Leading New Testament scholar, Warren Carter, is known for providing student-friendly texts. This introduction to the world of the New Testament offers a “big picture” perspective and is logically and memorably organized around seven events. Carter uses these events as launching pads to discuss larger cultural dynamics and sociohistorical realities that were in some way significant for followers of Jesus and the New Testament.
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Warren Carter is a skilled writer. Organized around seven key events and their effects, this book provides a fresh approach to setting the New Testament and early Christianity in context. Though scholars lack unanimity on some debated matters that introductions must treat, readers will find the book enjoyable, thought provoking, and full of fascinating information and perspectives.
—Craig Keener, professor of New Testament, Asbury Theological Seminary
Brilliantly conceived and accessibly written. Carter's seven events serve as doors through which to enter into and explore the cultural complexities of the early church. This book will be an excellent secondary text for courses on New Testament introduction, but it should also find its way into the hands of any reader interested in the sociocultural context of early Christianity.
—David A. deSilva, Trustees’ distinguished professor of New Testament and Greek, Ashland Theological Seminary