The New Testament: A Student's Introduction

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This introductory student-centered text is now full color, enhancing its readers' visual experience! The fifth edition of "The New Testament" retains its effective 5-part organization ("An Invitation to the New Testament," "Diverse Portraits of Jesus," "An Account of the Early Church," "Paul and the Pauline Tradition," and "General Letters and Vision of End Time"), which traces the New Testaments chronological, thematic, and literary development and examines each New Testament document on a book-by-book basis. This method helps students to become familiar with the content and major themes of the New Testament as well as to acquaint themselves with the goals and methods of important biblical scholarship. The fifth edition of "The New Testament" is the best revision ever..

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Chapter 1 now emphasizes the importance of studying the New Testament critically, utilizing the tools of modern scholarship; Chapter 6 is rewritten to underscore the value of modern approaches to studying the formation of the Gospels.
An new chapter (Chapter 11), "The Other Gospels: Additional Portraits of Jesus" is added.
Other changes include a revision of the "Acts of the Apostles" chapter, and expanded coverage of Paul's thought, particularly his letter to the Romans. The book's final chapter contains a survey of post-New Testament Christian history, with a look at some compelling issues related to the New Testament's continuing relevance in the third millennium.
The scholarship, Recommended Readings, Glossary, and boxes are updated throughout. All of the visual aids, particularly the maps in the early chapters, are improved.
Harris's logical and convenient five part organization helps students successfully navigate the diverse material of the New Testament.
Pedagogy for each chapter includes a list of key themes, a summary, review questions, a list of key terms, a bibliography, and many maps and other visual aids. A complete glossary appears at the end of the book.
Chapter 12, "The Continuing Quest for the Historical Jesus," presents a balanced view of the scholarly debate about whether Jesus was an apocalyptic prophet or a wisdom teacher.

About the Author:

Stephen L. Harris is Professor Emeritus of Humanities and Religious Studies at California State University, Sacramento, where he served ten years as department chair. A Woodrow Wilson Fellow, he received his M.A. and Ph.D. from Cornell University. A member of the Society of Biblical Literature, his publications include Understanding the Bible (8th edition, 2011); The Old Testament: An Introduction to the Hebrew Bible (with Robert Platzner); Classical Mythology: Images and Insights (with Gloria Platzner); Exploring the Bible; and Fire Mountains of the West: The Cascade and Mono Lake Volcanoes, a survey of volcanic hazards on the U.S. Pacific Coast; and for National Geographic Books, Restless Earth, a study of global earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanic eruptions. He contributed the chapter on “Archaeology and Volcanism” to the Encyclopedia of Volcanoes (Academic Press, 2000).

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