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From a respected commentator comes a meticulously researched, user-friendly introduction to New Testament literature. Approaching Scripture as a historical document necessitating a hands-on critical approach, Boring asserts that the text must be understood in the context of pre-Christian Judaism and the early church. He then examines each individual book---providing background and revealing its inherent narrative substructure. 512 pages, softcover from Westminster John Knox.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 512
Vendor: Westminster John Knox Press
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 10.00 X 7.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0664255922
ISBN-13: 9780664255923
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Publisher's Description

This thoroughly researched textbook from well-respected scholar M. Eugene Boring presents a user-friendly introduction to the New Testament books. Boring approaches the New Testament as a historical document, one that requires using a hands-on, critical method. Moreover, he asserts that the New Testament is the church's book, in that it was written, selected, preserved, and transmitted by the church. Boring goes on to explore the historical foundation and formation of the New Testament within the context of pre-Christian Judaism and the world of Jesus and the early church. He then examines the individual books of the New Testament, providing helpful background information and methods for interpretation, and revealing the narrative substructure found within each of the Gospels and Letters.

This volume includes helpful illustrations, charts, notes, and suggestions for further reading. Sections are laid out in a well-organized manner to help students navigate the content more easily.



Author Bio

M. Eugene Boring is I. Wylie Briscoe Professor Emeritus of New Testament at Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian University. He is the author of numerous books on the New Testament, including Mark from the acclaimed New Testament Library series, and Revelation from the best-selling Interpretation series.

Endorsements

This fruit of the lifelong research of a distinguished New Testament scholar is more than a book; it is a library in one volume. It presents excellent information about the text of the New Testament Scriptures as well as about their historical and cultural context while remaining quite readable. With its combination of a broad horizon and a determined theological concentration, it is a book for beginners and for advanced students, for scholars and for people working for the church.
-Reinhard Feldmeier

Boring enjoys that rare gift of combining first-rate exegetical skills with a probing philosophical intellect. Hence his encyclopedic Introduction to the New Testament not only presents a wealth of data but also organizes the data into an intelligible whole.
-John Meier

This introduction demonstrates in a masterful way that the New Testament is both a book of history and a book of faith and theology. It provides an ideal way to introduce students in seminaries and Christian colleges to the complex nature of the church's book.
-Adela Yarbro Collins

Distilling a lifetime of patient study and masterly pedagogy, Professor Boring's Introduction is a comprehensive commentary on the New Testament and a history of its interpretation. Students and their instructors will revisit the judicious assessments of this magnum opus for years to come.
-C. Clifton Black

Among the plethora of New Testament introductions, the comprehensive, weighty, and lucid tome stands above the crowd for its contextual breadth, interpretive sophistication, balanced treatment, and technical expertise.
-William R. Telford.

Boring combines a fundamental commitment to the biblical faith and an uncompromising dedication to the historical-critical method. He avoids simplification of the complex issues but presents his careful analysis with readable clarity.
-William Baird

Editorial Reviews

"Boring enjoys that rare gift of combining first-rate exegetical skills with a probing philosophical intellect. Hence his encyclopedic Introduction to the New Testament not only presents a wealth of data but also organizes the data into an intelligible whole. To the beginning student as well as to the more advanced researcher, it offers both a clear path into an often confusing world and an abundance of shrewd, balanced judgments on difficult issues." John P. Meier, William K. Warren Professor of Theology, University of Notre Dame
"This fruit of the lifelong research of a distinguished New Testament scholar is more than a book; it is a library in one volume. It presents excellent information about the text of the New Testament scriptures as well as about their historical and cultural context while remaining quite readable. With its combination of a broad horizon and a determined theological concentration, it is a book for beginners and for advanced students, for scholars and people working for the church." Reinhard Feldmeier, Theologische Fakultät, Georg-August Universität, Göttingen, Germany

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    Comprehensive and clear engagement into the depths of the literature of the New Testament
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    An Introduction to the New Testament: History, Literature, Theology by M. Eugene Boring is a unique achievement in the field of New Testament studies. It is the fruit of a lifelong pursuit into the world and literature of the New Testament, and the result of decades of thorough research by a well-respected New Testament scholar.

    An Introduction to the New Testament begins with a substantial introduction at over 200-pages. It is here that the New Testament is introduced to the reader as the Churchs book. For Boring, the Church wrote it, selected it, edited it, preserved and transmitted it, translated it, and interpreted it (p. 12). It is within this persuasion that Boring is able to comprehensively guide the reader through issues of New Testament composition, transmission, translation, interpretation, etc.

    Following the establishment of the New Testament as the Churchs book, Boring positions the conversation historically as he guides the reader through the Hellenistic World and into the various facets of Palestinian Judaism and early Christianity. This section provides a helpful overview of the historical context of the New Testament literature and better prepares the reader for the investigation that follows.

    As the introductory material comes to a close the reader encounters roughly 80-pages of discussion on Jesus and Paul. Boring provides a well-written, but brief summary of the quest for the historical Jesus, and a more substantial overview of the earthly ministry of Jesus and its overlap with that of Paul. Lastly, Boring sketches a more detailed portrait of the life and ministry of Paul and prepares the reader for his unconventional approach in the following chapters with an introduction to the epistles.

    In the shadows of the introductory material Boring directs the attention of the reader to the literature of the New Testament. The reader may be surprised to discover that Boring begins with the Pauline epistlesspecifically 1 Thessalonians, Philippians, and Philemonbefore discussing other New Testament epistles and the gospels. This approach is intentional and appropriate for the critical mindset that Boring is seeking to cultivate. Boring is thus able to construct critical thought around Paul and the other epistles in a way that better positions for the reader, his critical approach to the gospels and Jesus.

    I found Boring to be both clear and comprehensive throughout. Aside from the usefulness of the content found within the book, I also found the layout and organization of the book to be extremely helpful and easy to use. I especially enjoyed the inclusion of a For Further Reading section at the end of each chapter. Boring provides a number of excellent suggestions for the interested reader looking to investigate more deeply. However, I did notice that his suggestions are typically, and more often than not, those that align with his own critical approach.

    I often found myself in contention with the conclusions and assumptions that Boring propagates throughout the book. However, with that said, I greatly appreciate Borings scholarship, and his willingness and desire to cultivate a mindset within the reader that looks to think through the issues rather than simply be told what to believe is admirable. It is here that Boring has truly provided the Church and academy something special and unique.

    An Introduction to the New Testament: History, Literature, Theology by M. Eugene Boring is a comprehensive engagement into the deepest corners of the New Testament and New Testament studies. While this is not the first New Testament introduction that I will pull from my bookshelf, nor the first New Testament introduction that I will recommend, it will be off my bookshelf often and I would certainly recommend it to others. If you are a serious student of the New Testament looking for a critical engagement therein that is easy to read and useful for reference, this present volume is an excellent resource that will fulfill your needs well.

    I received a review copy of these books in exchange for and honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
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