Essential to an understanding of the New Testament is a comprehension of the individuals, events, and social movements that shaped the setting from which Jesus and his followers emerged. Unfortunately, many accounts by historians can leave readers feeling overwhelmed and confused. New Testament History provides a worthy solution to this problem. A well-known expert on the social situation of the New Testament, Ben Witherington offers an engaging look into the world that gave birth to the Christian faith.
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Praise for the Print Edition
This is a very readable and informative survey of the rise of Christianity against its historical background. I can think of no higher praise than to say that this book may well do for this generation what F. F. Bruce’s New Testament History did for an earlier one.
—I. Howard Marshall, University of Aberdeen
A well written and informative overview not only for theologians and specialists but also for every educated and interested reader. It gives a fine introduction to the time of Jesus and the apostles and includes several new historical and archaeological insights. The numerous illustrations are also valuable.
—Martin Hengel, University of Tübingen
New Testament History fills a significant gap in biblical background textbooks. This well-written book, with its choice photographs, maps, and sidebars, will engage and enlighten students painlessly! I recommend it enthusiastically.
—Craig A. Evans, Acadia Divinity College
This is a fine choice for undergraduates and lay church members, as well as more advanced students, who will most appreciate Witherington’s sensitivity to the complexities of history.
An engaging narrative replete with clear maps and judiciously chosen excerpts from many sources such as Josephus and Qumran.
—Fred W. Burnett, Religious Studies Review
- Title: New Testament History: A Narrative Account
- Author: Ben Witherington III
- Publisher: Baker
- Publication Date: 2003
- Pages: 432
About Ben Witherington III
Ben Witherington III (Ph.D., University of Durham) is professor of New Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary. He is the author of over twenty books, including The Jesus Quest, and numerous books in the Socio-Rhetorical Commentary Series.