Serious New Testament Study for People in the Pew

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Serious New Testament Study for People in the Pew is for those laypeople who want to know more about the New Testament than most churches provide. Dr. Stephens adapted this book from a text he wrote for his New Testament classes at Belmont University in Nashville, so that it would read more smoothly and less like a textbook. The same material is covered, however, beginning with a basic discussion of what the New Testament is, how it is arranged, and how it became Christianity’s canon. The history of the Interbiblical Period is covered so the reader will understand better the references to groups such as Pharisees, scribes, Sadducees, Samaritans, and others. Also, so that the importance of the Greco-Roman world to both Jesus’ ministry in Palestine and the nearby Gentile areas, and Paul’s travels. I have included 84 photos of artifacts and sites to illustrate the text. Various views of authorship are discussed, and the many opinions are grouped under the general headings of “German scholarship” and “evangelical scholarship.” Each New Testament book is examined as to its organization, basic ideas, and distinctives before dealing with the text. There is no verse by verse commentary, but the basic meaning of blocks of text are explained. The book is focused on the evangelical viewpoint but all significant views are explained throughout, including the four views of the Second Coming. In “Contents,” links are provided for easy movement throughout the book, and a Glossary is provided at the end of the book.