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An Introduction to the New Testament: Contexts, Methods & Ministry Formation

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A 2005 Gold Medallion finalist! Some introductions to the New Testament highlight the historical contexts in which the New Testament literature was written. This introduction gives particular attention to the social, cultural and rhetorical contexts of the New Testament authors and their writings. Few introductions to the New Testament integrate instruction in exegetical a ...more
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Published May 8th 2004 by IVP Academic (first published May 2004)
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John Kight
Oct 26, 2015 John Kight rated it it was amazing
David A. deSilva is Trustees’ Distinguished Professor of New Testament and Greek at Ashland Theological Seminary (ATS) in Ashland, Ohio. He has an M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. in New Testament studies from Emory University. In addition to his current tenure at ATS, deSilva has authored numerous books, including, The Jewish Teachers of Jesus, James, and Jude: What Earliest Christianity Learned from the Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha (Oxford, 2012), Introducing the Apocryph ...more
Chris
Aug 11, 2015 Chris rated it really liked it
I started reading this text for a New Testament seminary class, and decided to finish it on my own. It's a big resource text, but the writing is accessible enough for personal reading. DeSilva gives a long, thorough introduction to each book of the Bible, with detailed notes about authorship, historical context, themes and structure. He also includes a section at the end discussing implications for teaching and application, which will be especially helpful for preachers and Bible study leaders.

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Paul
Sep 06, 2009 Paul rated it really liked it
I've had the great pleasure of being one of Dr. deSilva's students at Ashland Seminary and the somewhat lesser pleasure of having read nearly every chapter in this book in the process. The main weakness in this book is in the editing. The writing could be more concise and clear in many places. This makes it difficult to read from cover to cover, but presents less of a problem when using the book as a reference. It almost seems as if each chapter was written to stand on its own. Many of the same ...more
Charlene
Up front, I will say that I know the author of this textbook and that I taught several terms of Introduction to the New Testament [Gospels], using this book as one of the required texts in the seminary where Professor deSilva also teaches.

Having said this, I want to say that this is absolutely the best textbook that I know as an introduction to any New Testament course, and I highly recommend it for pastors, interested laypersons, seminarians, and all who want more than just the bare scholarly "
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Andy Hickman
Jan 14, 2015 Andy Hickman rated it really liked it
Comprehensive resource for both historical context and pastoral response.

DeSilva, David. An Introduction to the New Testament: Contexts, Methods & Ministry Formation. Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press, 2004.

Julius McCarter
Aug 11, 2014 Julius McCarter rated it it was amazing
By far one of the best introductory texts for New Testament available. I've used it often with courses and found it a very helpful reference resource for sermons.
Glyn Williams
Feb 11, 2015 Glyn Williams rated it really liked it
Easy read with fresh insights into the New Testament.

Don't agree with everything in this book, but there are many things that shed light on the New Testament. A very balanced approach to criticisms and research, with personal beliefs of the author.

Well worth the read.
Nicholas Quient
A helpful introduction. Tempered, reasonable, missional, critical. Quite good.
Karla
Jun 24, 2011 Karla rated it it was amazing
I have read several New Testament intro books, but this is the best, thus far. It is highly readable, with "technical" exegetical sections in addition to the main text. It is an extensive volume, full of insight and information.
Jason
Mar 12, 2011 Jason rated it it was ok
Useful. Although I do not share the author's presuppositions in some cases, this book brings to the discussion some issues neglected by older NT Introductions.
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David A. deSilva (PhD, Emory University) is Trustees’ Distinguished Professor of New Testament and Greek at Ashland Theological Seminary in Ashland, Ohio. His numerous books include Introducing the Apocrypha and An Introduction to the New Testament: Contexts, Methods, and Ministry Formation.
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