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Introducing the New Testament: A Historical, Literary, and Theological Survey Hardcover – May 15, 2018
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"Drawing on several decades of effective classroom teaching, 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. He has put student and teacher alike in his debt."
--Mikeal C. Parsons, Baylor University
"Introducing the New Testament is just what today's students need. 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, Houston Baptist University
"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 University Maryland
"This splendid introduction to the New Testament is vivid, engaging, and designed to reach a broad audience. As a resource for teachers and students, it is excellent."
--Craig R. Koester, Luther Seminary
"Introducing the New Testament is a real gem, a true diamond, not in the rough but well polished."
--Raymond F. Collins, The Catholic University of America and Brown University
"A fine introduction. . . . [Powell] has offered the fruit of his years of teaching to make 'introducing the New Testament' . . . a lively and rewarding experience."
--Peter J. Judge, Review of Biblical Literature
"This elegant undergraduate introduction to the NT by Mark Allan Powell is as engaging, accessible, and instructive as it is beautiful."
--Séamus O'Connell, Journal for the Study of the New Testament
"The engaging style of writing and the aesthetically pleasing layout, as well as the maps, sidebars, and glossary, recommend this book to its intended audience of students at a college, university, or seminary."
--Agnes Choi, Biblical Theology Bulletin
"[An] excellent introduction to the New Testament. It is thoroughly geared to the classroom, offering clear and solid information on the context and content of the various New Testament books. The textbook is beautifully presented."
--Donald Senior, CP, The Bible Today
"Powell is able to bring years of experience and insight from the academy, the classroom, and the church into a single volume. . . . Introducing the New Testament will be gladly received as a substantial resource for NT classes and will be utilized in a wide variety of contexts. . . . A wonderful resource that will be read and utilized for years to come."
--Sung Jin Park, Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society
"An excellent contribution to the teaching of NT studies. . . . It is informed by sound scholarship, it presents the subject matter in an engaging way, and its format is attractive."
--Russell Pregeant, Interpretation
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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.