An Introduction to the New Testament: History, Literature, Theology
Boring, M. Eugene
Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2012 pp. xxxiv + 722. $50.00
Description: This thoroughly researched textbook from well-respected scholar M. Eugene Boring presents a user-friendly introduction to the New Testament books. Boring approaches the New Testament as a historical document, one that requires using a hands-on, critical method. Moreover, he asserts that the New Testament is the church's book, in that it was written, selected, preserved, and transmitted by the church. Boring goes on to explore the historical foundation and formation of the New Testament within the context of pre-Christian Judaism and the world of Jesus and the early church. He then examines the individual books of the New Testament, providing helpful background information and methods for interpretation, and revealing the narrative substructure found within each of the Gospels and Letters.
This volume includes helpful illustrations, charts, notes, and suggestions for further reading. Sections are laid out in a well-organized manner to help students navigate the content more easily.
Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Literature
Review by Pheme Perkins
Citation: Pheme Perkins, review of M. Eugene Boring, An Introduction to the New Testament: History, Literature, Theology, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2013).
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