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De-introducing the New Testament: Texts, Worlds, Methods, Stories
Penner, Todd and Davina C. Lopez

Chichester, UK: Wiley, 2015 pp. xii + 242. $99.95

Description: In De-Introducing the New Testament, the authors argue for a renewed commitment to the defamiliarizing power of New Testament studies and a reclaiming of the discipline as one that exemplifies the best practices of the humanities. A new approach that asks us to ‘defamiliarize’ what we think we know about the New Testament, articulating themes and questions about its study that encourage further reflection and engagement; it looks behind the traditional ways in which the NT is “introduced” to critically engage the conceptual framework of the field as a whole; it provides a critical intervention into several methodological impasses in contemporary NT scholarship; it offers an appraisal of the relationship between economics and culture in the production of NT scholarship; it is written in a style that is clear and concise, ideal for student readership.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, Ideological Critique

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Review by Juan Hernández Jr.
Published 6/7/2018
Citation: Juan Hernández Jr., review of Todd Penner and Davina C. Lopez, De-introducing the New Testament: Texts, Worlds, Methods, Stories, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2018).

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