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These books, as the title suggests, are more general in focus, in that they are usually a single volume with chapters for each of the books of the New Testament. Because of this, they are more introductory in nature but are still useful.
Introduction to the New Testament by
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.
The Cradle, the Cross, and the Crown: An Introduction to the New Testament by
This is a conservative approach to an Introductory work. Each of the authors espouses the belief that all the works in the New Testament were written by the people whose names are attached to them.
"Although Scripture cannot be reduced to a mere piece of human writing, there is much to gain by paying careful attention to the historical, literary, and theological dimensions of the biblical text. For this reason, The Cradle, the Cross, and the Crown is offered to the serious New Testament student who seeks to better understand and share God’s “word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15). It thoroughly introduces all twenty-seven New Testament books and closely examines Christ’s incarnation and virgin birth, the heart of His ministry shown so vividly in the Gospels’ Passion Narratives, and the triumphant return of Jesus and our eternal reign with Him as depicted in Revelation. The second edition includes additional information on how to interpret the Gospels and Acts, parables, and epistles, as well as an epilogue on the storyline of Scripture. Bibliographies and footnote documentation are updated throughout." - B&H Publishers
Introduction to the New Testament: The Abridged Edition by
Unfortunately, there is no digital version of the unabridged work, however: "This new, concise version maintains the essence and centrist interpretation of the original without tampering with Brown’s perspective, insights, or conclusions. The biblical writings themselves remain the focus, but there are also chapters dealing with the nature, origin, and interpretation of the New Testament texts, as well as chapters concerning the political, social, religious, and philosophical world of antiquity. Furthermore, augmenting Brown’s commentary on the New Testament itself are topics such as the Gospels’ relationship to one another; the form and function of ancient letters; Paul’s thought and life, along with his motivation, legacy, and theology; a reflection on the historical Jesus; and a survey of relevant Jewish and Christian writings." - Yale University Press
Introducing the New Testament by
"This engaging and up-to-date New Testament introduction has been carefully designed for the classroom. Mark Allan Powell presents disputed and controversial issues fairly, neither dictating conclusions nor privileging skepticism over faith-based perspectives. A recognized expert in New Testament scholarly literature, he nevertheless writes in a lively and lucid style that communicates well to undergraduates. Chapters appear in the book in canonical order but are designed for assignment in any order. Besides helpful teaching aids like sidebars, maps, tables, charts, glossary, diagrams, and suggestions for further reading, this full-color textbook also includes beautiful artwork illustrating the reception of the New Testament through various times and cultures." - Baker Academic Press
Introduction to the New Testament by
This is a two volume work. Vol 2 (History and Literature of Early Christianity) can be found
This is a two volume work. The first volume goes through the historical background of the world in which the New Testament was formed while the second volume discuss the New Testament literature proper. Although these are a little more dated than some of the others on this list, they are considered the standard introduction to the New Testament resources in many New Testament programs.