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Invitation to the New Testament

First Things

Second Edition

Ben Witherington III

Publication Date - January 2017

ISBN: 9780190491949

520 pages
Hardcover
7-1/2 x 9-1/4 inches

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Retail Price to Students: $54.95

An introduction to the contents of the New Testament--a historical, social, and faith-friendly approach

Description

Writing with his usual flair and reader-friendly style, renowned scholar, author, and lecturer Ben Witherington III offers a balanced approach to the New Testament in this faith-friendly introductory text. An ideal textbook for college survey courses, this volume is also captivating reading for seminary students and general readers.

FEATURES

* Numerous dynamic color photos keep students engaged

* Maps and charts provide visual overviews at a glance

* Marginal definitions bring students up to speed on new concepts

* Chapter-ending study questions review key ideas and encourage reflection

* First-century quotations expose students to the world of the New Testament

* "A Closer Look" boxes cover more advanced topics

New to this Edition

  • Provides more discussion of the content of the New Testament itself--and simpler, reduced coverage of complex historical context--making the text more accessible for freshmen students taking the survey course
  • Weaves the discussion of the New Testament itself throughout the narrative in section-by-section content outlines, summaries of events and teachings, and reflections on theological interpretation
  • A revised and expanded Part Three provides more comprehensive coverage of Paul's letters
  • A glossary at the end of the text defines key terms
  • Revisions and streamlining throughout the text make for a more accessible overall presentation

About the Author(s)

Ben Witherington III is Amos Professor of the New Testament for Doctoral Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary and also serves on the doctoral faculty at St. Andrews University in Scotland. One of the world's top evangelical scholars, he has written more than fifty books and is also a popular lecturer. Along with many interviews on radio networks across the country, he has been seen on the History Channel, NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, the BBC, The Discovery Channel, A&E, and the PAX Network.

Previous Publication Date(s)

November 2012

Reviews

"This is truly a fine volume. It is inviting to young readers, asking them to think through certain issues rather than merely presenting the material."--Jonathan Watt, Geneva College

"Ben Witherington is one of the most helpful writers on the New Testament that I have ever encountered."--Andy Chambers, Missouri Baptist University

