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Introduction to the New Testament
Reference Edition

By Carl R. Holladay

Introduction to the New Testament
Paperback, 1008 pages $89.95
Published: 15th March 2017
ISBN: 9781481306188
Format: 10in x 7in

Subjects: All Biblical Studies, New Testament

Christian interpretation of the Bible is not a simple task. While finding both its beginning and end in the theological claim that Scripture reveals to us “what God has done in Christ,” Christian interpretation demands much more. The interaction between believer and text is also conversation between reader and interpretive community, both ancient and modern. Theological interpretation entails close readings of texts but also a close analysis of contexts—the social and political shape of the Mediterranean world as well as our own. Interpretation requires the interweaving of theology, history, and literature.

In Introduction to the New Testament Carl R. Holladay does just that. He roots each of the New Testament’s twenty-seven writings in their historical, literary, and theological contexts. A true “Reference Edition,” Holladay provides thorough, detailed, and exacting overviews, background material, and textual analysis. Holladay leads readers to consider questions of canon, authority, and genre that shape the formation of the text and the text’s formation of the identity, theology, and mission of the church today. This Introduction does not leave its readers stranded in the first century; it also intentionally connects the message of the New Testament to the issues facing its faithful readers today. No stone goes unturned and no issue unexamined—Holladay’s Introduction to the New Testament is an essential text for any serious student of biblical interpretation.

List of Maps, Figures, Tables, and Plates

Preface to the Reference Edition

Preface to the First Edition



Part 1. Theology and Scripture

1. The New Testament as Theological Writings

2. The Shape of the Canon

Part 2. The Gospels: Narrative Traditions About Jesus

3. Relating the Gospels to Each Other

4. From Jesus to the Gospels

5. From the Gospels to Jesus

6. The Gospel of Mark

7. The Gospel of Matthew

8. The Gospel of Luke

9. The Gospel of John

Part 3. The Story of Jesus Continued: The Church’s Origin and Expansion

10. The Acts of the Apostles

Part 4. The Pauline Letters and Hebrews

11. Reading the Pauline Letters

12. The Thessalonian Letters

13. The Corinthian Letters

14. Galatians

15. Romans

16. Philippians

17. Philemon

18. Colossians

19. Ephesians

20. The Pastoral Letters

21. Hebrews

Part 5. The Catholic Letters

22. James

23. First Peter

24. Jude

25. Second Peter

26. The Johannine Letters

Part 6. Jesus in the Apocalyptic Imagination

27. Revelation

Part 7. The New Testament as the Church’s Book: The Formation of the New Testament Canon

28. The Christian Scriptures

Appendix 1. Ancient Canonical Lists

Appendix 2. Early Christian Views of the Gospels

"The readability of the text, the scholarly depth, and the richness of the supplementary matter make this New Testament introduction a valuable addition to both academic and clerical libraries."


Carl R. Holladay is C.H. Candler Professor of New Testament at Emory University's Candler School of Theology.

Publication Details:

 Paperback , 1008 pages
 10in x 7in
44 images

  REL006000, REL006220, REL006630
 Baylor University Press

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