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A Critical Introduction to the New Testament: Interpreting the Message and Meaning of Jesus Christ [Paperback]

By Carl R. Holladay (Author)
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Provides basic literary and historical information on each of the 27 writings of the New Testament.

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This book introduces the New Testament in two senses: it not only provides basic literary and historical information on each of the twenty-seven writings but also orients readers to the religious, theological, and ethical issues related to the message and meaning of Jesus Christ. The overall goal is to help interested readers of the New Testament become informed, responsible interpreters of these writings and thereby enrich their personal faith and understanding. By giving special emphasis to how the New Testament has helped shape the church s identity and theological outlook throughout the centuries, as well as the role it has played within the broader cultures of both East and West, this introduction also seeks to assist readers in exercising creative, informed leadership within their own communities of faith and in bringing a deeper understanding of early Christianity to their conversations with the wider public. Along with separate chapters devoted to each New Testament writing, there are chapters explaining how this collection of texts emerged as uniquely authoritative witnesses to the church s faith; why they were recognized as canonical whereas other early Christian writings were not; how the four canonical Gospels are related to one another, including a discussion of the Synoptic Problem; how the Jesus tradition his teachings, stories from his ministry, and the accounts of his suffering, death and resurrection originated and developed into Gospels written in narrative form; and how the Gospels relate to Jesus Christ as he was and is. Also included is a chapter on the writings of Paul and how they emerged as a collection of authoritative texts for the church. This chapter includes a discussion of ancient letter-writing, special considerations for interpreting the Pauline writings, and Paul s decisive influence within the history of the church and western culture. A distinctive feature of this introduction is its simultaneous publication in two versions. There is a standard, printed version with comprehensive yet detailed coverage of each writing and supplementary chapters on related introductory questions. There is also an expanded CD-ROM version, which gives fuller treatment (and supporting endnotes) to numerous issues introduced in the printed version; provides extensive, annotated bibliographies on each chapter; and includes additional maps, diagrams, charts, and other resources for classroom use and personal study. "

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Studio: Abingdon Press
Pages   609
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.98" Width: 7.1" Height: 1.38"
Weight:   2.51 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 1, 2005
Publisher   Abingdon Church Supplies
Edition  Expanded  
ISBN  0687085691  
ISBN13  9780687085699  


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More About Carl R. Holladay


Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Carl Holladay is Professor of New Testament at Candler School of Theology, Emory University.

Carl R. Holladay has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Emory Studies in Humanities
  2. Fragments from Hellenistic Jewish Authors


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1Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Bible & Other Sacred Texts > Bible > New Testament
2Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Reference > Criticism & Interpretation > Criticism & Interpretation
3Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Reference > General


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The 'Must Have' Introduction  May 11, 2006
While a student and one of Dr Holladay's student assistants in the mid-eighties, I wondered when he would write his 'big book'. This is it. This critical introduction will no doubt become the standard introduction to the New Testament in most seminaries and, hopefully, college courses. Dr. Holladay is an absolutely first rate scholar who maintains a keen interest in the Church's life and ministry. The book is the ideal combination in that it is both thorough and accessible. I recommend it enthusiastically and without reservation.
 
From the cover:  Aug 9, 2005
From the book:
This introduction provides basic literary and historical information on each of the twenty-seven writings of the New Testament, but it also orients readers to the religious, theological, and ethical issues related to the message and meaning of Jesus Christ. By giving special emphasis to how the New Testament has helped shape the church's identity and theological outlook throughout the centuries and the role it has played within the broader cultures of both East and West, this book assists readers in exercising creative, informed leadership within their own communities of faith. A distinctive feature of the book is its simultaneous publication in two formats: a standard printed edition with comprehensive yet detailed coverage; and the Expanded CD-ROM Version, which includes supporting endnotes, extensive annotated bibliographies on each New Testament book, additional maps, diagrams, and charts, and other resources for classroom use and personal study.
 
Excellent New Testament Intro  Jul 17, 2005
Dr. Holladay was my N.T. professor at seminary and was absolutely outstanding. This book is a must for serious students of the N.T.. The included CD has a tremendous amount of material not included in the book which is equally outstanding. As a pastor, I keep this book on my desk at all times. Fantastic !!!
 

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