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  • Hardcover: 784 pages
  • Publisher: Apollos; 2nd Revised edition edition (18 Nov 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844740897
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844740895
  • Product Dimensions: 19.5 x 4 x 24.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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An Introduction to the New Testament focuses on what used to be called "special introduction" -- historical questions dealing with authorship, date, sources, purpose, destination, and so forth -- in contrast to recent texts that concentrate more on literary form, rhetorical criticism, and historical parallels. The authors do not minimize these other topics; rather, they insist those subjects are better given extended treatment in courses on exegesis. By refocusing on the essentials, An Introduction to the New Testament ensures that the New Testament books will be accurately understood from their historical settings; and it allows other concerns to be introduced when appropriate. The authors also include a brief outline of each New Testament document, providing a rationale when necessary for the choices they have made. They provide a brief account of current studies on each book, and indicate something of the theological contribution each document makes to the canon of Scripture. Drawing on the core knowledge contained in An Introduction to the New Testament, a new generation of scholars will gain a better grasp of the Word of God. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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D. A. Carson (Ph.D., University of Cabridge) is research professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. He is the author or coauthor of numerous books, including the Gold Medallion Award-winning book The Gagging of God and An Introduction to the New Testament.;Douglas J. Moo (Ph.D., University of St. Andrews) Blanchard professor of New Testament at Wheaton College Graduate School, Wheaton, Illinois.;Leon Morris (Ph.D. University of Cambridge) now in his retirement, was formerly Principal of Ridley College, Melbourne, and has served as Visiting Professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 July 1998
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Carson, Moo, and Morris team up to present a mind opening exegesis of the New Testament documents, particularly showing the falicies of many contemporary theories which attempt to perhaps diminish the integrity of the Apostolic testimony.
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was just what I need to continue my studies with. Am looking at the Book of ACTS and Pastoral letters this semester, so will be most helpful with base information toward each area
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As an introductory review of the New Testament, this (2nd edition) is probably the best currently available. It is wonderfully readable, and very thorough for a single-volume introduction. As one would expect, it is somewhat conservative, but this is not to say narrow-minded. The discussion on the new perspective on Paul, for example, is a good example of a balanced consideration. Alternative views are presented and discussed; one is free to agree or to disagree with the authors. The research underpinning the book is both modern and well-founded. For undergraduates, I would say this is perfect. More advanced students may need more. I bought this quite recently, and found it hard to tear myself away from reading it, which is very rare in academic literature!
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Brian the G on 29 Jan 2010
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This is a great overview of the New Testament - a work by scholars that has something for everyone. Very readable with a wide range of useful information
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New edition released! 9 July 2005
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Carson and Moo have thoroughly reworked this book, removing or revising Morris' contributions and adding much new material for the second edition. Some sections are rearranged, and there are a few entirely new sections. I read the original book straight through a few years ago, and I haven't found anything else that does quite as good a job of staying on top of the current scholarship while defending generally conservative evangelical views on the authorship, date, setting, purpose, and other backgrounds sorts of issues on each NT book. I expect the updated edition to be equally thorough and more up-to-date on recent trends in NT scholarship.

Particularly of note is the section on the New Perspective on Paul, which Morris and Carson have both been on the forefront of interacting with (from a more traditional perspective in both cases, though both have been willing to acknowledge that we have learned something from the NPP). They call this section brief in the introduction, but it's 11 pages, a fair amount of space compared to how much room they give to most topics. They have also provided a lengthy addition covering the history of interpretation of the NT, from the early Christians to contemporary biblical scholarship. They've also expanded of added more on the content of each book, something reviewers complained about in the first edition, and there's also a little bit on the social science approaches to NT studies, something that wasn't very far along in the original book. All in all, the new edition sounds as if it should be excellent.

They've removed the dust jacket and replaced it with a visually appealing cover on the book itself, and they've increased the margin size significantly, both of which suit its primary use as a seminary textbook. They list the intended audience as seminary students in the first and second years, but a studious enough person can read it for profit without the additional seminary background. I read the entire first edition without any seminary training at all. It's certainly not the level of detail a scholar would want for an exhaustive treatment of every issue, but the bibliographies and footnotes can provide further reading to get exactly that, and it would be ill-suited for students if it tried to do too much.

