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An Introduction to the New Testament: Contexts, Methods, and Ministry Formation
deSilva, David A.

Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2018 pp. xxvi + 866.2nd Edition. $60.00

Description: This New Testament introduction is different. Many introductions zero in on the historical contexts in which the New Testament literature was written. This introduction goes farther―to give 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 the customary considerations of authorship, dating, audience, and message. This introduction capitalizes on the opportunity, 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 students preparing for ministry. This introduction is explicit in doing so, recognizing as it does that the New Testament itself―in its parts and as a whole―is a pastoral resource. Each chapter on the New Testament literature closes with a discussion of 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. First published in 2004, David A. deSilva's comprehensive and carefully crafted introduction to the New Testament has been long established as an authoritative textbook and resource for students. This beautiful, full-color second edition has been updated throughout with new scholarship and numerous images. It is the first choice for those convinced that a New Testament introduction should integrate scholarship and ministry.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, Literary Approaches, Social-Scientific Approaches, Theological Approaches

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Review by David Lertis Matson
Published 5/7/2020
Citation: David Lertis Matson, review of David A. deSilva, An Introduction to the New Testament: Contexts, Methods, and Ministry Formation, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2020).


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