Invitation to the New Testament: First Things  -     By: Ben Witherington III
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Oxford University Press / 2012 / Hardcover

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Distilling a lifetime of research into this engaging introduction, Witherington, the master of socio-rhetorical analysis, concentrates on what's truly significant; asks pointed questions; encourages interaction by readers; is fair and sympathetic toward all with whom he disagrees. A captivating textbook. 480 pages, hardcover. Oxford University.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 480
Vendor: Oxford University Press
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 9.30 X 7.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0199920524
ISBN-13: 9780199920525
Availability: In Stock

Publisher's Description

Writing with his usual flair and reader-friendly style, renowned scholar, author, and lecturer Ben Witherington offers a balanced approach to the New Testament in this exceptional introductory text. Addressing the content, context, and interpretation of the New Testament in a faith-friendly light, Invitation to the New Testament: First Things is unique in that keeps the original social and rhetorical milieux of the New Testament in mind. An ideal textbook for college survey courses, this volume is also captivating reading for seminary students and general readers.


* Numerous dynamic color photos keep students engaged

* Maps and charts provide visual overviews at a glance

* Marginal definitions bring students up to speed on new concepts

* Chapter-ending study questions review key ideas and encourage reflection

* First-century quotations expose students to the world of the New Testament

* "A Closer Look" boxes cover more advanced topics

* An Instructor's Manual on CD (not included with book, available separately) includes PowerPoint-based lecture outlines, chapter goals and summaries, media resources, pedagogical suggestions, and key terms

* A Companion Website offers all of the material from the Instructor's Manual along with self-quizzes and flashcards of key terms for students

Author Bio

Ben Witherington III is Amos Professor of the New Testament for Doctoral Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary and also serves on the doctoral faculty at St. Andrews University in Scotland. One of the world's top evangelical scholars, he has written more than forty books and is also a popular lecturer. Along with many interviews on radio networks across the country, he has been seen on the History Channel, NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, the BBC, The Discovery Channel, A&E, and the PAX Network.

Editorial Reviews

"Ben Witherington's Invitation to the New Testament not only introduces the key issues of New Testament study but does so in a most engaging way. Students will be fascinated about how this work--which has shaped the world--came together and how its various parts function."--Darrell L. Bock, Dallas Theological Seminary

"Ben Witherington delivers an outstanding introduction to the New Testament that is comprehensive, fair, and balanced. With remarkable clarity, he is able to communicate complex and important issues related to the study of the New Testament in a way that challenges, stimulates, and encourages students."--Mark Fairchild, Huntington University

"Ben Witherington, a senior scholar and accomplished author, recognizes that it is a sacred trust to introduce students to a sacred text. His insightful, sympathetic treatment of his subject, when coupled with his skillful, enjoyable prose, commends this work for a wide audience and distinguishes it from would-be competitors."--Todd D. Still, George W. Truett Theological Seminary, Baylor University

"Witherington has extended a gracious invitation indeed to enter the world of the early Christian movement, to listen to its conversations, and to explore the message and challenge at the heart of its writings. Invitation to the New Testament would be an ideal textbook for undergraduate introductions to the New Testament."--David deSilva, Ashland Theological Seminary

"The central contributions of this book are threefold: first, Witherington sees the New Testament through the lens of the apostles who bore witness to having seen the risen Jesus; second, he recognizes that the New Testament never presents Jesus as merely another historical figure whose actions and intentions can be assessed without faith; and third, he refuses to separate Jesus' words and deeds from the Church that makes manifest the reign of God. This introduction to the New Testament is for all readers who seek not only historical insights but also the deeper framework in which this history makes sense."--Matthew Levering, University of Dayton

"Written in an engaging, conversational manner, Invitation to the New Testament presents the literature in light of contemporary issues that address both the academy and faith communities. Ben Witherington addresses all positions fairly and is willing to go where the evidence leads him."--James B. Shelton, Oral Roberts University

"Witherington begins with the kinds of questions and interests that novices to the field of New Testament studies intuitively experience and draws readers into the discussion naturally, assuming minimal background knowledge and making complex processes easily understandable."--Rob Starner, Southwestern Assemblies of God University

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    This book contains great overviews of the entire New Testament, and will result in the reader being able to better understand and study for greater understanding.
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