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New Testament Introduction (The College Press NIV Commentary | CPNIVC)

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This book is aimed at both college students and the interested Christian reader. Teachers may wish to give assignments from C. K. Barnett, The New Testament Background (NTB) to supplement the understanding of the New Testament environment. To this end, suggested readings have been added in many of the bibliographies.

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“This period—from Mattathias’s uprising in 167 b.c. to the coming of Pompey in 63—witnessed the rise of the three most important religious-political sects: Pharisees, Sadducees, and Essenes.” (Page 20)

“In Jerusalem Paul received his formative education studying finally under the great sage, Rabban Gamaliel I (Acts 22:3). Gamaliel was truly one of the luminaries of his day. His title ‘Rabban,’ which appears in the Mishnah, means ‘our Master’ and was considered more honorific than ‘Rabbi’ (‘my Master’).” (Page 217)

“None of the rest of the Julio-Claudian emperors—all of whom were related either to Augustus or to his wife, Livia—possessed Augustus’ political savvy. His immediate successor, Tiberius, however, was quite competent as was Claudius. The former is referred to in Luke 3:1 and the latter in Acts 18:2. Gaius Caligula and Nero, on the other hand, are synonymous with madness and debauchery. They knew no moral restraint and possessed no respect for human life. Caligula almost touched off a Jewish war when he ordered (in a.d. 38) his statue to be erected in the Holy of Holies in Jerusalem. Nero ordered the first Christian persecution (a.d. 64) executing hundreds (perhaps thousands) of believers in the cruelest of fashions, among them Peter and Paul (see Chapter 8).” (Page 180)

“Antiochus sent an official named Apollonius to enforce his designs. Apagan cult of the Greek deity, Zeus, was set up in the temple. Pigs were offered as sacrifices to Zeus on the altar once used for Yahweh. An idol of Zeus was actually erected in the Holy of Holies. Temple prostitutes practiced within the sacred precincts. Circumcision, keeping the Sabbath and reading the Torah were now prohibited by decree. Menelaus continued as High Priest, but now he was the High Priest of Zeus.” (Page 15)

  • Title: The College Press NIV Commentary: New Testament Introduction
  • Author: David A. Fiensy
  • Series: College Press NIV Commentary
  • Publisher: College Press
  • Print Publication Date: 1997
  • Logos Release Date: 2001
  • Era: era:Contemporary
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subject: Bible. N.T. › Introductions
  • Resource ID: LLS:29.3.7
  • Resource Type: text.monograph.introduction.new-testament
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2023-09-20T20:06:19Z

David Fiensy, Ph.D., has been a professor at Kentucky Christian University since 1995. Prior to this he served for six years as the Senior Minister at Grape Grove Church of Christ, Jamestown, Ohio.


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