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The New Testament: A Historical and Theological Introduction

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This substantial introduction explores the origin and character of the New Testament writings. Donald Hagner deals with the New Testament both historically and theologically, employing the framework of salvation history. He treats the New Testament as a coherent body of texts and stresses the unity of the New Testament without neglecting its variety.

Throughout this capstone work, Hagner delivers balanced conclusions in conversation with classic and current scholarship, making this an essential resource for seminarians, graduate students, and upper-divisional undergraduates for study and lifelong reference.

The Logos Bible Software edition of this volume is designed to encourage and stimulate your study and understanding of Scripture. Biblical passages link directly to your English translations and original-language texts, and important theological concepts link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. In addition, you can perform powerful searches by topic and find what other authors, scholars, and theologians have to say about the Word of God.

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  • Focuses primarily on understanding the theological content and meaning of the New Testament texts
  • Covers typical questions of introduction such as author, date, background, and sources
  • Includes summary tables, diagrams, maps, and extensive bibliographies to enhance study


  • Introduction and Background
  • The Gospels: The Proclamation of the Kingdom
  • Acts: The Earliest Preaching of the Kingdom
  • Paul and His Epistles: The Interpretation of the Kingdom
  • The Deutero-Pauline Letters: Extending the Teaching of the Apostle
  • Hebrews and the Catholic Epistles: Non-Pauline Christianity
  • The Apocalypse: The Consummation of the Kingdom
  • The Text and Canon of the New Testament

Top Highlights

“were ‘myth,’ stories not historically true but in various ways symbolic of transcendent truths.” (Page 85)

“to exercising judgment or discernment concerning every aspect of it” (Page 5)

“Paul knows only one gospel, for both Jews and Gentiles” (Page 373)

“second reason is that the concept of the kingdom had Jewish roots and would not have been easily understood by Gentiles” (Page 313)

“Judaism is more a religion of praxis than of doctrine, where what one does matters much more than what one believes” (Page 40)

  • Title: The New Testament: A Historical and Theological Introduction
  • Author: Donald A. Hagner
  • Publisher: Baker Academic
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Pages: 848

Donald A. Hagner is the George Eldon Ladd Emeritus Professor of New Testament and the senior professor of New Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary. He is the author of Encountering the Book of HebrewsNew Testament Exegesis and Research: A Guide for Seminarians, and commentaries onHebrews and Matthew. Hagner is also coeditor of the New International Greek Testament Commentaryand an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA).


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