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An Introduction to the New Testament

, 2004
ISBN: 9780830866106
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An Introduction to the New Testament sets a fresh standard for New Testament introductions. This 2005 Gold Medallion finalist takes seriously the idea that the books of the New Testament were written as pastoral responses to concrete situations. It not only gives close attention to the historical, social, cultural and rhetorical dimensions of the ancient pastoral settings, it also integrates instruction in exegetical and interpretive strategies for its readers today, drawing out significant implications for contemporary ministry formation.

Rarely do introductions to the New Testament approach their task mindful of the needs of students preparing for ministry. An Introduction to the New Testament, however, is explicit in doing so. At the book’s heart is the premise that the New Testament itself—in its parts and as a whole—is a pastoral response. Each chapter on the New Testament literature closes with a discussion of the implications for ministry formation.

An Introduction to the New Testament’s integrative features alone would distinguish this introduction from others. But in addition, its pages brim with points of interest and other aids to learning. Separate chapters explore the historical and cultural environment of the New Testament era, the nature of the Gospels and the quest for the historical Jesus, and the life of Paul.

An Introduction to the New Testament should be welcomed by those who are radical enough to believe that, when it comes to training for the ministry, the New Testament should be introduced as if both scholarship and ministry mattered.

Praise for the Print Edition

This introduction helpfully and without apology attends to both the intellectual and spiritual formation of the reader. . . . I am happy to commend this introduction to a whole range of readers—students, pastors and educated laypersons.

—Ben Witherington III, Asbury Theological Seminary

David deSilva has written the New Testament introduction that I have wanted to use (and wish I had written). It is not only readable and comprehensive, but it also incorporates the latest in scholarly approaches to the New Testament. In this work we really do discover the New Testament in its historical, rhetorical and social context. Furthermore, it reads the New Testament as a pastoral and practical work. What more could one ask for? What more could one offer to students? I am indeed excited about this work.

—Peter H. Davids, Tyndale Theological Seminary (The Netherlands)

This compendious handbook to the New Testament writings will prove an invaluable resource in the classroom and study. The approach is lively and topical, with a special section devoted to the application of scholarship to ministry--a feature not often found in quality books like this. . . . In all, here is a volume that carves for itself a distinctive place in what is an overcrowded market, and will be welcomed by hard-pressed students and alert pastors alike. Well done!

—Ralph P. Martin, Fuller Theological Seminary

David deSilva provides us with a reliable, thorough and eminently useful introduction to the New Testament that allows students to experience the spiritual and historical significance of these writings for communities of faith. . . . His writing is remarkably clear and interesting, covering material of such significance that many students will find here a textbook that they will want to keep, one to which they will return repeatedly long after the course is over.

—Mark Allan Powell, Trinity Lutheran Seminary

If the textbooks available are not adequate, write one that is! This is precisely what David deSilva has done in his new interdisciplinary introduction to the New Testament--to the benefit of his students, and likewise for all who aspire to apply New Testament content to the ministry needs of the world today. . . . This book is highly recommended, and Professor deSilva is to be thanked for welcoming the rest of us into his classroom!

—Paul N. Anderson, George Fox University

This excellent introduction meets a special need, especially for seminarians concerned about how their academic study of the New Testament relates to ministry. David deSilva is conversant with a wide range of scholarship for the entire New Testament canon, its historical setting, and both traditional and more current approaches to the text (including rhetorical, literary and social approaches). His concern for ministry application is a valuable and unique feature, and his extensive proficiency in the ancient sources, already demonstrated in his earlier works, makes him an especially trustworthy guide in this area.

