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An Introduction to the New Testament: History, Literature, Theology
Westminster John Knox Press / 2012 / Paperback
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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 Approaching Scripture as a historical document necessitating a hands-on critical approach, Boring asserts that the text must be understood in the context of pre-Christian Judaism and the early church.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.
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 Boring approaches the New Testament as a historical document, one that requires using a hands-on, critical method.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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"Boring combines a fundamental commitment to the biblical faith and an uncompromising dedication to historical-critical method. He avoids simplification of the complex issues, but presents his careful analysis with readable clarity. This Introduction will serve as a superb text for seminarians and a significant resource for seasoned scholars." William Baird, Emeritus, Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian University
"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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