By Carl R. Holladay
This e-book introduces the recent testomony in senses: it not just presents simple literary and historic info on all the twenty-seven writings but in addition orients readers to the non secular, theological, and moral concerns regarding the message and which means of Jesus Christ. the general target is to aid readers of the hot testomony develop into educated, dependable interpreters of those writings and thereby enhance their own religion and knowing. by way of giving particular emphasis to how the hot testomony has assisted in shaping the church’s identification and theological outlook during the centuries, in addition to the function it has performed in the broader cultures of either East and West, this creation additionally seeks to aid readers in exercise inventive, proficient management inside their very own groups of religion and in bringing a deeper realizing of early Christianity to their conversations with the broader public. besides separate chapters dedicated to each one New testomony writing, there are chapters explaining how this choice of texts emerged as uniquely authoritative witnesses to the church’s religion; why they have been famous as canonical while different early Christian writings weren't; how the 4 canonical Gospels are regarding each other, together with a dialogue of the Synoptic challenge; how the Jesus tradition––his teachings, tales from his ministry, and the bills of his anguish, loss of life and resurrection––originated and constructed into Gospels written in narrative shape; and the way the Gospels relate to Jesus Christ as he used to be and is. additionally integrated is a bankruptcy at the writings of Paul and the way they emerged as a suite of authoritative texts for the church. This bankruptcy encompasses a dialogue of historic letter-writing, unique issues for reading the Pauline writings, and Paul’s decisive impact in the historical past of the church and western tradition. a particular characteristic of this creation is its simultaneous ebook in versions. There is a typical, printed version with entire but precise insurance of every writing and supplementary chapters on comparable introductory questions. there's additionally an expanded CD-ROM model, which supplies fuller remedy (and assisting endnotes) to various concerns brought within the published model; presents broad, annotated bibliographies on every one bankruptcy; and contains extra maps, diagrams, charts, and different assets for lecture room use and private learn.
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Extra info for A Critical Introduction to the New Testament (Expanded Edition)
The questions that prompt us to do theology arise from many quarters. They may derive from our own personal quests, but they often arise within the church. Perhaps our congregation is trying to decide an issue relating to its own life together. Our denomination may be facing an issue with broad ramifications for church policy and for the ways people think about themselves, their fellow Christians, and how they will speak about God, Christ, and the Spirit. However these questions originate, we find ourselves trying to think about them in light of our faith commitments.
To take just one example, biblical interpretation has occurred for centuries, yielding its own set of rules and practices that are widely recognized, even if they are practiced differently. Or, when we engage in thought, we use principles of logic and common sense that constitute a set of assumptions that is widely shared, even among archrivals. We all recognize inconsistency as something we avoid rather than strive for. And so on. Without developing an entire taxonomy of theological practices, we can see how doing theology both presupposes and utilizes such practices.
It may be some crisis within the life of the believer or the community—an unexpected death, a breach of trust, a broken relationship, or an argument. It may be a crisis within the larger society— a war; a famine, an earthquake, or some other natural disaster; repressive measures taken by a hostile government against one’s religious group; or an economic crisis. It may be a question asked by someone inside or outside the community—a question about a text, a religious practice, or a belief. It need not be a crisis at all.
A Critical Introduction to the New Testament (Expanded Edition) by Carl R. Holladay