- Hardcover: 976 pages
- Publisher: B&H Academic; 7.2.2009 edition (August 1, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0805443657
- ISBN-13: 978-0805443653
- Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 1.8 x 10.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 59 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #209,807 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Cradle, the Cross, and the Crown: An Introduction to the New Testament 7.2.2009 Edition
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About the Author
Andreas J. Köstenberger is professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology and director of Ph.D. Studies at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (SEBTS) in Wake Forest, North Carolina. He also serves as editor for the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society (JETS).
L. Scott Kellum is associate professor of New Testament and Greek at SEBTS.
Charles L. Quarles is vice president for Integration of Faith and Learning, professor of New Testament and Greek, and chairs the division of Christian Studies at Louisiana College in Pineville, Louisiana.
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1) The authors consistently refer to scholars with their first (and possibly second) initial and last name. These creates a very streamlined text, that looks great. However, as someone relatively new to this depth of study, I would have preferred the inclusion of the whole name, as this would better acquaint me with experts in the field by name they are typically referenced.
2) Perhaps this is a reflection on myself, however, but I found the footnote style of citation to be rather limited here. I frequently found myself to be yearning for a bibliography. The citations were often presented in shortened form, and I struggled to find the original to know the work actually being referenced. When I attempted look back through the pages, I often didn't find a lengthened version and also no bibliography. The "For Further Reading" section seemed excellent, however, it did not often aid in identifying these resources.
3) I was completely overwhelmed by Chapter 2: The Political and Religious Background of the NT. Now I can only imagine the difficulties of writing a text like this, particularly with space constraints, however, I struggled a lot with sheer comprehension of this chapter. I had virtually no background knowledge of the background of the NT, and as a result, I found myself having to look up multiple people, places, etc. on a single page just so I could figure out what was going on. It's an intense period of history, with a lot happening, but I would have preferred a longer introduction that would have required me to utilize less external resources.
Overall, it's an excellent book. Whenever I'm preparing to study a book again, I always reference the Kostenberger. It provides such great context and appears to truly examine difficult issues from multiple perspectives (so invaluable!). Aside from Chapter 2, I found the text to be very readable and incredibly well organized, providing just the introduction I needed to my study of the New Testament.
My one hesitation regarding content was the treatment of the history of New Testament interpretation. While Carson and Moo's introduction has a significant section which very deftly summarizes this area, Cradle, Cross, Crown has chosen to handle issues of history of interpretation in a piecemeal fashion in the introductory chapters, and throughout the various chapters on biblical books (e.g., handling the Quests for the Historical Jesus in the chapter introducing the gospels). The closest the volume comes to an overview is an (admittedly) truncated treatment of two pages (xviii-xix) on "A Brief History of New Testament Introduction," which really serves more to locate the volume in the conservative stream of NT introductions than to treat NT interpretation. One can't include everything, but a chapter-long overview of NT interpretation would have been worth the extra pages, in my opinion. This is a small matter, however, and the interested reader can peruse Carson & Moo's chapter, or for a longer treatment, Wright and Neill, or Baird.
On my shelf, I have most of the major NT introductions published in English in the last thirty years. Cradle, Cross, Crown has become my first choice for a conservative recommendation in this genre.