The New Testament in Antiquity: A Survey of the New Testament Within Its Cultural ContextsGary M. Burge, Gene L. Green, Lynn H. CohickZondervan / 2008 / Hardcover$36.49 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 5 Reviews
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Jimmy ReaganLeesville, SCAge: 45-54Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Great New Testament Survey!November 27, 2017Jimmy ReaganLeesville, SCAge: 45-54Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book is a fine new entry on the market for New Testament introduction. This attractive, well-illustrated volume by Gary M. Burge, Lynn H. Cohick, and Gene L. Green is an up-to-date survey of the New Testament. Its special emphasis is to provide that introduction within the cultural contexts, whether Jewish, Hellenistic, or Roman cultures. That viewpoint helps bring the New Testament to life. The book is designed as a textbook, and the publisher provides both instructor and student resources for it, but any Bible student could learn much from it.
Chapter 1 begins with a broad look at the issues involved in studying the New Testament. The reader is reminded of the importance of context, geography, history, and as said before, culture. Chapter 2 discusses the historical setting of the New Testament. It begins by explaining the post-exilic times, continues through the Hellenistic period, and ends by explaining the Roman era. (Notice the chart on page 38, which is one of the most creative Ive ever seen explaining the family of Herod). Chapter 3 narrows its focus to Israel and the time of Jesus. Chapter 4 expands the discussion to the Mediterranean world of the Apostle Paul. Chapter 5 discusses sources for the Gospels I find that chapter off target, but its exactly what youll find in most modern New Testament introductions.
Chapters 6 11 cover the life of Christ and the four Gospels. Its helpful to view the Gospels collectively as a life of Jesus and then examine the uniqueness of each gospel. Chapter 12 overviews the book of Acts while chapter 13 gives an overview of the Apostle Paul. Chapters 14 through 26 survey the rest of the books of the New Testament. A concluding chapter discusses the preservation and communication of the New Testament.
The maps and pictures are well chosen, beautiful, and quite enlightening. Some of the illustrations and reconstructions were especially eye-catching. The design of this survey is ideal. It is at once to the point and of sufficient depth to be a real asset to readers. I imagine this book will be the text of choice for New Testament survey classes for the next several years. Pastors and Bible students will find it worthwhile to check out as well. I recommend it.
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none5 Stars Out Of 5The New Testament in Antiquity: A Survey of the New Testame Within Its Cultural ContextsSeptember 4, 2014noneQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A excellent read to understand the history and culture of New Testament Era in the time of Jesus. Great resource for bible studies.
slypig25 Stars Out Of 5October 31, 2012slypig2Quality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Well, written and a good synopsis of the New Testament.
Gerard Gittens5 Stars Out Of 5A Valuable ToolDecember 19, 2010Gerard GittensQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5One of the most important things to know when studying the bible is context. This book gives you the cultural context in an easy to understand yet very informative format. As a layperson that loves the bible, I recommend this to be along side any study bible. I also recommend this to Pastors and students of the bible. I hope to find a similar book on the OT with the same quality.
Charles Savelle5 Stars Out Of 5A Solid ResourceDecember 10, 2010Charles SavelleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5This book is an amalgamation of New Testament introduction, survey, and of course backgrounds. The quality of production is excellent with numerous pictures, maps, and diagrams. The text is comprehensive in scope, touching upon most major issues related to the study of the New Testament. But at slightly less than 500 pages, many of the more technical discussions are more introductory than exhaustive. What The New Testament in Antiquity does well is expose the reader to the major issues. In the preface, the authors state four goals which can be summarized as (1) academically rigorous, (2) accessible to students, (3) emphasis on the ancient context of the New Testament, and (4) responsive to confessional commitments of the evangelical tradition. To this end I believe that The New Testament in Antiquity has met its self-imposed goals rather well. Helpful features include questions for discussion and an introductory and advanced bibliography at the end of every chapter.
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