The New Testament Story

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2004 - Religion - 283 pages
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This informative, clearly written book introduces the New Testament in two main ways: (1) it explains where the New Testament came from, and (2) it examines the New Testament writings themselves.

Ben Witherington first tells how and why the New Testament documents were written and collected and how they came to be known as the New Testament that we have today. He then discusses the main stories and major figures in the New Testament. Witherington looks particularly at the Gospels, examining how and why their stories differ and pointing out what these ancient biographies actually say about Jesus. He also surveys the ways that these stories were told and retold, explaining how this literary development has influenced Christian theology, ethics, and social thought.

At once scholarly and accessible -- it really is written in plain English -- Witheringtonbs guide to the origins and message of the New Testament is eminently suitable as a text for college and seminary students. With each chapter followed by a section called bExercises and Questions for Study and Reflection, b "The New Testament Story" will also prove valuable to individual readers and ideal for church classes and group Bible studies.

 

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Author of the immensely popular The Jesus Quest, Witherington (New Testament, Asbury Theological Seminary) here offers a New Testament introduction in miniature. Witherington reflects mainline ... Read full review

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Contents

The Tools and the Text
3
The Pedagogy and the Passion Sayings and Passion Stories about Jesus
28
Letters and Homilies for Converts
48
All the Good News That Was Fit to Print
73
The Selection Collection and Rejection of Texts
96
The Stories in the New Testament
107
Borrowed Tales from the Earlier Testament
109
Stories of Paul and Peter The Trials and Tribulations of Apostles
143
Stories of Jesus outside the Gospels
200
Stories of Jesus inside the Gospels
222
Basic Acts Time Line
273
Chronology of Pauls Life and Letters
275
Units of Weight and Measure with approximate metric and English equivalents
280
Map of the Roman Empire in the First Century CE
281
Map of Palestine in the First Century CE
282
Map of Pauls Journeys According to Acts
283

Tales of the Holy Family
183

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Page 19 - Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death — even death on a cross!
Page 19 - God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

About the author (2004)

Ben Witherington III is professor of New Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, Kentucky.

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