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  • Paperback: 656 pages
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress; Pap/Cdr edition (22 Aug. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080063439X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800634391
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 17.9 x 4.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,176,770 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Luke Timothy Johnson is the Robert W Woodruff Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins at Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Adam Howard on 6 Oct. 2003
Format: Paperback
The work of Luke Timothy Johnson is well articulated, organised, easily understandable and a great joy to read. Inevitably, 'The Writings of the New Testament' is no exception. It provides a very helpful and comprehensive insight into the writings of the New Testament, and is an essential study aid for those seeking a deeper understanding of them. I advise you to purchase this product if you have a passion and zeal for the subject, and I assure you that it will invoke one in you if you do not! This book is enjoyable and inspiring, and it successfully illuminates the core teachings and philosophies of the New Testament.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Chris Of The OT on 10 Jun. 2006
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I echo the reviewer below: Luke Timothy Johnson has produced `a very helpful and comprehensive insight into the writings of the New Testament...' He has managed to cover all the NT writings thoroughly and still gives enough space to crucial background material.

`Writings...' is divided into six major sections (not including `Introductions', `Appendices', etc.):

Part One: The Symbolic World of the NT
Part Two: The Christian Experience
Part Three: The Synoptic Tradition
Part Four: Pauline Traditions
Part Five: Other Canonical Witnesses [i.e. Hebrews, etc.]
Part Six: Johannine Traditions

In his initial twenty page introduction, LTJ explains his approach to NT study which focuses on the 'symbolic world' of the NT - literal symbols, figurative, imaginative, etc. - to illuminate the NT world for us. It is an interesting and original approach which I enjoyed. Although this emphasises that this is a book best suited for more academic or structured Bible study (I am studying a correspondence course with the London School of Theology), it would still be a great benefit for all levels of study. Though it's not as accessible as some - like John Drane's excellent 'Introducing the New Testament' - it is a much more comprehensive volume and a very rewarding read.

I have given `Writings...' five stars because the Revised Edition comes with the whole (enormous) book on CD, which is compatible with the Libronix Digital Library System (LDLS), which the Logos Bible study software uses. It's the most amazingly powerful and useful aid to studying printed text that I have ever used! That LTJ has included this on a CD inside is priceless. Though this title is expensive, it's worth it just to read LTJ's interpretations, but the CD makes it irresistible. I warmly recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Horrigan on 13 Mar. 2009
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This is a good book for people who are new to the New Testament writings. It gives a good, accurate commentary of the books and some interesting background information about the sociological situation at the time. The bibliography is also very good.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By oscar on 18 Jan. 2013
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Bought this for studies because the next edition was too expensive - this is just the same but without the pictures and as new so I am very pleased, as is my bank account!
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A Refreshing and Helpful Interpretation 18 Mar. 2005
By M. Tapie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
What many of the reviews on this page seem to miss is that this work by LTJ seeks to acheive "interpretation" of the text rather than the common historical-critical approach. He does treat some of the history and critical issues throughout, mostly he does this in the beginning. However, historical-critical is not his concern. Johnson effectively unfolds, in a very helpful and introductory way, the theological flow and cohesiveness of the New Testament. If you are looking for a commentary or a historical critical treatment of the text this is not your book. If you are looking for an introduction to the theological themes and structure of the New Testament that is thoroughly aware of the difficulties and limitations of the historical-critical approach yet still utilizes the method in reasonable ways this book is for you.
48 of 49 people found the following review helpful
A "reader friendly" commentary on the New Testament text 5 Oct. 2002
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The Writings Of The New Testament: An Interpretation By Luke Timothy Johnson (Robert W. Woodruff Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins, Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia) is an erudite, scholarly, yet thoroughly "reader friendly" commentary on the New Testament text, in relation to history of the ancient world, Christian beliefs, and a page-by-page analysis of the scripture itself. An accompanying CD-ROM provides ready access to cross-referenced text. The Writings Of The New Testament is highly recommended as an exhaustive study enhanced with extensive bibliographical annotation and thought-provoking questions.
33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
Great Reference - go back again and again 18 Aug. 2002
By Jeffrey Thiemann - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I bought this for a course on the Gospels and have gone back to this book every time I go to study another part of the New Testament. Johnson covers the NT extremely well and gives insights into the text and the context that is helpful to students, preachers and teachers. This updated version includes significant current NT scholarship. It is very well written, making the reading enjoyable.
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A Theological Introduction. 12 April 2007
By Brian Fulthorp - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The thing I liked about Johnson's approach in his intro to the world of the New Testament is that it is more of a theological introduction. It provides a nice variation from the standard NT Intro (such as Carson and Moo) which deals more with the text critical issues such as authorship, date, provenances, etc. Instead, Johnson deals more with the larger issues of the NT and the larger issues of each book. Not that the typical issues aren't important but Johnson's work provides a nice complement to the standard NT Intro.

Johnson is Catholic, I am Protestant, however, I did not encoutner anything that I thought was unnecessarily pro-catholic or over the top. In fact, I found I agreed with most of what Johnson wrote and learned a few things in the process that greatly helped my understanding of the NT. I suppose this goes to show Catholics and Protestants have more they agree with about the Bible than things to disagree about.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Excellent resource 2 Sept. 2006
By Ralph W. Greenwood - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Luke Timothy Johnson puts the writings of the New Testament into perspective with a remarkable combination of critical scholarship and a deep Christian faith, setting him apart from most writers delving into the "historical Jesus" and early Christion beginnings. The text is very readable for the layman in spite of the scholarly content. I consider it an excellent addition to my reference library.
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