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Introducing the New Testament: A Short Guide to Its History and Message

, 2010
ISBN: 9780310493624

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This abridged edition of Douglas Moo and D.A. Carson’s An Introduction to the New Testament—an established major textbook—brings the best of New Testament scholarship to the church and makes it accessible to the average reader.

This book focuses on historical questions dealing with authorship, date, sources, purpose, and destination of the New Testament books. By focusing on the essentials, the authors ensure that each book is accurately understood within its historical settings. For each New Testament document, the authors also provide a summary of that book’s content and discuss the book’s theological contribution to the overall canon.

The resource includes questions at the end of each chapter to facilitate group discussion and personal review. It will help a new generation of students and church leaders better grasp the message of the New Testament.

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“The ‘synoptic problem’ is the predicament of coming up with a comprehensive explanation of both the similarities and differences in the Synoptic Gospels.” (Page 16)

“The most popular and defensible suggestion is that the gospels are biographies.” (Page 18)

“He presents five discourses, each of which begins in a specific context and ends with a formula found nowhere else: literally, ‘And it happened, when Jesus had finished saying these things, that …’ (7:28–29; 11:1; 13:53; 19:1; 26:1). Five times Matthew alternates between narrative (stories about Jesus) and discourse (Jesus’ teaching).” (Page 21)

“In short, John’s gospel not only is evangelistic in its purpose but aims in particular to evangelize Jews dispersed outside of Palestine as well as Jewish proselytes.” (Page 47)

“Two men in particular dominate the story: Peter (prominent in chs. 1–12) and Paul (prominent in chs. 13–28). The book is divided into six parts marked off by key summary statements highlighting the growth of God’s word or church (6:7; 9:31; 12:24; 16:5; 19:20).” (Page 53)

D. A. Carson (PhD, University of Cambridge) is research professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. He is the author or coauthor of over 50 books, including the Gold Medallion Award-winning book The Gagging of God and An Introduction to the New Testament. He is general editor of Telling the Truth: Evangelizing Postmoderns and Worship by the Book. He has served as a pastor and is an active guest lecturer in church and academic settings around the world.

Douglas Moo (PhD, University of St. Andrews) is the Blanchard Professor of New Testament at Wheaton College. His work centers on understanding the text of the New Testament and its application today. He has written extensively in several commentary series, including the NIV Application Commentary, Pillar Commentary, Tyndale New Testament Commentary, and the New International Commentary on the New Testament.


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    Henry Lara


    Very good resource.
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