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An Introduction to the New Testament: Contexts, Methods and Ministry Formation [Hardcover]

By David A. Desilva (Author)
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Study Scripture as if both scholarship and ministry matter! Acknowledging that New Testament texts were initially pastoral responses, deSilva approaches them with clergy-bound students in mind. Offering skillful discussions of authorship, audience, date, and message, he also introduces relevant facets of interpretation---and ministerial implications---for each Gospel and Epistle. Includes maps, photos, and study aids.

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A 2005 Gold Medallion finalist Some introductions to the New Testament highlight the historical contexts in which the New Testament literature was written. This introduction gives particular attention to the social, cultural and rhetorical contexts of the New Testament authors and their writings. Few introductions to the New Testament integrate instruction in exegetical and interpretive strategies with their customary considerations of authorship, dating, audience and message. This introduction capitalizes on the opportunities, introducing students to a relevant facet of interpretation with each portion of New Testament literature. Rarely do introductions to the New Testament approach their task mindful of the needs of students preparing for ministry. This introduction is explicit in doing so, assuming as it does that the New Testament itself--in its parts and as a whole--is a pastoral response. Each chapter on the New Testament literature closes with a discussion of the implications for ministry formation. These integrative features alone would distinguish this introduction from others. But in addition, its pages brim with maps, photos, points of interest and aids to learning. Separate chapters explore the historical and cultural environment of the New Testament era, the nature of the Gospels and the quest for the historical Jesus, and the life of Paul. This introduction by David A. deSilva sets a new standard for its genre and is bound to appeal to many who believe that the New Testament should be introduced as if both scholarship and ministry mattered.

Awards and Recognitions
An Introduction to the New Testament: Contexts, Methods and Ministry Formation by David A. Desilva has received the following awards and recognitions -
  • Gold Medallion Book Awards - 2005 Finalist - Reference/Commentaries category

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Item Specifications...

Studio: IVP Academic
Pages   996
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 10.32" Width: 7.1" Height: 2.21"
Weight:   4 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   May 8, 2004
Publisher   IVP-InterVarsity Press
ISBN  0830827463  
ISBN13  9780830827466  

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More About David A. Desilva

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! The Rev. Dr. David A. deSilva is Trustees' Distinguished Professor of New Testament and Greek at Ashland Theological Seminary, Director of Music, and Organist at Christ United Methodist Church in Ashland, Ohio. He is also an elder in the Florida Conference and author of eighteen books, including New Testament Themes.

David A. Desilva has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Guides to the Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha
  2. Paideia: Commentaries on the New Testament

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Reviews - What do customers think about An Introduction to the New Testament: Contexts, Methods and Ministry Formation?

Great book!  Mar 11, 2008
I've only read a few chapters so far, but this is a fantastic book. Very in-depth for an Introduction, and filled with tons of useful information. The chapter on Mark's Gospel is tremendous. I can't wait to finish the book! No doubt it will be useful for a lifetime of reference.
Overly secular oriented  Oct 17, 2007
The author cited lots of ancient literature trying to "reconstruct" the context of NT, and the author tried very hard to make "down to earth" explanation of the text of NT, such that the humanistic(i.e. social, political, economical, military) factors outshined the other side of the sacred text(e.g. divine inspiration and revelation).

The author utilized a variety of social context(codes, customs, practices...) to explain the text and the content of the New Testament. Yet during the process something seemed missing and other things popped up, just like putting too thick a layer(s) of icing on a cake, in the end it became a humongous candy.

The section discussing Greco-Roman patronage and divine favor seemed to level biblical grace down with human acts of mutual benefits. And the biggest difference between the God of the Bible(inculding both Old and New Testamet) and gods of other religions was, is and continues to be the costly free grace. It's a pity that the author didn't go deep in this area, insted, the author brought forth the ancient patronage concept to explain it the opposite way.

Personally I would suggest the author to pay more attention to the Old Testament background of the New Testament, instead of putting most of the energy in seular contexts.

There are more suitable NTI material for the naive, and there are more excellent NTI material for the advanced. Personally I don't object to look into secular backgrounds, but it should not be used to supercede the immediate context(in this case, the text of OT) of the text, or misconstrue the meaning(s) of the text itself.

By the way, the author used many long sentences some readers might find them annoying and even ambigious. Perhaps that one of the characterists of "academic works" and I am not an "academic".

Above are all personal opinions.
Great reference  May 13, 2007
This is a great book for looking in the background of the writer of each book of the New Testament. It gives more that just the other's opinion, it discusses the opinion of other authors and shows what the possible interpretation and intent of the writer.
Fantastic!!  Jan 3, 2007
This book is an easy read. For anyone interested in the histo-cultural aspect of New Testament times, not just seminary students. This is a book that I will permanently keep as a reference.
A very good reference for the study of the New Testament  Apr 7, 2006
I've had the great pleasure of being one of Dr. deSilva's students at Ashland Seminary and the somewhat lesser pleasure of having read nearly every chapter in this book in the process. The main weakness in this book is in the editing. The writing could be more concise and clear in many places. This makes it difficult to read from cover to cover, but presents less of a problem when using the book as a reference. It almost seems as if each chapter was written to stand on its own. Many of the same points are made repeatedly throughout the book as they apply to different books of the New Testament. That said, the book also has many strengths.

At the end of each chapter is a section on "ministry formation" which draws practical lessons for ministry and discipleship based on the previous reading. I found these to be very insightful and the most interesting and valuable parts of the book. The "exegetical skill" and "cultural awareness" sections that are sprinkled throughout the book are also very good. Separating the exegetical skill material from the main text makes it easy to find and apply to study of parts of the NT other than the immediate context in which the particular sections appear.

Overall this book is very good seminary level course and reference material that I know will be very useful to me in the future. It's a poor substitute for the lively and highly interactive teaching that you would get in one of the author's classes, but it's a lot less expensive.

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