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An Introduction to the New Testament

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An updated and expanded edition of a standard textbook on the New Testament for first- and second-year seminary students.
Hardcover, Second Edition, 784 pages
Published August 29th 2005 by Zondervan (first published 1992)
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Paul Bryant
Mar 11, 2013 marked it as probably-never
This is a non-review but I felt i had to share with you all, forgive me - I just noticed this on IMDB. They have entries for characters in movies. So for Jesus they have this brilliant entry. As we know, in the New Testament Jesus is given different titles - Son of Man, Son of God, King of the Jews (the last one ironically). But IMDB have a whole lot more. Under "Jesus" they have

Alternate Names:

Baby Jesus
Baby Jesus #1
Black Jesus
Cartoon Jesus
Cowboy Jesus
Our Lord
Super Mecha Death Christ
Craig Prather
Jan 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great resource material for both theology students, and New Testament scholars. Carson and Moo do a great job of presenting various arguments as to the authorship, provenance, and dating of these Biblical books.
Rose Elliott
Mar 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
I read this book in eight weeks (no small task!) for a class I've been taking online this semester. As a result, I did a more "seek and find" type of reading than an absolutely thorough, every word reading of the book. That would (and should) take much more time, and I will in the future return to this book with a thorough, slower-paced reading in mind. However, I did read through the entire book. And I very much appreciated Carson and Moo's approach to New Testament Introduction, a complex and ...more
May 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Read about 2/3 of it in New Testament classes at RTS. Great on critical issues.
Brent McCulley
Oct 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nt-studies
An excellent handbook on the introduction to the New Testament, D.A. Carson and Moo offer a systematic and overwhelmingly scholarly work that does a fantastic job at looking at the scholarly opinions, both past and present, on the New Testament books of the Bible. If anyone is looking for a way to increase their knowledge of the background and study of the New Testament, get this text and dive headfirst into the scholarly work. I have benefited so much from this source and will continually use i ...more
John Yelverton
Apr 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a phenomenal read as the authors examine the New Testament from all sides and make clear and concise arguments on its authenticity and theology. There are a couple of points in which the reader may differ, but you cannot argue with the authors' intent to answer correctly in these matters. ...more
Jul 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Another good book on the authors, intents, etc material of the books of the New Testament. Carson and Moo is a little newer, therefore, some newer information and insights.
Pastor Matt
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
While I've yet to read Kostenberger or the new entry from N.T. Wright and Michael Bird, I still find this work to be the best NT Introduction. Highly recommended. ...more
Apr 20, 2021 rated it really liked it
D. A. Carson and Douglas J. Moo, An Introduction to the New Testament 2nd. ed. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1995. 743 pp. $38.77

Books covering New Testament introductory material are abundant. All one needs to do is type in “New Testament introduction” in their search engine and numerous resources will appear. In An Introduction to the New Testament, D. A. Carson and Douglas J. Moo have added an excellent edition to this category of biblical scholarship. Carson serves as a research professor of
Oct 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Carson, Moo, & Morris's INT has been my go-to resources in teaching NT Introductions. When I discovered I'd be teaching the course, I took home a pile of other introductory studies from my office, examining in a way I'd never done before. (Honestly, to this point, they'd just provided some bulk for the lower shelves of my bookcase, counterbalancing the book-specific commentaries I usually rely on.) I found none of the others capture the breadth of coverage that INT does.

That said, INT opts for c
John Sheehan
Dec 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
The authors are fair, biblical, and logical, making this a worthwhile book for a serious student and far superior to other, more liberal introductions. Biblical and broad, but could be briefer in many areas. Every chapter examines a particular book based on content, author, audience, the date is written, the reason for the book, adoption into canon, recent studies, contribution and more. The book is theological in nature and a worthwhile read for any student of the bible.
May 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: rts, lead
For each NT book, Carson and Moo provide a summary of the content, the historical and literary context, textual/canon issues, and topics debated in modern scholarship. Although, there is an excessive interaction with critical scholarship for an intro to NT book. Instead, I wish the section on theological contribution of each book was more thorough.
Steve Campbell
This is an excellent resource. It gives a comprehensive overview of each book of the New Testament, including a brief summary of the contents of each book, authorship, provenance, date, intended original audience, genre, adoption into the canon, treatment in recent study, and contributions of the book.
Sam Luce
Oct 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
The parts of the book that dealt with Theology were brilliant the parts that focused on textual criticism were for me eye gougingly tedious.
Jacob Van Sickle
Mar 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Read chapters on the epistles. Really informative. They spent a lot of time rebutting critical scholars. I didn’t enjoy those parts as much but understand the need.
Apr 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
It does what it needs to do. It only makes me sad that nothing in it is very memorable, though I suppose that's okay for a reference work—there it is, to be picked up again in need. ...more
Jul 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The authors put alot of labor into this gem. Very good scholarly work. I wish they dealt a little bit more with interpretation of the text, but it is an introduction after all.
Jan 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
Some of this was brilliant, and some of this was tedious, but on the whole it was very informative and gave me a better understanding of the books of the New Testament and how/why we got them.
Charity U
Mar 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Basic, graduate-level, introduction to the New Testament. Quite helpful.
Bret James Stewart
Jul 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a survey book of the New Testament canon. There is an overall introduction to the New Testament, and the remainder of the text is focused upon the individual books of the Bible. Carson and Moo are both well-respected academics and scholars in their fields, so one rightly expects this to be a good textbook.