—Craig S. Keener, Eastern Seminary

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Product Details

  • Title: An Introduction to the New Testament: Contexts, Methods & Ministry Formation
  • Author: David A. deSilva
  • Publisher: InterVarsity
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Pages: 955

About David A. deSilva

David A. deSilva is Trustees' Professor of New Testament and Greek at Ashland Theological Seminary in Ashland, Ohio. He is the author of numerous books including 4 Maccabees (Septuagint Commentary Series); An Introduction to the New Testament: Contexts, Methods & Ministry Formation; Introducing the Apocrypha: Context, Message and Significance; Perseverance in Gratitude: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary on the Epistle "to the Hebrews;" Honor, Patronage, Kinship and Purity: Unlocking New Testament Culture; and The Hope of Glory: Honor Discourse and New Testament Interpretation. He holds ordination in the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Sample Pages from the Print Edition

  • Title: An Introduction to the New Testament: Contexts, Methods and Ministry Formation
  • Author: David A. deSilva
  • Publisher: IVP
  • Print Publication Date: 2004
  • Logos Release Date: 2007
  • Era: era:Contemporary
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subject: Bible. N.T. › Introductions
  • ISBN: 9780830866106
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David A. deSilva

Dr. David A. deSilva, PhD, is the Trustees’ Distinguished Professor of New Testament and Greek at Ashland Theological Seminary in Ohio, where he’s taught since 1995.

He’s written over 20 books in the areas of New Testament and Second Temple Judaism, including Unholy Allegiances: Heeding Revelation's Warning (Hendrickson, 2013), The Jewish Teachers of Jesus, James, and Jude (Oxford, 2012),Seeing Things John’s Way: The Rhetoric of the Book of Revelation (WJKP, 2009), An Introduction to the New Testament: Contexts, Methods & Ministry Formation (IVP, 2004), Introducing the Apocrypha (Baker Academic, 2002), and Perseverance in Gratitude: A Socio-rhetorical Commentary on the Epistle “to the Hebrews” (Eerdmans, 2000). He’s also interested in spiritual formation, having written Sacramental Life: Spiritual Formation through the Book of Common Prayer (IVP, 2008) and Praying with John Wesley (Discipleship Resources, 2001).

He’s ordained in the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church, and serves as director of music and organist at Christ United Methodist Church in Ashland. He and his wife, Donna Jean, have three sons.


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  1. Benjamin Allen

    Benjamin Allen

    6 months ago

  2. Nditsheni


    about 2 years ago

    Kindly help me to download this book. It is difficult for me to peruse the book on line and without data

  3. Jacques Labuschagne

    Jacques Labuschagne

    almost 3 years ago

  4. Joshua Allanson

    Joshua Allanson

    over 3 years ago

  5. Stephen Williams

    Stephen Williams

    almost 4 years ago

    Love the additional sections on what each book of the New Testaments theology means for spiritual formation. One of the early signs of scholarships turning again to serve the churches mission.

  6. Past Josefina Cespedes

    Past Josefina Cespedes

    about 4 years ago

  7. Dom


    about 4 years ago

  8. Dave Thawley

    Dave Thawley

    about 5 years ago

    This is a new area of study to me but I wanted to congratulate Dr DeSilva for producing such a great book. I've got a couple more on the same topic but compared with them I find this one very easy to read. It is written in a clear and concise way and his text flows logically from topic to topic. Thanks you.for helping me start to understand this field.

  9. Lynn Chotowetz

    Lynn Chotowetz

    almost 6 years ago

    Excellent overview

  10. Joey Spinks

    Joey Spinks

    about 6 years ago

  11. hasan meraj

    hasan meraj

    about 6 years ago

  12. David and Allison Preston
    barely read it....

  13. Dennis Pulley

    Dennis Pulley

    over 6 years ago

  14. David Sloan

    David Sloan

    over 6 years ago

  15. Robert  Leahy

    Robert Leahy

    almost 7 years ago

  16. Wade H. Hurst

    Wade H. Hurst

    almost 7 years ago

    Reading at this very moment for a course.

  17. Michael Herbert, M.Div., Pastor
  18. Glenn Paddison

    Glenn Paddison

    over 7 years ago

    Superb great for sermons and study

  19. Frank.Straub


    almost 8 years ago

  20. Clifford B. Kvidahl

    Clifford B. Kvidahl

    almost 8 years ago

  21. Jim Wait

    Jim Wait

    about 8 years ago

    Very thorough and easy to read. Very good bibliography: M. Boring, N T Wright, Richard Hays, L T Johnson, Gordon Fee, J Dunn, etc.etc


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