Brown's "Introduction" (if something over 800 pagescan be called an "introduction"!) is nothing less than a masterpiece of Modern Biblical Scholarship. It covers every NT topic imaginable - The NT Social and Political World, Authorship, Christology, major Themes, historicity, Theological divisions, Manuscript Dating, even the Historical Jesus Debate - in an even-handed, (fairly) non-technical, heavily footnoted manner. The book is extremely well documented with charts and maps and references from some of the world's most renowned Catholic and Protestant Scholars. If you must own only ONE Intro. to The New Testament, MAKE IT THIS ONE.