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Overview This text is a classic by one of America's most widely respected New Testament scholars. It provides a clear and comprehensive introduction to the New Testament. In a straightforward and understandable style--without distortion or oversimplification--Prof. Metzger closely examines the historical background and content of the New Testament and details the role of scribes and translators in handing the Scriptures down through the centuries. Utilizing the finest modern scholarship, Dr. Metzger looks at the people, societies, and events that produced the New Testament. Palestinian Judaism, Greco-Roman paganism, sources of our knowledge of Jesus Christ, essential aspects of Christ's teaching, sources and chronology of the apostolic age, the work of Paul, the general letters, and the Book of Revelation are all clearly illuminated. The Second edition of this book added an appendix on the formation of the canon of the New Testament and the work of scribes. The third edition will represent a substantial update of the 1965 text based on the New Revised Standard Version. In addition to stylistic changes, the author updates the text regarding research on the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Nag Hammadi tractates. This edition adds a glossary, 30 graphics and photos, and is resized to a larger 6x9 page.
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Studio: Abingdon Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.44" Width: 6.06" Height: 1.1" Weight: 1.41 lbs.
Release Date May 1, 2003
Publisher Abingdon Church Supplies
ISBN 0687052637 ISBN13 9780687052639
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More About Bruce Manning Metzger
Bruce M. Metzger is the George L. Collord Professor of New Testament Language and Literature Emeritus at Princeton Theological Seminary. A past president of the Society of Biblical Literature and the Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas, he has made valuable contributions to the areas of textual criticism, philology, paleography, and translation.
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Recent Shipment Apr 5, 2010
Received my book well ahead of the time i expected to and the book was in excellent condition. I would buy from this seller again! Thanks.
fascinating, full of invaluable information and very readable Feb 8, 2010
My son's gone back to college. He left this book lying around on his bedroom floor, so I decided to read it. After all, I'm leading a Bible study on the book of Mark on Tuesday mornings. Knowing more about the New Testament, Its Background, Growth and Content, can only help.
Since the book was clearly a college text book I wasn't sure how far I'd get. After all, college texts can be really slow to read. But I actually finished the book in two days and could scarcely put it down.
Since I grew up with a "Catholic" Bible, I was fascinated to learn more about the history of intertestament times and the Maccabean revolt. The insights into all the different groups of people in Judea at the time of Christ help bring a lot of the Gospel stories and Christ's teachings to life. And the information on local customs, in action and in speech, are truly amazing.
Interesting examples included the use of Judean overstatement (as opposed to British understatement I suppose), and picturesque speech (logs and specks in peoples' eyes). Rhythm and puns that we miss in translation were quite fascinating too. And the insights into how texts were collected, combined, used and preserved make the whole question of where our New Testament comes from much more interesting and well-grounded, besides providing a logical background to modern arguments about "hidden" and "lost" books.
I liked the fact that the author didn't shy away from difficulties. He doesn't assume that every word in some favorite translation is perfectly preserved, but instead looks at how the translations were made, how changes crept in, and how well-researched the analysis of those changes is. I've always known that the historical evidence for the Bible rivals and probably beats that for the Roman documents I studied in Latin in school, but it was nice to see the arguments so clearly laid out.
I really enjoyed this book. I don't know that I'm ready to take an exam on it, and I probably don't want to go back to college to find out. But I'm glad my son left it lying around.
New Testament: Its Background, Growth and Content Mar 1, 2009
The book I recieved was in great shape but I did not recieve it in a timely manner. Apparently, the seller got it back in the mail and had to resend it. I have no idea how that happened. No harm done, I was just worried I wasn't going to get the book I was charged for.
The New Testament Jun 29, 2008
The New Testament Study, by Bruce M. Metzger is a very informative book that has helped me tremendously with my knowledge and understanding of the history behind the Bible.
Metzger's scholarship suffers only from his apologetics Dec 25, 2006
Surprisingly, this particular work of Metzger's is not as impressive as most of his other scholarly works. However, it must be acknowledged it is designed more as an introduction to the New Testament, giving only brief overview to NT issues.
It is primarily concerned with the background and content, giving little attention to the growth of the NT. The first section goes over the background -- the politics, social life, religious life, etc of New Testament era Palestine (not quite called that at that point in history).
The rest of the book is taken up with giving an overview of every book in the New Testament, tedious reading if one has already read it several times, as Metzger rarely adds anything new. He has a short chapter at the end about the canon, which is a brief synopsis of his book on the subject (The Canon of the New Testament: Its Origin, Development, and Significance), and includes an appendix about transmission and translation, both synopses of two books he has written on those subjects (The Text of the New Testament: Its Transmission, Corruption, and Restoration, and The Bible in Translation: Ancient and English Versions). It is better to read those books than merely rely on the small attention given in this book.
The main impression one gains from an impartial reading is that Metzger is definitely not impartial in the writing of this book. He is not so in any of his books, but in this book in particular, it is obvious he takes an apologetic slant in several instances. One thing that struck me as just a little intellectual dishonesty was on page 105: he talks about the many statements and insights given by Paul as one of the most influential forces by Christianity and states that NOT ONCE has any of those things made it into the Gospels as sayings of Jesus. Then on page 117, he talks about the "large number of allusions to sayings of Jesus, so many that some scholars have thought it likely that Paul may have had in his hands a collection of Jesus' sayings," and puts a note (14) with many examples where it appears Paul has quoted Jesus. It is very possible that Paul has quoted Jesus in all of those instances. He never mentions it is just as possible since Paul wrote all of those letters before any of the Gospels were written, the gospels may have been quoting Paul. There is just no way to know, but it is obvious which way the sequence of writing points.
While he acknowledges (as appropriate for a scholar such as he) there are many problems -- discrepancy after contradiction after difficulty after inaccuracy, as well as plenty of adjustments by the church over the centuries, for good measure -- he nevertheless shows his faith in the truth of the New Testament. He has more faith than possible for many scholars in the position of knowing as much truth about the New Testament as he does. One may still respect Metzger for immense scholarship in his real specialty of textual criticism of the NT.