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The New Testament in Antiquity: A Survey of the New Testament within Its Cultural Context

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The New Testament in Antiquity is a textbook for college and seminary students penned by three evangelical scholars with over fifty years of combined experience in the classroom. Their challenge was to build a text that would be engaging, academically robust, richly illustrated, and relevant to the modern student. This book strikes a balance between being accessible to all ...more
Hardcover, 479 pages
Published February 2nd 2009 by Zondervan Academic (first published 2009)
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Jimmy Reagan
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is a fine new entry on the market for New Testament introduction. This attractive, well-illustrated volume by Gary M. Burge, Lynn H. Cohick, and Gene L. Green is an up-to-date survey of the New Testament. Its special emphasis is to provide that introduction within the cultural contexts, whether Jewish, Hellenistic, or Roman cultures. That viewpoint helps bring the New Testament to life. The book is designed as a textbook, and the publisher provides both instructor and student resources ...more
Susan Weiner
Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An early seminary or college textbook that covers ancient history as it relates to the New Testament. Thoughtful, well written, engaging, and full of stirring pictures of places and artefacts, this book caught and kept my attention. Sometimes the descriptions of historical actors such as the Pharisees and Sadducees was shorter and less in depth than I would've liked. Yet the scope of the history covered a thousand years and it would be hard to do justice to each group who needs an introduction. ...more
Hannah
May 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I read this textbook for a New Testament Survey course and was very impressed by the accessibility of this book as well as the focus on the cultural context of the ancient world, which should inform ones reading of the NT. The book is full of notes, charts, maps, outlines, and references to other ancient texts that really enriched my reading. This book is perfect for a survey course as a compliment to other resources.

I did not find the online resources very helpful but recommend the book to any
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Amanda
This is a great overview of the New Testament. It is not an in-depth look at any of the NT books, so if that's what you want you'll need a different book. It is more of an introduction to the NT and the culture and people the NT was written to. It is fairly engaging, especially for a textbook. Lots of pictures. Sometimes it's a little too light, but overall a very good book. ...more
Charity U
Mar 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
I can't believe I didn't know this existed sooner! It gives supplemental and helpful Bible backgrounds in a textbook format. My only gripe is that it's not in-depth enough, but it would be hard to do that with any single text-book sized volume. Nice photos throughout. A good starting point for Bible background research in the NT. ...more
Rebecca Carlson
May 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-for-wheaton
I loved this textbook! It wasn't required reading, but highly recommended, and I found myself really wanting to read what it said about the scripture reading for class because it brought up points I hadn't ever thought about. ...more
El
May 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Read this for BibLit II freshman year. The book takes a dive into each book of the New Testament- and it gave me a better understanding of the Bible!! Definitely recommend for those wanting to learn ‘ore about the New Testament in depth!!:)
Ardith Arnelle-Price
Love this concise book with easy reading. Great reference book about the New Testament Saints.
Greg Bailey
Nov 20, 2016 rated it liked it
A decent introduction to the history and theology of the New Testament.
Drew Van Gorder
Mar 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is heavily illustrated and the quality of the book overall is impeccable. There is very little about this book which I didn't like and would recommend it as a New Testament introduction to anyone. ...more
Lindsay
Nov 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
I'm enjoying this book very much. It delivers exactly what is promised: historical & cultural information that clarifies the details & background of Scripture, but in a summarizing fashion. If you're looking for verse-by-verse commentary, this is not the book. Still, it provides great information, especially of cultural things of which Westerners have no idea.

As others have noted, there are a surprising number of typos, but not enough to bother even a grammar nerd, such as myself. Also, with the
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David Goetz
Apr 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biblical-studies
The best general NT intro I've encountered, but especially strong on backgrounds. Achtemeier et al. are theologically rich, Carson and Moo can't be beat on issues of authorship, DeSilva exposes the reader well to critical issues and specifically calls the reader to study the text with an eye to ministry; but Burge et al. surpass them all for total quality. ...more
Sean
Jul 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
One of the better NT survey books out there. I really like the historical focus of this book because I think that a lot of other survey's miss this aspect of the New Testament. How can we relate what the Scriptures say if we can't try to understand what it meant to those that wrote it and those that originally heard it? ...more
Drake
This book does a fantastic job at introducing the reader to the cultural contexts of the books of the New Testaments while at the same time being both interesting and enjoyable to read. And there's pictures. Lots, and lots, pictures. ...more
Aletheia Weisz
Dec 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Good read, explains things well, but still a textbook.
Jonathan Huggins
May 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
My standard NT text for classes. i love it. my students love it. evangelical scholarship at its best in this format.
Bill Brinkley
Feb 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
A great textbook and useful in preparing for Bible Studies.
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Gary M. Burge (PhD, University of Aberdeen) is dean of the faculty and professor of New Testament at Calvin Theological Seminary. He previously taught for twenty-five years at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. Among his many published books are The New Testament in Seven Sentences, Theology Questions Everyone Asks (with coeditor David Lauber), A Week in the Life of a Roman Centurion, Mapping Y ...more

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“When we imagine Jesus’ teaching in his own time and place, W ca we cannot use profiles of teachers from our own world to understand the nature of his work. Our culture is heir to the Greek tradition, where abstract reasoning and verbal prowess are the measure of the teacher. Jesus’ world was different. He communicated through word pictures, dramatic actions, metaphors, and stories. Rather than lecture about religious corruption, Jesus refers to the Pharisees as “whitewashed tombs.” Rather than outline the failings of the temple, he curses a fig tree. This means that we should think of Jesus as a “metaphorical theologian” for whom drama, humor, and storytelling were all a part of his method.” 2 likes
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