Berding, Kenneth, and Williams, Matt, ed. What the New Testament Authors Really Cared About: A Survey of Their Writings. 2nd ed. Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications, 2015.
There are many introductory books to the New Testament in the market and many more are being published and reedited. That is the case of the book What the New Testament Authors Really Cared About: A Survey of Their Writings (2nd ed).
This book could be cataloged as an introduction to the New Testament because that is the purpose of this book. The book is structured and divided by biblical authors and the books they wrote. Its main focus is to provide readers with a better understanding about the main purpose that moved every New Testament writer to write the book or letter they wrote.
Every chapter opens by answering the questions Who? When? Where? and Why? These are the basic questions that every Bible student should seek to answer in order to be able to understand the basic of every book. Then the authors include carefully crafted verses from the book under study. The authors do not engage in theological, exegetical discussions, or textual issues. Instead they provide an overview of the context of each book and the author’s main purpose.
The book includes an introductory chapter entitled “Walking in the Sands of a First-Century Jew.” This chapter summarizes the Assyrian and the Babylonian exiles, the Persian and Greek periods, and how these events affected the nation of Israel. It also covers the transition from intertestamental times to the Roman Empire as the New Testament authors knew it. The chapter provides a solid base for the study of the following chapters.
A noteworthy characteristic from this book is the maps, charts, graphics, tables, and pictures it includes. That is a very helpful aid for students who are in the process of getting familiar to the New Testament, its times and custom. The hardcover and format make this book resistant to manipulation without the inconvenient of heaviness.
In summary, its structure and content make this book an excellent resource for seminary students, pastors, Bible students, and Christians in general. If you are planning to teach introduction to the New Testament in your church or to a group of students who have never study the New Testament before, this could be one of the most helpful books you can use for that purpose. Highly recommended.
I encourage every Christian from the English speaking world to buy this book. You can buy it here
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