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The New Testament: A Student's Introduction Paperback – July 5, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-0072876017 ISBN-10: 0072876018 Edition: 5th

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Stephen L. Harris is Professor Emeritus of Humanities and Religious Studies at California State University, Sacramento, where he served ten years as department chair. A Woodrow Wilson Fellow, he received his M.A. and Ph.D. from Cornell University. A member of the American Academy of Religion and the Jesus Seminar, his publications include Understanding the Bible, The Old Testament: An Introduction to the Hebrew Bible, and The New Testament: A Student’s Introduction. He has also written books on geologic hazards, including Fire and Ice: The Cascade and Mono Lake Volcanoes, Agents of Chaos: Earthquakes, Volcanoes, and Other Geologic Hazards, and, for National Geographic Books, Restless Earth. He contributed the chapter on “Archaeology and Volcanism” to the new Encyclopedia of Volcanoes (Academic Press, 2000).
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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages; 5 edition (July 5, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0072876018
  • ISBN-13: 978-0072876017
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #251,707 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As a college religion teacher, I recommend this book.
Chuck Neely
It's written as a college text book, rather than a seminary book, so it's in a very easy to understand format, with important words bolded.
in Antioch
Text books are usually pretty awful, but I think that this book is actually pretty interesting and easy to read.
Raissa

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41 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Chuck Neely on August 6, 2000
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As a college religion teacher, I recommend this book. Its scholarship is first rate. The author, whose religious affiliation is unknown to me, presents a forceful analysis of early Christianity. I rate it highly as an introduction.
Yet I feel thatI should point out that it may be destructive of a young person's Christian faith-- if that person did not understand the disclaimer that the book is written from a scholar's point of view. In practice, what this means is that a scholar who deals with empirically verifiable historical entities can never affirm that genuine miracles have occurred in history. The best a scholar can affirm is that some Biblical writer "thought" a miracle occurred. But Christianity has always affirmed that it is witness to God's real inbreaking into human history, not just a witness to someone's mental projections of a God's inbreaking. A scholar can only say that the apostles "were convinced" that Jesus had risen, not that He acually was risen.
Another consequence, in my view, is that the scholar's approach forces the author to affirm that Christians did not believe in the divinity of Jesus until after Paul. Paul's Jewish monotheistic upbringing could not find a workable terminology to fully express Jesus' divinity without compromising monotheism: but not being able to articulate some idea is not the same as not having that idea.
Excepting the above remarks, the book certainly gives Christians a well rounded view of how the Risen Jesus began to influence the formation of the New Testament.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 19, 2003
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I have the 3rd edition. And, I found this book to be a godsend. It is clear and thorough, and relatively easy to read. It contains a lot of information, and generally conforms to mainstream points of view. There are a lot of books about the New Testament which are much more difficult to read. You can read this one straight-through, or just dip into particular chapters. Yes, it is not a book to reinforce faith; but, that's not its purpose. This is a book for the general reader or student. - WGL
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28 of 36 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 1, 1999
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This is a great introductary book for those who have little or no background in the study of the New Testament. The book is easy to read and comprehend. Almost anything you want to know about the NT is in this book, even the historical background! I had the pleasure of having Dr. Harris as my professor for the NT class and believe me, it was the most interesting class I had all semester.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Raissa on February 10, 2012
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I got this book for my Intro to New Testament class because it was required. Text books are usually pretty awful, but I think that this book is actually pretty interesting and easy to read. If someone just wanted to know more about the Bible and specifically the New Testament, this was definitely be a good resource.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By in Antioch on October 1, 2009
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This is a GREAT book. It's written as a college text book, rather than a seminary book, so it's in a very easy to understand format, with important words bolded. This edition is also re-organized from previous editions, so it's in better order.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amanda L. Sanchez on February 6, 2010
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Its a great book I used the same author for my class for my old testament as literature class. I have enjoyed both the New and the Old Testament books. Great Author
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Robinson on April 5, 2008
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Excellent book for introduction to the New Testament and seminary students. This book was recommended by a Princeton graduate and NT scholar.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cole Peake on June 4, 2014
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I bought this book for a class and was so impressed with its impact on my understanding of the New Testament that I decided to purchase Harris' guide to the Old Testament for private study. A lot of this information might be challenging to people who are strictly adherent to some Biblical traditions. If you need to believe that Paul wrote every one of the letters assigned to him in order to feel like they have spiritual relevance for your life, for instance, this book might not be for you. Personally, I found the information presented to help me understand the context in which scripture was written, and feel like my appreciation of what the New Testament has to say was greatly deepened as a result.
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