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The Message of the New Testament [Paperback]

By F. F. Bruce (Author)
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This is a companion volume to H.L. Ellison's The Message of the Old Testament. It is a book that can be understood by the beginning Bible student and still be valuable for those who have studied the Scriptures for years. F.F. Bruce begins with Mark - and proceeds to the earlier epistles, the prison epistles, the pastoral epistles, Luke and Acts, Hebrews, Matthew, the general epistles, Revelation, and finally the Johannine epistles and gospel. He looks at the distinctive contribution of each book or group of books. The contents are: This was the Son of God, It is God who Justifies, The Eternal Purpose, God's Firm Foundation Stands, A Faith for the World, Jesus Christ the Teacher, Unchanging and Onward-Moving, This is the Victory, The Church in the World, and The Word Became Flesh. Contains brief bibliography and subject index.

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For nearly 2,000 years the New Testament has been loved, hated, treasured, criticized, believed, derided, read and studied, sometimes even died for. Few believers would ever question its importance as the authoritative documentary basis for the Christian faith. Yet the message of the New Testament has not always been clearly understood, even by those who have read and reread it. In this book -- now a modern classic -- the most respected evangelical scholar of the past generation guides readers to a clearer understanding of the New Testament's message. Beginning with Mark and proceeding through Paul's epistles, Luke and Acts, Matthew, Hebrews, the general epistles and gospel, F. F. Bruce looks at the individuality of the New Testament writers and explains the distinctive contribution their book or group of books makes to the overall message of the New Testament. By concentrating on major themes and not fine detail, Bruce succeeds in presenting the central teachings of the New Testament in a compact way. As his profound yet highly accessible scholarship demonstrates, though the New Testament is diverse in both form and content, it nevertheless communicates powerfully the unified witness that Jesus Christ is Lord.

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Studio: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Pages   120
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.03" Width: 6.05" Height: 0.33"
Weight:   0.4 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 23, 1973
Publisher   Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
ISBN  0802815251  
ISBN13  9780802815255  

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More About F. F. Bruce

Frederick Fyvie Bruce Frederick Fyvie Bruce (F.F. Bruce) (12 October 1910 – 11 September 1990) was a Biblical scholar and one of the founders of the modern evangelical understanding of the Bible. His first book, New Testament Documents: Are They Reliable? (1943), was voted by the American evangelical periodical Christianity Today in 2006 as one of the top 50 books "which had shaped evangelicals".

Bruce was born in Elgin, Moray, in Scotland and educated at the University of Aberdeen, Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge and the University of Vienna. After teaching Greek for several years, first at the University of Edinburgh and then at the University of Leeds, he became head of the Department of Biblical History and Literature at the University of Sheffield in 1947. Aberdeen University bestowed an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree on him in 1957. In 1959 he moved to the University of Manchester where he became Rylands Professor of Biblical Criticism and Exegesis. In his career he wrote over 40 books and served as editor of The Evangelical Quarterly and the Palestine Exploration Quarterly. He retired from teaching in 1978.

Bruce was a distinguished scholar on the life and ministry of Paul the Apostle and wrote several studies, the best known of which is Paul: Apostle of the Free Spirit (published in the United States as Paul: Apostle of the Heart Set Free). He also wrote commentaries on several biblical books including Romans, Acts of the Apostles, 1 & 2 Corinthians, Galatians, the Gospel and Epistles of John, and the Epistle to the Hebrews.

Bruce was in Christian fellowship at various places during his life, though his primary commitment was to the Open Brethren among whom he grew up. He enjoyed the fellowship and acceptance of this group, though he was very much a maverick in relation to his own personal beliefs. He never accepted the dispensationalism and pretribulationism usually associated with the Brethren, and he was also an advocate of the public ministry of women – something that Plymouth Brethren would still disapprove of today. Most of Bruce's works were scholarly, but he also wrote several popular works on the Bible. He viewed the New Testament writings as historically reliable and the truth claims of Christianity as hinging on their being so. To Bruce this did not mean that the Bible was always precise, or that this lack of precision could not lead to considerable confusion. He believed, however, that the passages that were still open to debate were ones that had no substantial bearing on Christian theology and thinking. Bruce was honored with two scholarly works by his colleagues and former students, one to mark his sixtieth and the other to mark his seventieth birthday. He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy, and served as President of the Society for Old Testament Study, and also as President of the Society for New Testament Study. He is one of a handful of scholars thus recognized by his peers in both fields.

Frederick Fyvie Bruce was born in 1910 and died in 1990.

Frederick Fyvie Bruce has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Coleccion Teologica Contemporanea: Estudios Biblicos
  2. Jesus Library
  3. Nelson's Compact
  4. Nelson's Super Value
  5. New International Commentary on the New Testament
  6. Tyndale New Testament Commentaries (IVP Numbered)
  7. Word Biblical Commentary
  8. Zondervan's Understand the Bible Reference

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Refreshingly Sane and Sober  Aug 4, 1999
I've been searching for a good, brief undergraduate-level textbook on the New Testament for a course in Biblical Theology. There are plenty of such textbooks for the literary and historical background of the various New Testament documents, but (at this level) precious few that devote themselves to the theological *message* of the New Testament documents.

The late F.F. Bruce, a highly distinguished scholar and believing Christian, provides such a summary here. After a brief consideration of method, Professor Bruce swiftly moves on to consider the earliest written witness to the life and teachings of Jesus -- the gospel of Mark --, presses into the question of the relationship between the historical Jesus and the Apostle Paul, and expounds some of the central ideas of Pauline theology such as the two ages, justification, the cosmic Christ, and the church as the body of Christ.

Taking Luke and Acts as one extended work, Bruce expounds the mission of Jesus and its continuation in the mission of the Apostles according to this historical witness. Subsequent chapters (among others) deal with the Gospel of Matthew, the strange Letter to the Hebrews, and the Gospel of John.

For reasons I cannot fathom, Bruce discusses the Apocalypse two chapters *before* he discusses the Gospel of John. Yet he offers no explanation of this choice -- not even the hypothesis that the writing of the Apocalypse preceded the Gospel. This is all the stranger, since Bruce thinks both books came from the same writer, the Apostle John.

The book, originally published in 1972, wears well for its age. It cannot, of course, discuss the latest fads spewed forth by the so-called "Jesus Seminar." But then, it doesn't need to.

This is a work of historical description and theological summary of the Christian gospel as it was preached and taught by the earliest Christians. On this most important subject, it's refreshingly sane and sober.


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