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A Brief Introduction to the New Testament Paperback – February 19, 2004

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"Ehrman has contributed a thorough, complete, and carefully devised introduction to the field of study . . . an accurate, yet nuanced, synthesis of the central issues in New Testament studies. The defining characteristic of A Brief Introduction is the degree of energy and imagination it invests in pedagogical sophistication. Perhaps no critical and historical introduction to the New Testament has ever been more "student friendly." Besides its wholesale investment in pedagogical sophistication, perhaps the greatest strength of the "Ehrman" method of New Testament introduction as a whole is its ability to introduce nascent Christianity in terms of where it had come from in its origins while also pointing toward what it would become in later centuries." -- C.D. Elledge, Gustavus Adolphus College, for Review of Biblical Literature


"An articulate and penetrating view into the background and texts of the New Testament."--Marianne Ferguson, Buffalo State College


About the Author

Bart D. Ehrman is at University of North Carolina.
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  • Paperback: 424 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (February 19, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195161238
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195161236
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.7 x 7.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,217,514 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Carlos J. Molestina on April 18, 2009
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This book is very well written and very interesting. As the title says this is an introduction, not an in depth study. Another reviewer claims to have found mistakes about the new testament within this book, I would like him to develope on that statement because this book is by one of the most respected scholars on the subject. I dare to take a guess and say that this reviewer is just not happy with the facts because these questions his faith and what he has taken as truth for a long time, but that is just my guess.
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My wife and I were scheduled to start a class at our church that is being taught by our new Rector. There was a requirement that we have the text / reference book for the class and it was expected to be available at the church book store in time.
It turned out that the book, A Brief Introduction to the New testament, is out of print. Amazon to the rescue! We found the book available, used, at 1/3 the new price. The book was delivered the day of the first class and on time. Not only that, but our "used" book must never have been cracked. It was in brand new condition. Outstanding! We have been doing well with it through the gospels, Acts, and Paul's letters. We will be wrapping up with Romans next week and all successful due to Amazon. Thank you.
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This book is a great introduction to the New Testament. If, like myself, you would like to read what scholars say about the New Testament, then this is the book for you. Bart Ehrman teaches at UNC-Chapel Hill, is an excellent scholar on the New Testament, and does, for me, a great job of being objective as a scholar on what a historian can conclude about the New Testament and I like his conclusions and how he comes up with his conclusions. It is good to read Ehrman side by side with Luke Timothy Johnson because Ehrman is a former Christian believer whereas Luke Timothy Johnson is a clear Christian believer. What I like about both men is that although they may or may not believe in the Christian God, they do wish to be good scholars and try to keep their opinions to being good scholars. Anyway, this is a great introduction to the New Testament and worth the time to learn from it.
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Bart Ehrman was a born again Christian and is a Professor of Theology. The more he studied the bible the more skeptical he became. He is an expert on the Bible but is a nonbeliever. I have read many of his books. Unless your a skeptic your self this may not be for you. He has a tendency to go over the average readers head. I as a former Minister knows where he comes from.
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I had to read this for a class. I have been going to church my entire life, but I have learned so many news facts about the Bible. This text would give you a new perspective on the New Testament and it would help you have a better understanding of the foundations of the New Testament!
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I liked this book because Dr. Ehrman wrote it at a level where a lay person such as myself could understand the material he covered. It is definitely not a book for casual reading but one where the material has been carefully researched and sources documented. The author did not give his personal opinion concerning the theology in the New Testament works he discussed nearly as much as he does in his other books I have read, which is appropriate for a book designed to be factual for use as a beginning textbook.
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A good overview that will enlighten just about anyone interested in the New Testament. It will bring a new understanding on the subject and will bring to light many things that your Sunday school teacher would not discuss. This book will encourage you to think and ask even more questions. It will also provide facts that the average person doesn't know about the worlds most widely read book. I will use this book often and encourage anyone to at least look it over, then you will be hooked by it's great academic discussions.
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By Phil on February 14, 2011
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A great book for delving into the New Testament. It is purely a historical look at it. Don't read this book if you are looking for a "faith-booster".
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