey class. In fact, I think it may be more useful to college students than some of the the many other choices available to readers, such as Gundry or Elwell/Yarbrough. Fifteen NT scholars from twelve evangelical colleges and universities contributed to the volume, thus allowing professors who are proven teachers and scholars to present the material in a readable and challenging manner. The work is written especially for undergraduate students (by undergraduate professors) and seeks to emphasize and focus on the concerns of the nine NT authors. What is rather unique about this survey is that there is a clear motive by the authors/editors to connect the cares of the NT authors to the our lives today. There are multiple sidebars throughout the book that apply the biblical text to contemporary issues and concerns. You can certainly tell that the goal was not just to explain the text for the sake of knowledge but to deepen the readers' relationship with Jesus. Also included are many color maps, pictures and other helpful visual aids. Each chapter begins by asking and briefly answering "who, why, when, and where" questions and ends with a "key words for review." Overall, this book will be an excellent resource for undergraduate NT courses and could even be used in similar settings in the church. Highly recommended.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. S. Toccoli on June 24, 2008
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This New Testament survey is a welcome breath of fresh air. While there are multiple good surveys of the New Testament (e.g., Elwell and Yarbrough's volume), they tend to campout on (important) scholarly issues and thus either (a) spend little time addressing the text of the New Testament itself, or (b) write a lengthy and complicated volume that functions more as an survey to New Testament studies than to the New Testament itself. This, however, is not the case with What the New Testament Authors Really Cared About. The uniqueness and the value in this volume is that it seeks to introduce the New Testament in light of the scholarly discussions rather than through them. Instead, the complicated issues of "Who? Why? When? & Where?" are condensed to a one page summary intended to illuminate the given book and not to distract from it. Also, by asking, "What does _____ (insert the name of a New Testament author) really care about?" this work is able to develop the theology of the New Testament authors and books on an individual basis. Furthermore, the individual articles are written by undergraduate Bible professors who have been "field proven"--so to speak--as careful scholars and good communicators. The result of these three unique features is a volume that clearly articulates the emphasis of each individual author and book that is written to be accessible not just for scholars, but the undergraduate student. In other words, the result is a true example of a "New Testament Survey."
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Ronald E. Miller on September 24, 2008
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This book is unusual in that it really gives you the main point of the books of the New Testament. It is helpful in being organized by authors rather than by book order (this brings the Gospel of John, the Letters of John, and the Book of Revelation together). I find it to be accurate (I am a seminary graduate) and concise. I plan to use it in teaching a Bible Institute at our church, as the New Testament survey. This book really does get the main points across, I know many pastors and students who have a hard time summarizing what the Book of Ephesians is about, for instance, and yet it really is centered on a theme. The same goes for all of the New Testament. This book helps you to see that for yourself, and you will then have an easier time understanding the Bible as you read it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Thomas W. Klose on February 11, 2010
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I teach adult college students (usually over 25 most in their 30-early 50's). What I needed wasn't a major academic book to refer to (I also own Geisler's NT and EBS NT) but a book that could give me a quick overview of the author's perspective, audience, key points and specific events unique to the author and that writing.

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
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