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An excellent general introduction to the New Testament.,
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This review is from: The New Testament Documents: Are They Reliable? (Paperback)
Professor Bruce describes the first edition of this book as his 'literary firstborn'. Since that time it has served as an excellent introduction to the New Testament for both the student and general reader. Providing a treasury of useful material Bruce competently draws upon several disciplines to provide authoritative information on subjects as diverse as literary criticism (date, composition and authorship of the New Testament documents), theological interpretation (the miracle stories of the Gospels) and archaeology (in support of the writings of the evangelists and St Paul). As a result this book continues to be a useful resource for the busy reader who is looking for a scholarly, yet brief, introduction to this important subject. The book's title reflects the content well and meets the common assumption of biblical unreliability with an invitation to examine the evidence. The writing is concise, partly because this is Bruce's style and partly because there is a desire to present an overview of a complicated subject in a short space (just over 100 pages). For those who wish to pursue their interest further a useful reading list is included as well as relatively detailed name, subject and scripture index. Given its size this small book contains a wealth of information relative to biblical studies and deserves a place on the bookshelves of scholars, clergy and lay persons alike.