An Introduction to the New Testament focuses on 'special introduction' - historical questions dealing with authorship, date, sources, purpose, destination, and so forth. This approach stands in contrast to recent texts that concentrate more on literary form, rhetorical criticism and historical parallels - topics the authors don't minimise, but instead think are better given extended treatment in exegesis courses.
By refocusing on the essentials, An Introduction to the New Testament ensures that the New Testament books will be accurately understood within historical settings. For each New Testament document, the authors also provide a substantial summary of that book's content, discuss the book's theological contribution to the overall canon, and give an account of current studies on that book, including recent literary and social-science approaches to interpretation.
This second edition includes:
- A new chapter which provides a historical survey examining Bible study method through the ages
- The chapter on Paul has been expanded to include an analysis of debates on the 'new perspective'
- The discussion of New Testament epistles has been expanded to form a new chapter