Table of Contents

    Foreword
    Acknowledgments
    The Plan of this Book
    PART I. BACKGROUND AND FOREGROUND
    Chapter 1. The Texture of the Text of the New Testament
    The Material Used
    Why a Continuous Flow of Letters?
    The Oral and Rhetorical World of the New Testament
    Implications of What We Have Learned
    Chapter 2. The Literature of the New Testament
    What Are the Gospels (and Acts)?
    What about the "Letters" of the New Testament?
    In the End, Apocalypse
    What Is the Story the New Testament Seeks to Tell?
    What Sort of History Is This?
    Implications
    Chapter 3. Jesus of Nazareth in His Early Jewish Setting
    Did Jesus Even Exist?
    What Manner of Man Was He?
    What Is a Miracle?
    Were There "Lost Christianities"?
    Chapter 4. First Century Family Values
    Greece and Rome Will Not Leave Us Alone
    Social History and Ordinary Life
    Implications
    PART II. THE GOSPELS AND ACTS
    Chapter 5. The Earliest Good News--Mark's Gospel
    Who Was Mark, and When Did He Write?
    How Is Mark's Gospel Arranged?
    Brief Contents
    The Presentation of and Reflection on Christ in Mark
    Marking Time
    The Kingdom Comes with Teaching and Healing
    A Closer Look: Jesus' Wisdom Teachings--Parables, Aphorisms, Riddles
    The Dramatic, Surprise Ending of Mark's Gospel
    Implications
    Chapter 6. The MOST POPULAR GOSPEL--MATTHEW
    Describing a Scribe
    The Audience, Date, and Character of Matthew's Gospel
    Matthew's Special Contributions to the Story of Jesus
    The Sermon on the Mount
    The Peter Principle
    The Grand Finale
    Implications
    Chapter 7. Luke the Historian's Two-Volume Work--Luke--Acts
    Luke's Hellenistic, Yet Jewish, Historical Approach to Jesus and "the Way"
    Who Was Theophilus?
    Who Was Luke?
    The Logical and Theological Structuring of Luke--Acts
    The Gospel of the Holy Spirit
    Luke's Views of Jesus
    Synopsis of the Content of Luke--Acts
    Implications
    Chapter 8. The Last Word on Jesus--The Beloved Disciple's Testimony in the Gospel of John
    First Things
    The Theological Structure of the Fourth Gospel
    A Closer Look: The I Am Sayings
    In Passing--Meaningful Asides in the Gospel of John
    A Glimpse of Glory--Special Moments in the Gospel of John with Nicodemus, the Samaritan Woman, Mary Magdalene, and Peter
    Synopsis of Contents
    Implications
    PART III. PAUL AND HIS RHETORICAL LETTERS
    Chapter 9. Paul--Outlines of the Life and Letters of the Apostle
    The Trinity of Paul's Identity
    Paul the Multilingual, Multicultural Apostle
    Rhetoric in the Greco-Roman World
    Paul's Rhetorical Letters
    Paul's Narrative Thought World
    Five Stories that Shook and Shaped Paul's World and Worldview
    Implications
    Chapter 10. Paul the Letter Writer Part One: The Earlier Letters
    Paul's First Salvo--Galatians
    Synopsis of Contents
    1 and 2 Thessalonians
    Synopsis of Contents
    Implications
    Chapter 11. Paul the Letter Writer Part Two: The Capital Pauline Epistles
    1 and 2 Corinthians
    Synopsis of Contents
    A Closer Look: Paul, Sex, and Women
    Synopsis of Contents
    Romans--The Righteousness of God and the Setting Right of Human Beings
    Synopsis of Contents
    Implications
    Chapter 12. Paul the Letter Writer Part Three: The Captivity Epistles
    Synopsis of Colossians and Ephesians
    Colossians 3:18-4:1/Ephesians 5:21-6/9--The Household Codes
    Synopsis of Contents
    Philemon
    Philippians
    Implications
    Chapter 13. Paul the Letter Writer Part Four: The Pastoral Epistles and the Problem of
    Pseudonymous Letters
    Why the Authorship Issue Matters
    The Pastoral Epistles--What Sort of Rhetoric Is This?
    Primary Argument about False Teachers
    Secondary Argument about False Teachers
    Outlines and Synopses of Contents of the Pastorals
    Titus
    1 Timothy
    2 Timothy
    Implications
    PART IV. LETTERS AND HOMILIES FOR JEWISH CHRISTIA NS
    Chapter 14. The Sermon of James the Just--Jesus' Brother
    General Epistles?
    James--A Wisdom Sermon in Encyclical Form
    The Language, Wisdom, and Rhetorical Style of James
    The Authorship and Provenance Question
    What Kind of Document Is James?
    Synopsis of Contents
    Implications
    Chapter 15. The Other Brother and his Eschatological Thinking--Jude
    Jude--The Man
    Jude the Book
    Jude's Audience
    Synopsis of Contents
    Implications
    Chapter 16. The Suffering Servant--1 Peter
    The Social World of Early Christianity
    The Authorship, Audience, and Social Milieu of 1 Peter
    The Rhetorical Outline of 1 Peter
    Synopsis of Contents
    Implications
    Chapter 17. The Sermon of the Famous Anonymous Preacher--Hebrews
    The Authorship, Audience, and Provenance of Hebrews
    The Rhetoric of Hebrews
    Core Samplings
    Implications
    Chapter 18. A Beloved Sermon and Two Elderly Letters--1-3 John
    The Authorship Issues
    The Social Context of the Johannine Epistles
    The Date and Provenance of the Johannine Epistles
    The Rhetoric of the Johannine Epistles
    The Rhetorical Structure of 1 John
    The Rhetorical Structure of 2 John
    The Rhetorical Structure of 3 John
    Core Samples--1 John 4
    Implications
    PART V. IN THE END--APOCALYPSE--AND THEREAFTER
    Chapter 19. Picking up the Pieces, Forming up the Canon-2 Peter
    Preliminary Considerations
    The Mystery That Is 2 Peter
    Putting Together the Pieces
    The Rhetoric of 2 Peter
    Core Samplings--2 Peter 1.12-21
    Implications
    Chapter 19. APOCALYPSE LATER--THE BOOK OF REVELATION
    Who, What, When, Where, and Why?
    The Particularity of Revelation
    The Rhetoric and Resources of Revelation
    Revelation in Its Social Setting in Western Asia Minor
    The Christology of Revelation
    The Genre of Revelation
    Core Samplings: Revelation
    Implications
    Chapter 20. The Making of the New Testament--Did the Canon Misfire?
    Canon Consciousness and Scripture Consciousness
    The Rise of New Testament Scripture and Canon Consciousness
    The Organizing of Orthodoxy and Orthopraxy
    In the End
    Implications
    Appendix A. Right on Q? Are the Synoptics a Problem?
    Appendix B. Epistolary Pseudepigrapha and Intellectual Property in Antiquity--Framing the Discussion
    Key Terms
    Index