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Overview Clear, Biblical answers to some of the most common questions about the New Testament are provided in one concise book. (Biblical Studies)
Packed with big truth, this little book on the New Testament can be read in roughly one hour, making it a book you'll actually read. Mark Driscoll, one of America's most influential pastors, answers the nine most common questions about the New Testament-questions about authorship, different translations, trustworthiness of the Scriptures, and more-and gives an overview of the various kinds of New Testament literature. Two appendices include a comprehensive list of further resources and a checklist for reading through the entire New Testament.
On the New Testament is part of a series of inexpensive and accessible books that give clear, biblical answers to difficult theological questions and controversies. Through this series readers will get a solid and simple introduction to the Bible by investing just a little time.
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Studio: Crossway Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 6.14" Width: 6.34" Height: 0.19" Weight: 0.18 lbs.
Release Date Jun 9, 2008
Publisher Crossway Books/Good News
Series A Book You'll Actually Read
ISBN 1433501341 ISBN13 9781433501340
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More About Mark Driscoll
Mark Driscoll was the founding pastor of Mars Hill Church, a multi-site congregation based in Seattle that spaned 15 locations in five states. He was the founder of Resurgence (theResurgence.com), co-founder of the Acts 29 Network, and the author of numerous books. Pastor Mark's sermons reach millions of listeners online, and in 2010 Preaching magazine named him one of the 25 most influential pastors of the past 25 years. Pastor Mark and his wife have five children.
Gerry Breshears (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is professor of theology and chairman of the division of biblical and theological studies at Western Seminary. He also serves as an elder and on the preaching team at Grace Community Church in Gresham, Oregon.
Reviews - What do customers think about On the New Testament (A Book You Will Actually Read)?
For anyone Mar 26, 2009
A great small book that would benefit anyone Christian for several years, nonChristian, or a new Christian as Mark Driscoll breaks down the New Testament in a short book that will take you about one hour to read, but is loaded with content.
Short, introductory, and useful. Good expectations make for a good read. Feb 27, 2009
This book, along with its Old Testament companion, are incredibly short reads, and nobody's going to mistake you for a Bible scholar after you've read them. That said, there's a lot of value in them. You'll get a quick overview of both testaments, including their history canonization, and themes. You'll also get a concise breakdown of authorship and major focus on a book-by-book basis. So in an hour or two, you can have a good understanding of the starting point for further Biblical study.
And if you go into these books with that expectation -- that they are in fact a starting place -- then you'll leave them pleased. As I've mentioned in my review of the Old Testament book, you'll get your money's worth purely from the recommended reading list, which is large, thorough, and well-explained.
Accomplishes its purpose well Nov 14, 2008
I really appreciated this book.
I got it in the mail on Friday, and was easily able to read it in about an hour. As I was reading I kept thinking about how much I would love to get this book into the hands of members of my church.
As is probably obvious by the book's title and size, it is a very brief introduction to the New Testament. Driscoll started the book by answering nine basic common questions people have about the New Testament ranging from "How were the New Testament books chosen as Scripture?" to "How did Jesus interact with Scripture?" He provides all sorts of basic information that I could see being extremely helpful for someone who was first trying to get a handle on what the New Testament actually is. Chapter two provides basic instruction on how to read the New Testament. He discusses the different genres present among the 27 books hat make up the New Testament, and he offers a brief summary of each individual book. There are also some helpful charts and graphs sprinkled throughout the book.
The book ends with two appendices, one on building a theological library and the other a New Testament reading checklist. He recommends a number of good volumes on all sorts of theological topics that will be helpful for anyone desiring to become a more serious student of the Bible. The books he recommends are quite conservative, but I personally always feel more comfortable erring on the side of conservatism when it comes to pointing would-be Bible students to resources. I appreciate that fact that Driscoll makes it clear that becoming a student of Scripture is going to require the commitment of considerable time and resources. No one develops a deep knowledge of and love for the Bible on accident. Driscoll does, however, provide URL's for a number of excellent free online resources that will be of some help for those strapped for cash.
In sum, this is a great book to introduce people to the New Testament (particularly if they have a short attention span). I gave the book four stars out of five because it would have been nice to see a little bit more detail about how to read and interpret Scripture, but even as I say that I realize this was meant to be a brief introduction. Mark Driscoll and Crossway have done the Church a great service by producing this book.