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Encountering the New Testament: A Historical and Theological Survey, 3rd ed.

ISBN: 9781441256140

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Studying the New Testament can be an exciting—and intimidating—experience. This readable survey is designed to make the adventure less daunting and more rewarding. Two experienced classroom teachers offer a new edition of their bestselling and award-winning textbook. This resource includes sidebars that address ethical and theological concerns and provide primary source material, focus boxes isolating key issues, chapter outlines, learning objectives, summaries, and study questions. Students of the New Testament will find this introductory text both informative and engaging.

With Logos Bible Software, it’s easier than ever to use this valuable resource. The collection integrates seamlessly with your digital library, so you can access Encountering the New Testament: A Historical and Theological Survey from your desktop, tablet, or smartphone. All Scripture references link directly to the text of the Bible, making your study both scripturally sound and rewarding.

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  • Focus boxes addressing ethical/theological concerns
  • Highlight essays isolating key issues
  • Learning objectives and a chapter outline
  • End-of-chapter study questions, review questions, and chapter summaries

Top Highlights

“First, Jesus came primarily as a preacher-teacher who was delivering his message in spoken fashion to his hearers.” (Page 124)

“But perhaps the main reason for recording the Gospels was the need for factual material to use in the instruction of new converts.” (Page 58)

“We all stand in danger of seeing in the Bible only those things that our prior experiences or convictions dispose us to see.” (Page 13)

“Mark recorded Peter’s recollections and was striving for accuracy but not a tightly connected, strictly chronological narrative.” (Page 75)

“It seems that he wrote to warn his readers not to turn back to Judaism and to encourage them to stay true to faith in Jesus Christ.” (Page 331)

With this textbook we have arrived at an entirely new era in theological publishing. This volume is a production masterpiece . . . This textbook has so many strengths that it may well become the standard for the next generation of teaching college and university freshmen in the United States.

Craig Blomberg,Themelios

An excellent evangelical Bible survey resource. This volume does more than simply present the content of each New Testament book. Historical, cultural, and geographical backgrounds are interwoven to help readers understand the broader context in which Scripture must be understood . . . Easy to read and visually pleasing, this volume includes many features both teachers and students will find useful . . . This is a good resource for students and lifelong learners alike.

—Pam Betker, Bibliotheca Sacra

  • Title: Encountering the New Testament: A Historical and Theological Survey, 3rd ed.
  • Authors: Robert W. Yarbrough and Walter A. Elwell
  • Edition: 3rd
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 448

Robert W. Yarbrough (PhD, University of Aberdeen) is chair of the New Testament Department and an associate professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He is the author of Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament: 1–3 John.

Walter A. Elwell (PhD, University of Edinburgh) is an emeritus professor of biblical and theological studies at Wheaton College. He has edited numerous biblical reference works, including the Baker Theological Dictionary of the Bible and the Evangelical Dictionary of Theology.


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