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An Introduction to the New Testament
From The Publisher:
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.
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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About the Author
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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