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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (February 2, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310244951
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310244950
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 1.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,609 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Complete with an extraordinary array of visual illustrations, this book covers important topics needed for an introductory text in New Testament in a way that is both understandable and well-informed. It emphasizes many details that help students discover the biblical text in new ways they would rarely get on their own.” -- Craig S. Keener

About the Author

Gary M. Burge (PhD, King's College, Aberdeen University) is a professor of New Testament in the Department of Biblical and Theological Studies at Wheaton College and Graduate School, Wheaton, Illinois. Gary has authored a number of books, including Who Are God’s People in the Middle East? What Christians Are Not Being Told About Israel and the Palestinians; John and Letters of John in the NIV Application Commentary series; The New Testament in Antiquity (coauthored with Lynn Cohick and Gene Green); and the first three volumes in the Ancient Context, Ancient Faith series, The Bible and the Land and Jesus, the Middle Eastern Storyteller, and Encounters with Jesus. Gary specializes in the Middle East, its churches, and its history in the Hellenistic period.



Lynn H. Cohick (PhD in New Testament/Christian Origins, University of Pennsylvania) is professor of New Testament in the Department of Biblical and Theological Studies at Wheaton College and Graduate School, Wheaton, Illinois. Lynn has written Philippians in the Story of God Bible Commentary (Zondervan, 2013) and Ephesians in the New Covenant Commentary (Cascade, 2010), as well as Women in the World of the Earliest Christians (Baker Academic, 2009). She explores early Jewish/Christian relations in her book, Melito of Sardis: Setting, Purpose, and Sources (Brown Judaic Studies, 2000), and in several articles on women in Early Judaism and earliest Christianity. She and her husband reside in Wheaton, Illinois.

 

 



Gene L. Green (PhD, Kings College, Aberdeen University) professor of New Testament at Wheaton College and Graduate School. Before coming to Wheaton in 1996, he served for over a decade as professor of New Testament as well as Academic Dean and Rector of the Seminario ESEPA in San José, Costa Rica. He is the author of two commentaries in Spanish, 1 Pedro y 2 Pedro (Caribe) and 1 y 2 Tesalonicenses (Portavoz), and English commentaries on 1 and 2 Thessalonians (Pillar Series, Eerdmans) and 2 Peter and Jude (BECNT, Baker). His special research interest is the intersection of the Christian faith and cultures, both ancient and contemporary. Gene has pastored and taught in churches in the United States and Latin America since 1972. He also serves on the board of John Stott Ministries.

 

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Very nice binding, cover & paper/pages.
WStevenson
Its' coverage of historical background and cultural context is great and has inspired me to read other books covering this topic.
Richard Robinett
I would highly recommend this to anyone who wants to better understand the New Testament as they study their Bible.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By parkerj on January 11, 2014
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The New Testament in Antiquity: A Survey of the New Testament Within Its Cultural Contexts by Burge, Cohick and Green is an excellent resource for studying the New Testament. The book is labeled as, and probably largely used as, a textbook for college and seminary students, but I can attest to the fact that it is not limited to just classroom use. I am not in Bible College or Seminary and I found the book to be very beneficial. Much of our understanding of what is written in the Bible starts with understanding the contexts in which it was written. If we misunderstand, or misrepresent the original context we can come away with a warped and incorrect view of what a passage of Scripture actually says. This is where a New Testament survey is helpful for a better understanding of the Bible.

This book begins with a few introductory chapters that lay the groundwork for a better understanding of the New Testament. These chapters are: Studying the New Testament, The Historical Setting of the New Testament, The World of Jesus in His Jewish Homeland, The Mediterranean World of the Apostle Paul, Sources for the Story of Jesus, The Story of Jesus and The Teachings of Jesus. These chapters are helpful in viewing the big picture of the New Testament before the authors explore the individual books more closely. The introductory chapter briefly focuses on topics like our bias, the importance of context, knowing the land, knowing the history, and knowing the culture. These are vital for proper interpretation. One of the first things I noticed as I was working through these chapters is the amount of pictures, charts, maps and timelines. I do not believe that there are back to back pages in the entire book that are void of some form of visual help.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By HR Hamada on August 6, 2013
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pretty good 50 series or survey level (VERY basic) text. I have seen the print version. It's easy to understand, well written with alot of very good photos and sidebars. With a title like NTIA, I had hoped for a solid 100 level text or even a 200 level text.
I WOULD recommend the text in print form
The kindle edition however is rife with formatting errors, misspellings. There needs to be a "second edition" of the kindle version.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kristen Thomas-Arnold on July 14, 2014
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I thought this was a very interesting book and help for the class discussions in the New Testament (a survey class). I felt at times that it was bogged down with an unnecessary amount of ancient culture before getting to that which pertains to the New Testament writings. At times it also made a strange distinction between Judaism and Christianity, as if they were two separate religions that just happen to have a lot in common instead of one being derived from the other.

As stated in other reviews, the Kindle edition is tragic, with misspellings, double words and parts of words; as well as areas that are complete gibberish. It's still plenty usable and the vast majority of information is there, it is just frustrating to read through at times.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A. E. Russell on August 9, 2012
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This book is EXCELLENT. I am not seminary trained however, I do understand the need for exegesis and historical context when studying the bible for teaching/praeching purposes. This book has helped to bring into sharp focus several texts that I recently preached/taught. It paid for itself the first time I opened it and used it. I would recommend to anyone that wants to understand the historical context behind the biblical texts.
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By Corrie on December 22, 2012
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This book was pretty interesting. It has a lot of good information for anyone who is just starting to learn about the New Testament. I really enjoyed the extra pieces they put in the margins that just shared a little more about the culture and history or gave background to specific people mentioned in the text. My one complaint is that it would often direct me to "see text box above" or below or to the side, and there would be no text box there. Sometimes what it was referring to would be on a different page or couldn't be found at all.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By RuggedShark on March 17, 2012
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If you are studying the New Testament Bible and want a deeper understanding as well as a closer time-space link to the people, places, things, beliefs - this is a must have. You will really grow in your understanding of the life of Jesus and his mission.
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By Hipster on March 13, 2015
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WHAT?! This book is amazing. I had to get it for class and I find myself STILL referencing it when I am stumped or need information about a New Testament book. THE BEST!
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By Lorraine Brock on May 8, 2014
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This gives some good historical background that you will not find in most theology book and it is an easy read.
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More About the Author

Gary M. Burge (Ph.D., Aberdeen University, Scotland) is a professor of New Testament in the Department of Biblical & Theological Studies at Wheaton College and Graduate School near Chicago, IL. Gary also keeps an active speaking schedule (see www.garyburge.org). In addition he has accepted invitations to lecture in the Middle East, Africa, and Europe.

Gary has authored a number of books both on the New Testament and the Middle East. His theological works include commentaries on the Gospel and Letters of John, a textbook on the New Testament, four volumes explaining the cultural background of Jesus and the gospels, and technical volumes on the study of Johannine theology. His book Whose Land? Whose Promise? (2003; 2nd ed. 2013) won national awards as a critical analysis of the current Arab-israeli conflict from a Christian perspective. His recent Jesus and the Land (2010) is a theological examination of this same conflict. He has recently released Theological Questions Everyone Asks (2014) and A Week in the Life of a Roman Centurion (2015).


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