Introduction to the New Testament
Imprint: Baylor University Press
Sales Date: 2017-02-28
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 PlatesPreface to the Reference EditionPreface to the First EditionAbbreviationsIntroductionPart 1. Theology and Scripture1. The New Testament as Theological Writings2. The Shape of the CanonPart 2. The Gospels: Narrative Traditions About Jesus3. Relating the Gospels to Each Other4. From Jesus to the Gospels5. From the Gospels to Jesus6. The Gospel of Mark7. The Gospel of Matthew8. The Gospel of Luke9. The Gospel of JohnPart 3. The Story of Jesus Continued: The Church’s Origin and Expansion10. The Acts of the ApostlesPart 4. The Pauline Letters and Hebrews11. Reading the Pauline Letters12. The Thessalonian Letters13. The Corinthian Letters14. Galatians15. Romans16. Philippians17. Philemon18. Colossians19. Ephesians20. The Pastoral Letters21. HebrewsPart 5. The Catholic Letters22. James23. First Peter24. Jude25. Second Peter26. The Johannine LettersPart 6. Jesus in the Apocalyptic Imagination27. RevelationPart 7. The New Testament as the Church’s Book: The Formation of the New Testament Canon28. The Christian ScripturesAppendix 1. Ancient Canonical ListsAppendix 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.~Choice
Holladay masterfully weaves theological insight together with necessary critical information in a way that simultaneously illumines the message of the NT, while readily supplying the committed reader with the dense history of New Testament scholarship.~David Anthony Basham, Arc: The Journal of the School of Religious Studies