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New Testament History: A Narrative Account
Essential to an understanding of the New Testament is a comprehension of the individuals, events, and social movements that shaped the setting from which Jesus and his followers emerged. Unfortunately, many accounts by historians can leave readers feeling overwhelmed and confused. New Testament History provides a worthy solution to this problem. A well-known expert on the ...more
Paperback, 430 pages
Published November 1st 2003 by Baker Academic
(first published November 1st 2001)
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The book is an intellectually stimulating walk through the New Testament. The author gives his view of each book in the New Testament and places them on a timeline which often runs counter to what I have learned. His view of the gospels is quite traditional, but the ordering of Paul's letters places Galatians as the earliest letter while the so-called prison letters would be written from Rome. He thinks that Paul went on to Spain and two years later went back to Rome where he was to be beheaded ...more
This book is the first of its kind that I have read: a delightful narrative account of the first century with primary foci centering on life in Israel and Rome. Ben Witherington III does an excellent job weaving together biblical and historical sources to offer a robust picture of the historical events surrounding the writings of the NT documents. This book has a decent amount of photographs, albeit black and white. Probably my least favorite element about this book is the quantity of "deeper lo ...more
May 10, 2012 Brett Marko rated it 4 of 5 stars
What I enjoyed most about Ben Witherington's New Testament History was how we wove the strands of Christian history, the establishment of the early Christian church and scriptures, roman history, jewish history, as well as other local history together into a highly readable narrative. One aspect I particularly enjoyed was the inclusion of small descriptive boxes on places, people and concepts that really assist the reader in getting into the first century AD mindset.
Ben Witherington III (PhD, University of Durham) is Amos Professor of New Testament for Doctoral Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky, and is on the doctoral faculty at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. He is the author or coauthor of more than thirty books, including The Jesus Quest, The Paul Quest, and The New York Times bestseller The Brother of Jesus. He has app ...moreMore about Ben Witherington III...