Okay, we are approaching the end game on The New Testament in its World (NTiiW), I’m proofing the galleys (so many pictures!), preparing the workbook, and I’m getting excited. This book has been like ten years in the making, there is an accompanying DVD that is already out, and it is already #1 at Amazon.com in Paul’s Letters (Books) and Jesus, the Gospels & Acts (Books). No wonder, it is like a condensed summary of N.T. Wright’s life-work with some useful supplements from me. Its strengths are its focus on historical context, literary sensitivity, theological nuance; it is choc full of pictures, charts, and tables; good mixture of textual background and textual commentary; covering critical issues but also contemporary application; and even a bit of my sense of humor thrown in too (watch out for sections called “Emails from the Edge”). I’m rather hoping that this becomes THE go-to NT Intro for like the next 25 years.
Here’s the blurb:
The New Testament in Its World is your passageway from the twenty-first century to the era of Jesus and the first Christians. A highly-readable, one-volume introduction placing the entire New Testament and early Christianity in its original context, it is the only such work by distinguished scholar and author N. T. (Tom) Wright.An ideal guide for students, The New Testament in Its World addresses the many difficult questions faced by those studying early Christianity. Both large and small, these questions include:
- What is the purpose of the New Testament?
- What was the first-century understanding of the kingdom?
- What is the real meaning of the resurrection in its original context?
- What really were the Gospels?
- Who was Paul and why are his letters so controversial?
- As twenty-first-century people, how do we recover the excitement of what it was like to live as Christians in the first or second centuries?
In short, The New Testament in Its World brings together decades of ground-breaking research, writing, and teaching into one volume that will open readers’ eyes to the larger world of the New Testament. It presents the New Testament books as historical, literary, and social phenomena located in the world of Second Temple Judaism, amidst Greco-Roman politics and culture, and within early Christianity.
So it is time to pre-order! You don’t want to miss out on getting your copy this November.
So order now because stocks are limited!*
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