The New Testament Story
The New Testament Story  -     By: Ben Witherington III
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This informative, clearly written book introduces the New Testament in two main ways: (1) it explains where the New Testament came from, and (2) it examines the New Testament writings themselves.
Ben Witherington first tells how and why the New Testament documents were written and collected and how they came to be known as the New Testament that we have today. He then discusses the main stories and major figures in the New Testament. Witherington looks particularly at the Gospels, examining how and why their stories differ and pointing out what these ancient biographies actually say about Jesus. He also surveys the ways that these stories were told and retold, explaining how this literary development has influenced Christian theology, ethics, and social thought. Each chapter ends with a section called "Exercises and Questions for Reflection and Study" (written by Darlene Hyatt), making this book especially useful for Sunday school classes and group Bible studies.

Ben Witherington III is Professor of New Testament Interpretation at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 272
Vendor: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Publication Date: 2004
Dimensions: 9.0 X 6.0 (inches)
ISBN: 0802827659
ISBN-13: 9780802827654

Publisher's Description

This informative, clearly written book introduces the New Testament in two main ways: (1) it explains where the New Testament came from, and (2) it examines the New Testament writings themselves. Ben Witherington first tells how and why the New Testament documents were written and collected and how they came to be known as the New Testament that we have today. He then discusses the main stories and major figures in the New Testament. Witherington looks particularly at the Gospels, examining how and why their stories differ and pointing out what these ancient biographies actually say about Jesus. He also surveys the ways that these stories were told and retold, explaining how this literary development has influenced Christian theology, ethics, and social thought. At once scholarly and accessible - it really is written in plain English - Witherington's guide to the origins and message of the New Testament is eminently suitable as a text for college and seminary students. With each chapter followed by a section called "Exercises and Questions for Study and Reflection," The New Testament Story will also prove valuable to individual readers and ideal for church classes and group Bible studies.

Library Journal

Author of the immensely popular The Jesus Quest, Witherington (New Testament, Asbury Theological Seminary) here offers a New Testament introduction in miniature. Witherington reflects mainline contemporary scholarship, stating that the New Testament is a "literary residue of a largely oral movement which grew on the basis of preaching and teaching, praying and praising, and other forms of oral communication." His argument, however, is not in lockstep with other biblical scholars, such as Elaine Pagels and Bart Ehrman, primarily because he tends to accept most of the Pauline corpus as directly written or dictated by Paul and to insert the New Testament into a much stronger matrix of Roman (and not simply Semitic) culture. Further, he swims against the academic tide, claiming that the Gospels are biographies. Within this context, his final chapter, "Stories of Jesus Inside the Gospels," is masterly. Overall, this book provides an artful introduction to the New Testament for students of religion, both new and seasoned. While it cannot replace Raymond Brown's Introduction to the New Testament, it deserves appreciation. For academic libraries as well as public libraries with a good religion circulation.-David I. Fulton, Coll. of St. Elizabeth, Morristown, NJ Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Publisher's Weekly

Witherington (The Brother of Jesus), a professor at Asbury Theological Seminary, teams up with Asbury student Hyatt to introduce the New Testament to laypeople without sucking the life out of it, covering origin, plot and main characters. The first section is a thorough, lively discourse on the cultural background of the writing and compiling of the Testament. The second section delivers insights on entire books and individual passages, from the grand themes of Paul to the similarities among various episodes in the life of Peter. Readers used to taking scripture a few verses at a time may find that such observations inspire new appreciation for the New Testament as a whole. But lay readers might trip on the stumbling block of the book's scholarly bent; discussions of academic issues such as the literary relationship among Matthew, Mark and Luke, or John's indebtedness to Wisdom literature risk losing all but the most dedicated. Conservative evangelical readers should also know that the book casts doubt on Peter's authorship of 1 Peter and Paul's writing of 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy and Titus. Nevertheless, the depth and big-picture perspective of Witherington's work will succeed in bringing serious Bible students a fresh appreciation for the New Testament story. (May) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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