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New Testament Introduction (Master Reference Collection) Hardcover – July 15, 1990

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"I would urge all ministers and teachers of the New Testament to secure (this volume). There is nothing quite like (it) in our language, abreast of the latest scholarship, frankly facing all major New Testament problems and written with the deep conviction that these are, indeed, inspired documents. (Endorsement for the original edition)." (Wilbur M. Smith)

"The bedside companion (especially before examinations )of a generation of theological students. (Endorsement for the original edition)." (Michael Green, Church Times)

"The author is to be congratulated--and thanked. This will be a standard work for a generation. (Endorsement for the original edition)." (Ronald A. Ward, Christianity Today)

About the Author

Donald Guthrie (1915-1992) was a graduate of the University of London (B.D., Th.M., Ph.D.). From 1949 until his retirement in 1982 Guthrie was lecturer in New Testament studies at London Bible College, and from 1978 until 1982 he also served as vice principal of the college. His books include New Testament Introduction, New Testament Theology, and the Tyndale New Testament Commentaries on the Pastoral Epistles and Hebrews.
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Product Details

  • Series: Master Reference Collection
  • Hardcover: 1161 pages
  • Publisher: IVP Academic; Rev Upd Su edition (July 15, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830814027
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830814022
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 2.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #561,792 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By T. B. Vick on January 6, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This New Testament Introduction is a monster volume that is exhaustive in its content. Guthrie's book is considered by many scholars (i.e. D. A. Carson, Wilbur Smith, etc.) to be one of, if not the best Introduction to the New Testament texts available. This book is a standard text book at seminaries all across the country. It was first published in 1961 and has been revised, updated, and also endured the test of time (which can be the strongest enemy of any book). Guthrie covers every possible detail from each of the books of the New Testament, including literary form, characteristics of NT writings, purpose, place of origin, dates, languages, historicity, locality, readers (then and now), Synoptic Problem, form criticism and its development, and much, much, much, much, more! This book is well over 1000 pages of great research. If you are looking for a single volume which covers the NT, then you would need to look no further than this text. The bibliography of this book is over 100 pages, which is massive and very helpful if you like to branch off in your research. It is equally useful for the serious researcher and the lay person alike. In fact I bought my copy about 7 years ago and have used it prior to my seminary career, during my seminary career, and I know I will use it for the rest of my researching days. In my estimation there is no other Introductory text that surpasses this one.
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This is an excellent text to get you into New Testament studies. The author clearly has deep respect, awe, and love for the NT canon. However, all sides of an issue are presented in a direct and scholarly manner with lots of references. Guthrie comes down strongly on the side of inerrancy AFTER discussing all other views. The writing is excellent.
Do not expect pretty pictures and slick shiny pages in this text. Instead what you will get is a great reference book that you will use repeatedly. My 1971 edition is worn out so I bought the recent edition. Also this edition has many more references incorporating recent work.
I do have one caveat. Before you delve into this book please be sure that you have a good working knowledge of the NT. If you do not then get one of the survey books first. There are excellent survey texts put out by folks like Gundry, Kromaki, and others.
I cannot say enough about the quality of this work. If you are serious about NT scholarship rush out and get this book. You may not agree with the author's theology in all areas but the book is definitely a MUST. Definitely a valuable addition for your study of the New Testament.
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NEW TESTAMENT INTRODUCTION by Donald Guthrie probably remains the standard conservative work of its genre. If you want to find consistently conservative views on the authorship, dating, and textual integrity of the books of the New Testament (NT), then this is the place to go. (Raymond Brown, who generally ignores conservative writers, describes this book as "very important".)

As an example of Guthrie's approach, take II Peter: Of all the books of the NT this is the one most likely to be pseudonymous. Guthrie marshals a substantial amount of evidence indicating that Peter could have written it. Much of this you won't find in other NT introductions, which often take for granted that it is a second century work.

It should be noted that this is an introduction to the books of the New Testament. Guthrie does not provide background studies on the history and culture of NT times, or synopsis of the events of the NT (life of Christ, journeys of Paul, etc.) Because of the limited scope of this work (and its length) it is definitely not the first book to read if you are new to the NT.
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Any prospective buyer must be aware of what a book on OT or NT "Introduction" is about. It is not truly an introduction to the topic, like you expect on most other topics. For a book like that, you should look into books called OT or NT "Survey." Rather, in biblical studies, an "introduction" is a book that covers very specific topics, namely authorship, date, purpose of writing, integrity of the textual tradition, etc. It is not introducing the NT in terms of history, culture, background, types of literature, theological themes, etc. (like NT and OT surveys do).

With that said, Guthrie's Introduction to the New Testament is excellent, though quite extensive. Prepare to put some time into this. While Guthrie is solidly conservative, do not be surprised when he takes a very critical approach. While his conclusions are conservative, many of his conclusions are much more tentative than some people may feel comfortable with. He is basing his analysis on the facts available, not on faith or tradition.

I've read other introductions. Some of the more "liberal" ones are very frustrating. For example, years ago I read Norman Perrin's Introduction to the NT, and it seems he felt he could simply assert his conclusions without lining up all the facts and information that would weigh into a decision. Guthrie is the exact opposite. He looks for every important fact that is relevant to guide his decisions (Kummell is liberal and does a better job than Perrin, but not nearly as thorough as Guthrie).

Much of the information you find in Guthrie's work you will find in the introduction to more extensive commentaries. However, few of those match the extensiveness and detail Guthrie provides.
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