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A Popular Survey of the New Testament
Baker / 2007 / Hardcover
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The disconnect of our cultural, historical, and intellectual setting to the world of the New Testament can make studying the New Testament a difficult and confusing process for the average person. This full-color survey is filled with color photos, charts, and maps, and is designed to help ordinary people enrich their understanding of New Testament people and events. This book is evangelical, and answers such important topics such as authorship and audience, Gnosticism, slavery, historical reliability and explains the context and content of the New Testament for anyone seeking a better understanding of the NT.
Norman L. Geisler is cofounder and longtime dean of Southern Evangelical Seminary and Bible College, Charlotte, North Carolina. He is the author of more than sixty books, including A Popular Survey of the Old Testament.
Besides the Gospels, which are more familiar to most Christians, the New Testament can seem like a strange collection of letters to people who are very different from ourselves. How can a warning about first-century Gnostics help Christians today? What can today's believers get out of a letter about a slave returning to his master? And how can we tell if what is written in the New Testament is true history or just mythology?
A Popular Survey of the New Testament is designed to help Christians enrich their understanding of New Testament people and events. Illustrated throughout with color photos, charts, and maps, and written in an easy, informal style, this survey is accessible and enjoyable to Christians of all backgrounds.
Of the making of New Testament studies there is no end, so readers may rightly wonder why yet another manual is needed. Does this volume offer insights not easily available elsewhere? Geisler, dean of Southern Evangelical Seminary and Bible College, and author of more than 70 books dealing with the Bible and Christianity, gathers decades of findings of New Testament scholars into a truly accessible and readable overview, aimed at readers at all levels. Beginning with a fine explanation of the various critical methodologies used in analyzing the scriptural record, he then treats each book in the New Testament, addressing questions about authorship, the date of writing and the book's intended audience, and a clear explanation of the content of each book. Several appendixes bring Geisler's study to a close, including a list of keywords in the New Testament and a harmonization of miracles in the various gospels. Numerous charts and full-color photos enhance the presentation, making the book an excellent choice for course adoption. Geisler thinks even beginning students can appreciate and understand the canon and demonstrates beautifully the simplicity and consistency of these writings. This is a book worth owning. (Dec.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
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