- Hardcover: 560 pages
- Publisher: Baker Academic; 1 edition (October 1, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 080102868X
- ISBN-13: 978-0801028687
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.2 x 9.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 125 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #282,570 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Introducing the New Testament: A Historical, Literary, and Theological Survey 1st Edition
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"Drawing on several decades of effective classroom teaching, Mark Allan Powell has produced the quintessential 'user-friendly' introduction to the New Testament, which should be a welcome addition to any New Testament teacher's pedagogical resources. Three features distinguish this introduction from most others in the field, and all of them serve to draw the reader into the world of the New Testament text in compelling and attractive ways. First, Powell encourages and empowers his readers to engage the issues raised by the New Testament documents and the solutions to those issues but without drawing definitive (and for the reader, perhaps premature) conclusions. Second, with stunning effect, Powell uses visual images (maps, historical photographs, and especially examples from the history of Christian art) both for their aesthetic appeal and as examples of the text's continuing influence on subsequent culture. Third, throughout the text Powell provides markers that point to a companion Web site that contains additional material for further study and reflection beyond the book and course. Powell has put student and teacher alike in his debt, and for this we are all grateful."--Mikeal C. Parsons, Baylor University
"Introducing the New Testament is just what today's students need: the length is right, the perspective balanced and fair, the choice of content perfect, the layout reader-friendly and attractive, and the author is a respected New Testament scholar and popular classroom teacher. Adopting this book as the primary text for introductory Bible courses (in a college, seminary, or church) is a no-brainer. I recommend it highly."--Craig A. Evans, Acadia Divinity College, Nova Scotia
"Beautifully presented, accessibly written, clearly organized, and attentive to the beginning student. Both students and faculty will benefit from engaging this book."--Stephen E. Fowl, Loyola College in Maryland
"Introducing the New Testament is a real gem, a true diamond, not in the rough but well polished. Like a diamond, it reflects the multifaceted beauty of the New Testament text. Like a diamond, it is a concentrate of years of scholarship. Like a diamond, it is a thing of beauty, with its artistic reproductions and useful illustrations. Like a diamond, it is valuable, with a wealth of information that is not readily available elsewhere in any one place."--Raymond F. Collins, The Catholic University of America and Brown University
"This splendid introduction to the New Testament is vivid, engaging, and designed to reach a broad audience. Its clear and accessible style invites contemporary readers into the biblical world, while the colorful graphics catch the eye and stimulate the imagination. Historical, literary, and theological questions are addressed in ways that invite readers to venture further into the scriptures. As a resource for teachers and students, it is excellent."--Craig R. Koester, Luther Seminary
About the Author
Mark Allan Powell (PhD, Union Theological Seminary, Richmond) is the Robert and Phyllis Leatherman Professor of New Testament at Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio. He is the general editor of the HarperCollins Bible Dictionary as well as the author of numerous articles and books. Powell has also served as the chair of the SBL Historical Jesus Section and is the former New Testament editor of the SBL Academia Biblica dissertation series.
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-- A reasonable price for a quality hardback, especially in comparison to other NT Intros (a significant matter with lay volunteer students)
-- Many maps and pictures--always a plus in my mind
-- Especially laudable is access that is given to a website with a plethora of materials from background information to time-lines to lists and explanations of names (or terms or coins) to descriptions of topics (e.g., Jewish religious 'parties' or popular Greco-Roman philosophical 'schools') to extensive and wide-ranging bibliographies for each chapter, any or all of which the user can download for his/her notebook for personal use, or print for a Sunday-School or adult class he or she may be teaching in his/her own congregation.
-- As the author points out, the chapters of the book can be used in the order they come, or they can be shuffled around to use in a different order (as I intend to do). Each chapter can stand on its own, and does not assume that the reader has already dealt with the previous chapter(s). This means, of course, that there is some repetition here and there, but it's not burdensome, and sometimes repetition brings a topic back to mind.
-- The author states in his introduction that there is often a wide variety of views on just about any New Testament topic (take authorship of virtually any book, for example); he says he intends to offer the arguments of the major 'sides,' but unlike what other NT Intros often do, he does not then push his own opinion on the reader, but may note where the majority seems to stand and let the teacher and/or student make their own decisions. He is very even-handed on these topics.
-- The author writes in a relaxed, conversational style; reading is not a matter of plowing through a lot of dense text.
-- For each NT book the author offers an introduction, a kind of precis for the book, then a discussion of major topics or concerns in the book, followed by a conclusion.
-- The author reflects general 'mainstream' scholarship regarding the New Testament, and does not try to beat his own idiosyncratic drum, so this text can be used across a spectrum of denominations with adults of various ages, and probably even with (serious) senior-high students.
....... All in all, an excellent resource and highly recommended.
Since it's meant to be broad, I'd only recommend this if you're just getting started on reading the Bible academically. If you're far along into your journey of academically reading Biblical texts, this might not be for you.
Explaining the events of the past with documentation and authenticity is what we all need to study the faith and make a commitment to pray and be kind to your neighbors and all people you meet. Introducing The New Testament made me a "Whole Person" in my studies of The Bible and learning about Christianity. When I read the Letters from Paul that he wrote to his followers, I felt as if I was there during that time period. The picture Mark Powell presented was very vivid and understandable! Jesus Christ, our heavenly savior and the Son of God; really instilled Love, Peace and Happiness to his disciples and the disciples made it clear that Jesus, is Our Lord and God.