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Although Scripture cannot be reduced to a mere piece of human writing, there is much to gain by paying careful attention to the historical, literary, and theological dimensions of the biblical text. For this reason, The Cradle, the Cross, and the Crown is offered to the serious New Testament student who seeks to better understand and share God’s “word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15). Across nearly one thousand pages, it thoroughly introduces all twenty-seven New Testament books and closely examines Christ’s incarnation and virgin birth, the heart of His ministry shown so vividly in the Gospels’ Passion Narratives, and the triumphant return of Jesus and our eternal reign with Him as depicted in Revelation.
"Simply an outstanding work. Its up-to-date research alone makes The Cradle, the Cross, and the Crown an invaluable resource. Add to this its comprehensive survey of the crucial issues related to New Testament studies, and you have a textbook well suited for the college or seminary classroom."
--Daniel L. Akin, president, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, NC
"Among the finest such studies of recent decades in classic matters of New Testament introduction. What sets it apart includes: (1) attention to theology and the history of interpretation; (2) extended presentation of the history of New Testament times and the rise of the canon; (3) appropriate rigor; (4) frequently creative layout features; and (5) conceptual clarity. Beyond an impressive digest of scholarship, it is an appeal to faithful appropriation of the New Testament's message."
--Robert W. Yarbrough, professor of New Testament and department chair, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, IL
"Clear, thorough, up to date, and engaging all the contemporary alternatives people are putting forward . . . discerning and judicious. Well done and highly recommended."
--Darrell L. Bock, research professor of New Testament, Dallas Theological Seminary, Dallas, TX
"The Cradle, the Cross, and the Crown sets a new standard for excellence among textbooks dealing with New Testament introduction (and) offers a veritable gold mine of information often found only in several texts. A distinctively unique textbook that displays not only careful and balanced scholarship, but is lucidly written and Òuser friendly."
--Richard D. Patterson, emeritus professor, Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA
John Kight5 Stars Out Of 5The First and Last off the Shelf!July 18, 2015John KightQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The number of New Testament introductions on the market today may lead some readers to question the need (or necessity) for another volume in an already saturated genre of biblical literature. But The Cradle, The Cross, and The Crown: An Introduction to the New Testament is unique in several respects.
First and foremost, this volume is extremely user friendly and helpful for readers of all knowledge levels. At the offset of each chapter the authors have compiled a section tiled Core Knowledge in which they provide the reader with a brief paragraph outlining the Basic, Intermediate, and Advance learning points for each chapter. This provides the reader with a choosable set of expectations for understanding. Moreover, each chapter includes a set of Key Facts which outline the author, date, provenance of composition, destination of the letter, purpose, theme, and key verses of each New Testament book. At the end of each chapter is a Study Questions section for further aiding in the mastery of the covered material, as well as a chapter specific bibliography For Further Study.
Second, this volume is both comprehensive, balanced, and conservative. While there are certainly other options available for New Testament introductions on the market, limitations are ever-present in the production of a single volume work that seeks to reach a wide-ranging audience. This is a reality that even the authors acknowledge (xix). Nevertheless, The Cradle, The Cross, and The Crown seamlessly combines the each of these characteristics throughout. It is comprehensive in the sense that it leaves no necessary stone unturned, focusing attention on the entire New Testament canon, background, Jesus, the Gospels, the early church and Pauls writings in order of composition, the General Epistles and Revelation, and the unity and diversity of the New Testament (xix). It is balanced in the sense that it consistently presents the various issues one would encounter in New Testament studies, faithfully following sound hermeneutical procedure to work through the complex introductory problems the reader will inevitably face. It is conservative in the sense that all three authors affirm the historical validity and ascribed authorship of all 27 New Testament books, and provides a strong defense for each.
Third, this volume is up-to-date and intentionally oriented towards spiritual nourishment and contemporary application. One of the primary limitations of a New Testament Introduction is keeping up with contemporary issues and advances within the arena of biblical studies. This volume provides the appropriate interaction with both older and more recent New Testament scholarship, and places a particular focus on English-language sources. There are helpful sections to issues such as the New Perspective of Paul, Historical Jesus, and canonical issues like the Gospel of Thomas and Secret Mark. Concerning application, it is evident throughout the 900+ pages that the authors want the reader to do more than merely master the material on a cognitive level. There is a continual and intentional emphasis on application, especially seen within the Theological Themes sections and the Something to Think About sidebars.
In short, while the market will continue to be saturated with New Testament introductions The Cradle, The Cross, and The Crown is unique in several respects. It is consistently user-friendly, comprehensive, conservative, balanced, up-to-date, and application driven. Out of the 28 New Testament introductions that I own, for the reasons outlined above, The Cradle, The Cross, and The Crown will be the first off the shelf, and likely the last.
Jacky5 Stars Out Of 5Great study sourceSeptember 8, 2014JackyQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This was the required textbook for my Theology class. Great book. Thorough history of the New Testament with author information, culture of that time, purpose for each book. Love it
NeilCanberra, AustraliaAge: 55-65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Excellent Text for NT StudyAugust 30, 2012NeilCanberra, AustraliaAge: 55-65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Just finished a semester using this book as an introduction to the New Testament as part of a MA and have nothing but praise for it. Well written and very supportive of the orthodox view of Christianity and the canon of Scripture ('orthodox' in terms of classic Christianity).
I have many other supporting texts but this is one of the best I have come across in this field! Wholeheartedly recommended!!