Invitation to the New Testament: First Things

Hardcover | November 30, 2012

byBen Witherington

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Writing with his usual flair and reader-friendly style, renowned scholar, author, and lecturer Ben Witherington offers a balanced approach to the New Testament in this exceptional introductory text. Addressing the content, context, and interpretation of the New Testament in a faith-friendlylight, Invitation to the New Testament: First Things is unique in that keeps the original social and rhetorical milieux of the New Testament in mind. An ideal textbook for college survey courses, this volume is also captivating reading for seminary students and general readers.

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Writing with his usual flair and reader-friendly style, renowned scholar, author, and lecturer Ben Witherington offers a balanced approach to the New Testament in this exceptional introductory text. Addressing the content, context, and interpretation of the New Testament in a faith-friendlylight, Invitation to the New Testament: First ...

Ben Witherington III is Amos Professor of the New Testament for Doctoral Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary and also serves on the doctoral faculty at St. Andrews University in Scotland. One of the world's top evangelical scholars, he has written more than forty books and is also a popular lecturer. Along with many interviews on ra...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:480 pages, 9.25 × 7.5 × 0.98 inPublished:November 30, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ForewordAcknowledgmentsThe Plan of this BookPART I. BACKGROUND AND FOREGROUND1. The Texture of the Text of the New TestamentThe Material UsedWhy a Continuous Flow of Letters?The Oral and Rhetorical World of the New TestamentImplications of What We Have Learned2. The Literature of the New TestamentWhat Are the Gospels (and Acts)?What about the "Letters" of the New Testament?In the End, ApocalypseWhat Is the Story the New Testament Seeks to Tell?What Sort of History Is This?Implications3. Jesus of Nazareth in His Early Jewish SettingDid Jesus Even Exist?What Manner of Man Was He?What Is a Miracle?Were There "Lost Christianities"?4. First Century Family Values ?Greece and Rome Will Not Leave Us AloneSocial History and Ordinary LifeImplicationsPART II. THE GOSPELS AND ACTS ?5. The Earliest Good News - Mark's GospelWho Was Mark, and When Did He Write?How Is Mark's Gospel Arranged?The Presentation of and Reflection on Christ in MarkMarking TimeThe Kingdom Comes with Teaching and HealingA Closer Look: Jesus' Wisdom Teachings--Parables, Aphorisms, RiddlesThe Dramatic, Surprise Ending of Mark's GospelImplications6. The MOST POPULAR GOSPEL - MATTHEW?A Closer Look: Anonymous Gospels and Later Guesses?Describing a ScribeThe Audience, Date, and Character of Matthew's GospelMatthew's Special Contributions to the Story of JesusThe Sermon on the MountThe Peter PrincipleImplications7. Luke the Historian's Two-Volume Work - Luke - ActsLuke's Hellenistic, Yet Jewish, Historical Approach to Jesus and "the Way"Who Was Theophilus?Who Was Luke?The Logical and Theological Structuring of Luke--ActsThe Gospel of the Holy SpiritLuke's Views of JesusImplications8. The Last Word on Jesus - The Beloved Disciples' Testimony in the Gospel of JohnFirst ThingsThe Theological Structure of the Fourth GospelA Closer Look: The I Am SayingsIn Passing - Meaningful Asides in the Gospel of JohnA Glimpse of Glory - Special Moments in the Gospel of John with Nicodemus, the Samaritan Woman, Mary Magdalene, and PeterA Closer Look: The Crucifixion of JesusImplicationsPART III. PAUL AND HIS RHETORICAL LETTERS9. Paul--OUTLI NES of the LIFE and LETTERS of the APOSTLE?The Trinity of Paul's IdentityPaul the Multilingual, Multicultural ApostleRhetoric in the Greco-Roman WorldPaul's Rhetorical LettersImplications10. Paul's Narrative Thought WorldFive Stories that Shook and Shaped Paul's World and WorldviewImplications11. Paul the Letter WriterPaul's First Salvo - GalatiansRomans - The Righteousness of God and the Setting Right of Human Beings1 and 2 Thessalonians1 and 2 CorinthiansA Closer Look: Paul, Sex, and WomenThe Captivity EpistlesImplications12. The Pastoral Epistles and the Problem of Pseudonymous LettersWhy the Authorship Issue MattersEpistolary Pseudepigrapha and Intellectual Property in Antiquity--Framing theDiscussionThe Pastoral Epistles - What Sort of Rhetoric Is This?ImplicationsPART IV. LETTERS AND HOMILIES FOR JEWISH CHRISTIA NS?13. The Sermon of James the Just - Jesus' BrotherGeneral Epistles?James - A Wisdom Sermon in Encyclical FormThe Language, Wisdom, and Rhetorical Style of JamesThe Authorship and Provenance QuestionWhat Kind of Document Is James?Core SamplingsImplications14. The Other Brother and his Eschatological Thinking - JudeThe Jude ManA Closer Look: Galilee and the Hellenizing of the Holy LandJude the BookJude's AudienceImplications15. The Suffering Servant - 1 PeterThe Social World of Early ChristianityThe Authorship, Audience, and Social Milieu of 1 PeterThe Rhetorical Outline of 1 PeterA Closer Look: The Peter of the New Testament and Early Christian HistoryCore SamplingsImplications16. The Sermon of the Famous Anonymous Preacher-HebrewsThe Authorship, Audience, and Provenance of HebrewsThe Rhetoric of HebrewsCore SamplingsImplications17. A Beloved Sermon and Two Elderly Letters - 1-3 JohnThe Authorship IssuesThe Social Context of the Johannine EpistlesThe Date and Provenance of the Johannine EpistlesThe Rhetorical Structure of 1 JohnThe Rhetorical Structure of 2 JohnThe Rhetorical Structure of 3 JohnCore Samples - 1 John 4ImplicationsPART V. IN THE END--APOCALYPSE--AND THEREAFTER18. Picking up the Pieces, Forming up the Canon - 2 PeterPreliminary ConsiderationsThe Mystery That Is 2 PeterPutting Together the PiecesThe Rhetoric of 2 PeterCore Samplings - 2 Peter 1.12-21Implications19. APOCALYPSE LATER--THE BOOK OF REVELATIONWho, What, When, Where, and Why?The Particularity of RevelationThe Rhetoric and Resources of RevelationRevelation in Its Social Setting in Western Asia MinorThe Christology of RevelationThe Genre of RevelationImplications20. The Making of the New Testament - Did the Canon Misfire?Canon Consciousness and Scripture ConsciousnessThe Rise of New Testament Scripture and Canon ConsciousnessThe Organizing of Orthodoxy and OrthopraxyIn the EndImplicationsAppendix