This has been the standard evangelical NT introduction for quite a while, and as of the revision its place will be secured for quite a while.
23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
A Fine Introduction 26 May 2006
By J. F Foster - Published on Amazon.com
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As others have noted, this NT Introduction is a standard introductory text from an evangelical perspective. In this updated version, Carson and Moo add some good stuff on canonicity that was not part of the original Carson/Moo/Morris edition. Most of the remaining material is similar.

As can be expected, the analysis and conclusions in this Introduction are decidedly conservative on questions of authorship, canonicity, original situation of the writings, and historical reliability of the documents. The authors helpfully analyze many contemporary challenges to evangelical understandings of the NT so that the beginner and intermediate levels of readers will gain a good introductory grasp of the many bones of contention that exist over many issues in virtually every book of the NT. Moo's strong work in Romans and James, coupled with Carson's strong work on the Fourth Gospel, can be particularly seen in this book's treatment of these canonical documents.

One could have hoped for a more lengthy treatment of contemporary issues, and one could also have hoped for more robust bibliographies upon which the reader could proceed with more in-depth study. But because this is an introductory work, it is probably inappropriate to expect such things in this kind of treatment. The beginner who wants to develop a good working knowledge of NT scholarship from an evangelical perspective will likely be quite satisfied with what they find in here.
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Thorough and Provocative 27 Feb 2006
By Joel Kime - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
In this new edition of Intro to the NT Carson and Moo have significantly improved the work they initially published with Leon Morris (who has since passed away). The chapters are reorganized, the margins are wider, and the material has expanded to include the contribution of works published since the first edition. Having used both editions for coursework and personal study, I find the second edition far superior. While the layout of the first edition was doable, the second is much roomier and suitable for study. More than all these considerations, the authors superbly point the reader to Christ, to become like him. I have been challenged not only academically as I've read this work, I have been also been convicted spiritually.
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SUPERB, BALANCED REVIEW OF THE NEW TESTAMENT DATA 7 Sep 2006
By Dr. Ambrosius Aurelius - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is wonderful! After studying dozens of texts about the origins and modern historical analyses of the New Testament canon--ranging from Helmut Koester's Ancient Christian Gospels to Walter Bauer, Elaine Pagels, and Bart Ehrman's positivistic polemics--I finally found this book. I am a scientist (physician) and have not had the benefit of a seminary education, so I should, perhaps, have started here. The book presents thorough, well-reasoned critiques of the data and conflicting theories about the origin and significance of the entire New Testament canon, book by book. It contains ample references to the the key research and publications on various subjects, somewhat like a good scientific or medical review article. This was a very welcome contrast to the popular publications of Bart Ehrman, which typically reference only his own biased writings on any particular subject. My only criticism of this excellent text is that it gives short shrift to the history and profound exegesis of the Eastern Orthodox Church Fathers; viz. St. John Chrysostom, Basil the Great, and others. In the Orthodox tradition, we tend to view theology as a "fabric woven from on high," including revelations in the post-Apostolic era to those saints who have achieved "theosis," direct contemplation of the Divine mind.
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Thorough and balanced 16 Feb 2013
By Doug Erlandson - Published on Amazon.com
Carson and Moo's "An Introduction to the New Testament" is one of the best and most complete books on the New Testament. Written with scholarly precision, it is a well-balanced presentation. Unlike some books, this text does not shy away from issues such as whether or not 2 Corinthians is a single letter or a compilation of multiple letters (including the so-called lost letters to the church at Corinth), whether 1 or 2 Thessalonians is the first written of the two, and the dating of Revelation. While I do not agree with all of Carson and Moo's conclusions, I respect their arguments and appreciate the fact that they make as strong a case for the opposing viewpoint as possible. (For example, I am inclined to the dating of Revelation during the reign of Nero. Carson and Moo prefer the much later date during the time of Diocletian. However, they present the evidence for the early date in a creditable way as well.)

The discussion of each book begins with a section on contents, followed by sections on authorship, provenance, date, purpose, text, adoption into the canon, and contribution.

This is not a text that everyone will appreciate. A person looking for a quick overview will soon be overwhelmed by the great detail with which the authors discuss each New Testament book. However, for a person who wants a serious study of the New Testament, I cannot think of a better text. It certainly has enough content that it would serve as an ideal text for a seminary-level course. I have only had the privilege of teaching from it once, since New Testament studies is not my specialty. However, because of the excellence of the material, it made up for my own deficiencies in the area.
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