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Overview Fifteen top-rated professors from twelve leading Christian colleges and universities have collaborated to write this succinct, accessible New Testament survey. Unlike similar entry-level textbooks, all the contributors teach undergraduate students and understand their culture. Includes fifty-three color photographs, six maps, and more than one hundred sidebars.
Fifteen top-rated professors from twelve leading Christian colleges and universities have collaborated to write this succinct, accessible New Testament survey. Unlike similar entry-level textbooks, all the contributors teach undergraduate students and understand their culture. Introductory issues (Who? When? Where? Why?) are condensed to a one-page snapshot of all the most pertinent information. In addition, more than one hundred applications are highlighted in sidebars to clarify how the New Testament authors might apply their writings to Christians living in the twenty-first century. The book's uncomplicated structure and creative format make it a perfect tool for Christian education programs in the church and college New Testament courses.
Praise for What the New Testament Authors Really Cared About
"I have been using What the New Testament Authors Really Cared About for a full year and have had better response from my university students to this text than any I have used in the past two decades. The question is not whether a text covers everything that I as a Ph.D. In New Testament think should be covered in a survey of the New Testament. Rather, the question is whether such a text covers well and compellingly what can be covered well in a freshman-level class full of students who need to be drawn into a deeper interaction with God's Word. My survey students find the format of this text readable and the content helpful. I highly recommend it."
George H. Guthrie, Union University
"One of the challenges of teaching NT survey courses for general university students is striking the balance between giving them too much information, so that they are overwhelmed, and leaving them with too little, so that they are not stretched. This challenge is epitomized by the choice of text that is used. The great value of What the New Testament Authors Really Cared About is that the editors and authors have thought deeply about this issue, resulting in a volume that succeeds in finding that balance. Based on the confirmation that I have already received from students, I anticipate using this text to great benefit in my survey classes for years to come."
Jonathan Lunde, Biola University
"What the New Testament Authors Really Cared About is unique in that it is written by college professors for college students. Customarily college texts are written by seminary professors. While I have nothing against seminary profs, there is a world of difference between the two settings. This text gets right to the point and highlights the most important content for the target audience. The presentation is clear and attractive and the result is that students have a resource that meets them at their level and leads them to a much deeper understanding of God's Word."
Scott Duvall Ouachita Baptist University
"This book is helpful, informative, and accessible to undergraduates for whom the bottom line generally is, "What's the bottom line]" It contains a good balance between content summary and relevant historical background information to bring the New Testament documents to life. It would make a great text for a one semester New Testament survey course."
Gunther H. Juncker, Toccoa Falls College
"While teaching Freshman New Testament Survey courses for more than thirty years, I have been constantly looking for a textbook that will be suitable for these Freshman courses. The book What the New Testament Authors Really Cared About has been the best textbook to meet that need."
Julio C. Vena, Toccoa Falls College
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Studio: Kregel Academic & Professional
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.11" Width: 7.54" Height: 0.52" Weight: 1.31 lbs.
Release Date Jul 1, 2008
Publisher Kregel Publications
ISBN 0825425395 ISBN13 9780825425394
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More About Kenneth Berding & Matt Williams
Kenneth Berding (PhD, Westminster Theological Seminary) is professor of New Testament at Talbot School of Theology at Biola University, and the director of Bible Fluency. He is the author of numerous books and articles and was previously a church planter in the Middle East. He has written many worship songs and served as a worship pastor in local church ministry. He regularly blogs at The Good Book Blog. Ken is married to Trudi and has four daughters.
Kenneth Berding was born in 1949 and died in 1501.
Reviews - What do customers think about What the New Testament Authors Really Cared About: A Survey of Their Writings?
Good tool for teaching New Testament Feb 11, 2010
I teach adult college students (usually over 25 most in their 30-early 50's). What I needed wasn't a major academic book to refer to (I also own Geisler's NT and EBS NT) but a book that could give me a quick overview of the author's perspective, audience, key points and specific events unique to the author and that writing.
The book is arranged by author not by order of the NT text. This helps you get into the thinking of the person who wrote more than one book and makes it easier to see key ideas being repeated or being expanded in other writings. It is well organized with answering Who, Why, When, Where questions at the beginning along with key ideas on the first page and several important verses from the text. Each key point is then developed further within that chapter. Pages are colorful and many photos that use a shadowing technique to make them "pop" off the page. Small little "post it notes" highlight a question or a thought provoking statement. At the end of each chapter are a list of key words found that were used in the text. The end of the book contains one page of notes from various chapters and a small index.
One thing that would be helpful is to add a small summary at the end of each chapter and/or each author to get the overall perspective of what has been covered. Although the book isn't designed this way, perhaps a link to a website to give additional information on the key words mentioned at the end of the text would be useful.
I would recommend this book for students who are not digging for academic depth, on a short semester (our class last for only 5 sessions of 4 hours each), and supplement for instructors as needed. What the New Testament Authors Really Cared About: A Survey of Their Writings
Takes a look at the men behind the Bible and tries to interpret their true intentions Apr 10, 2009
Although perhaps inspired by God, the Bible was written by men. "What the New Testament Authors Really Cared About: A Survey of Their Writings" takes a look at the men behind the Bible and tries to interpret their true intentions. Breaking down each of the authors and trying to dig into their mind, it dives into their true intentions and how their ideas may be applied to today. Enhanced with many full color photos and the history of the New Testament, "What the New Testament Authors Really Cared About" is a dissection of one half the book that has impacted billions of lives.
very good Feb 23, 2009
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Good Overview Sep 24, 2008
This book is unusual in that it really gives you the main point of the books of the New Testament. It is helpful in being organized by authors rather than by book order (this brings the Gospel of John, the Letters of John, and the Book of Revelation together). I find it to be accurate (I am a seminary graduate) and concise. I plan to use it in teaching a Bible Institute at our church, as the New Testament survey. This book really does get the main points across, I know many pastors and students who have a hard time summarizing what the Book of Ephesians is about, for instance, and yet it really is centered on a theme. The same goes for all of the New Testament. This book helps you to see that for yourself, and you will then have an easier time understanding the Bible as you read it.
Excellent resource Jul 2, 2008
This New Testament survey is a very helpful addition amidst the many other choices available to readers. I went to a Christian University and wish that this book would have been used in my NT survey class. In fact, I think it may be more useful to college students than some of the the many other choices available to readers, such as Gundry or Elwell/Yarbrough. Fifteen NT scholars from twelve evangelical colleges and universities contributed to the volume, thus allowing professors who are proven teachers and scholars to present the material in a readable and challenging manner. The work is written especially for undergraduate students (by undergraduate professors) and seeks to emphasize and focus on the concerns of the nine NT authors. What is rather unique about this survey is that there is a clear motive by the authors/editors to connect the cares of the NT authors to the our lives today. There are multiple sidebars throughout the book that apply the biblical text to contemporary issues and concerns. You can certainly tell that the goal was not just to explain the text for the sake of knowledge but to deepen the readers' relationship with Jesus. Also included are many color maps, pictures and other helpful visual aids. Each chapter begins by asking and briefly answering "who, why, when, and where" questions and ends with a "key words for review." Overall, this book will be an excellent resource for undergraduate NT courses and could even be used in similar settings in the church. Highly recommended.