The book is sturdy hardcover, which I really like, both for longevity and the ability to leave the text open without damaging the spine, which is helpful for study and ease of use. The
Bauer Evans
Dec 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
An excellent introduction to each of the books in the New Testament. A must read for church leaders and church members!
May 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Carson and Moo are accomplished Bible scholars (especially in New Testament), and it shows in this book. This book is a solid example of a useful college textbook. The book walks through every book in the New Testament and summarizes the major points in each book’s chapter; provides information on the book’s author, date written, and (theorized) place written; discusses each book’s canonization history; and outlines historical and contemporary lines of thought about each book. It’s a very thorou ...more
Apr 05, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, theology
A great introduction to each book in the new testament canon. When I say introduction, I don't mean easy, nor do I mean foundational, but rather "introductory" to some of the behind the scenes elements of Scripture.

For instance, one of the things that Carson and Moo do extremely well is divide the sections of each book into their date, provenance (origin), authorship, and it's acceptance into the canon, as well as providing some really solid defense of the attacks from critical scholarship.

If y
Jul 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christianity
I had listed this as one of my summer reads on my summer book review roundup. So, technically, I've been reading this one for years, a little at a time, and I just happened to finish it this summer. This book is an "introduction" to the books of the New Testament and I learned a lot about historical questions dealing with authorship, date, sources, purpose, destination, etc. The writers come from an orthodox evangelical background but do a good job of introducing the reader to many of the issues ...more
Dec 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I'll point out at the outset that I have not read this in its entirety... I still have to go through the portions on the Gospels. I have read the majority, though, and can adequately comment on the book.

The spectacular part of this book is the way the authors have condensed massive amounts of scholarship into brief and easy to follow articles on each of the books of the NT. It is geared toward upper level Bible students, but is by no means written in a way that is inaccessible from the average r
Liam Perrin
Mar 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I read the abridged version of this book. Carson and Moo are concise and clear. Controversies over authorship and structure (e.g. Revelation) are outlined but not belabored. A traditional approach is favored but not without explanation.

I found the chart in Chapter 9 listing a probable timeline for the writing of the NT texts particularly helpful. The chart, coupled with comments throughout the book as to why we might date books one way or another is invaluable to anyone interested in the histori
Missie Kay
Jul 13, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: review
If you are really into literary-historical-criticism, you'll love this book. So much information about every single theory (even those that are now discredited) about authorship, date, and provenance of every New Testament book. Frankly, every page was a struggle for me. I would much rather have an in-depth book on theology, because at least that's about what we have, not about how it got that way. And I'd love a lot more historical background, as in what was happening at the time the books were ...more
Mike Quint
Oct 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is definitely a more rigorous, detailed introduction to the New Testament. However, Moo and Carson lay out the most important orienting information for each book of the New Testament and give strengths and weaknesses for each interpretive strategy that they discuss. Although I would recommend this book to someone with little theological and biblical training, it is an invaluable resource for pastors, seminarians (it was my NT survey textbook at Gordon-Conwell), and anyone who wants to under ...more
Feb 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nt-studies, theology
Great introduction. I recommend this book for your reference shelf to help better understand an overview in historical context, purpose, occasion, and other important background information relating to the NT books. The book does a great job of respectfully and competently handling current scholarship, while making strong arguments for their decisions. If anything, the book is valuable for the bibliographies at the end of each chapter.

Aug 18, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book of this type I've read, so I don't have much to compare it to. It's actually used as a textbook, and that's how it's written. Lots of information about each book in the New Testament, with discussions of various viewpoints along with the authors' opinion and reasons for it. Conservative in the sense of believing in the historicity and claimed authorship of the books. I'd recommend it for anyone who wants to know more about where the New Testament comes from. ...more
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Donald A. Carson is research professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. He has been at Trinity since 1978. Carson came to Trinity from the faculty of Northwest Baptist Theological Seminary in Vancouver, British Columbia, where he also served for two years as academic dean. He has served as assistant pastor and pastor and has done itinerant ministry in ...more

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