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An Introduction to the New Testament
Raymond Brown

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Format: Hardcover, 896pp.
ISBN: 9780300140163
Publisher: Yale University Press
Pub. Date: October 1997

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Raymond Brown's An Introduction to the New Testament, a future classic in the tradition of his The Birth of the Messiah and The Death of the Messiah, is the most valuable overview of the New Testament to be written in our time. Brown has brought a lifetime of unparalleled scholarship to bear in his landmark work, providing basic summaries of each book, a historical overview of the Greco-Roman world, and discussions of key theological issues.

Every generation needs a comprehensive, reliable Introduction to the New Testament that opens the biblical text to the novice. Raymond E. Brown's An Introduction to the New Testament is the most trustworthy and authoritative guidebook for a generation seeking to understand the Christian Bible.

Universally acknowledged as the dean of New Testament scholarship, Father Brown is a master of his discipline at the pinnacle of his career. Who else could cover the entire scope of the New Testament with such ease and clarity? This gifted communicator conveys the heartfelt concern of a beloved teacher for his students, as he walks the reader through the basic content and issues of the New Testament. While the book contains a wealth of information, its most impressive features are how the author boils down a life time of scholarship into basic summaries of each book, provides a historical overview of the ancient Greco-Roman world, engages in discussions of theological issues, and presents supplementary material for deeper understanding, such as tables, maps, bibliographies, and appendixes. Those opening to the New Testament for the first time and those seeking deeper insights could not ask for more in a primer to the Christian Bible.


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From The New York Times Book Review, Anthony J. Saldarini: 
No book can do everything, not even in 850 pages, and no author can encompass the whole wealth of contemporary thought. Father Brown's forthright declaration of his convictions in the foreword and his resolute defense of them in his exegesis rest on a robust confidence in reason and a moderate and balanced traditionalism. This judicious and reassuring approach may comfort many.

From Howard Clark Kee - Society of Biblical Literature: 
...[A] monumental introduction to the NT.... unique....[T]he aim is to make these early Christian writings accessible for beginning students...and to encourage the careful reading of the NT....Its emphasis on theological and christological issues may make it inappropriate for undergraduates, but it should serve uniquely well as a resource for theological students and for scholars of any age who want to be updated on the issues as set forth in the substantive and extensive bibliography.

 

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Raymond E. Brown, the foremost New Testament scholar in the U.S., is Auburn Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Biblical Studies at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. He holds over twenty honorary doctorates from Catholic and Protestant universities. He is author of over twenty-five books on the Bible, including the acclaimed volumes The Birth of the Messiah and The Death of the Messiah.

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Forward and Acknowledgments

INTRODUCTORY BACKGROUND MATERIAL
Abbreviations
Useful Information about the Bible as a Whole
Chronological Table of People and Events Pertinent to the NT
Maps of Palestine and the Mediterranean Area

PART I: PRELIMINARIES FOR UNDERSTANDING THE NEW TESTAMENT

Chapter 1. The Nature and Origin of the New Testament
Chapter 2. How To Read the New Testament
Chapter 3. The Text of the New Testament
Chapter 4. The Political and Social World of New Testament Times
Chapter 5. The Religious and Philosophical World of New Testament Times


PART II: THE GOSPELS AND RELATED WORKS

Chapter 6. Gospels in General; Synoptic Gospels in Particular
Chapter 7. The Gospel According to Mark
Chapter 8. The Gospel According to Matthew
Chapter 9. The Gospel According to Luke
Chapter 10. The Acts of the Apostles
Chapter 11. The Gospel According to John
Chapter 12. First Epistle (Letter) of John
Chapter 13. Second Letter to John
Chapter 14. Third Letter to John


PART III: THE PAULINE LETTERS

Chapter 15. Classifications and Format of New Testament Letters
Chapter 16. General Issues in Paul's Life and Thought
Chapter 17. An Appreciation of Paul
Chapter 18. First Letter to the Thessalonians
Chapter 19. Letter to the Galations
Chapter 20. Letter to the Philippians
Chapter 21. Letter to Philemon
Chapter 22. First Letter to the Corinthians
Chapter 23. Second Letter to the Corinthians
Chapter 24. Letter to Romans
Chapter 25. Pseudonymity and DeuteroPauline Writing
Chapter 26. Second Letter to the Thessalonians
Chapter 27. Letter to the Colossians
Chapter 28. Epistle (Letter) to the Ephesians
Chapter 29. Pastoral Letter: To Titus
Chapter 30. Pastoral Letter: The First to Timothy
Chapter 31. Pastoral Letter: The Second to Timothy


PART IV: THE OTHER NEW TESTAMENT WRITINGS

Chapter 32. Letter (Epistle) to the Hebrews
Chapter 33. First Letter to Peter
Chapter 34. Epistle (Letter) of James
Chapter 35. Letter (Epistle) of Jude
Chapter 36. Second Epistle (Letter) of Peter
Chapter 37. The Book of Revelation (The Apocalypse)


APPENDIXES
The Historical Jesus
Jewish and Christian Writings Pertinent to the NT

INDEXES
Bibliographical Index of Authors
Index of Subjects

ILLUSTRATIVE TABLES
1. Chronology of People and Events Pertinent to the New Testament
2. Material Usually Allotted to Q
3. Luke's Infancy Narrative Structure
4. Luke's Use of Marks
5. Paul's Activities in the Letters and Acts
6. Pauline Chronology
7. Comparing Ephesians and Colossians
8. The Letters to the Angels of the Churches


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