With Exploring the New Testament, Vol. 2: The Letters and Revelation students will discover: the kind of literature they are dealing with; the historical context and background of the letters and Revelation; the major questions in the scholarly study of these books; the structure and purpose of each book; the major themes and theology of each book; and the issues for today arising from each major area of study.
“demonstrate that the gospel shows that God is righteous in his dealings in and through Christ.” (Page 108)
“But if Paul kept copies of his own letters, maybe his own collection began to be copied and distributed by his associates quite soon after his death?” (Page 24)
“in the first century mystery cults from the east gained in popularity across the Mediterranean world.” (Page 15)
“his mature understanding of the gospel for the benefit of the congregations that he had founded” (Page 107)
The editors are to be congratulated for their success in achieving such a well-proportioned overview of the background material, introductory detail and controversial issues. The blend of summary and illustration, of information provided, questions asked and further study suggested provide beginning students and study groups with all the knowledge and stimulus they need to penetrate well below the surface of the New Testament documents surveyed.
—James Dunn, Lightfoot Professor of Theology, University of Durham
Howard Marshall has spent most of his career teaching in the University of Aberdeen, where he is now Honorary Research Professor of New Testament. He is a former President of the British New Testament Society and currently is Chair of the Tyndale Fellowship for Biblical Research. He has written commentaries on the Greek text of the Gospel of Luke and the Pastoral Epistles as well as on the English text of Acts, 1-2 Thessalonians and 1-3 John. He has a preaching ministry in the North of Scotland Mission Circuit of the Methodist Church and elsewhere. He has four married children.
Stephen Travis has taught New Testament at St. john’s College, Nottingham since 1969, where he is now also Vice-Principal and Director of Research. He has also enjoyed short spells of teaching (and learning!) in India, Australia and Sri Lanka. He has written at both a scholarly and a popular level on a variety of biblical themes, particularly the Christian hope. A Methodist layman, he has served the church on a number of theological commissions. He is married to Pat and they have a grown up daughter.
Ian Paul has studied math and theology and has taught in Nottingham and Salisbury. His doctrinal thesis on metaphor and the interpretation of Revelation (Power to See the World Anew) was published by Paternoster and Eerdmans in 2002. He is on the staff of St. Mary’s, Poole and is Managing Editor of Grove Books Ltd. He is married with three young children.