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The Essence of the New Testament, Second Edition surveys the books of the New Testament from Matthew to Revelation. Drawing on decades of scholarly research and classroom teaching, the authors provide a practical, readable, and insightful introduction to the second major division of the Christian biblical canon. This new edition contains new information about the emergence of an early Christian canon, the significance of Second Temple Judaism for New Testament study, an overview of tools for New Testament research, an introduction to Jesus studies, and a synopsis of the relationship of the Old Testament to the New Testament.
Other beneficial features for students and instructors include: · More than 150 full-color photographs, maps, illustrations, and charts · Introductions to each New Testament book, including background, outline, message, and theological significance · Introductory chapters on how we got the New Testament, principles of interpretation, the intertestamental period, and the Synoptic problem · Sidebars focusing on significant topics and Greek word studies for English readers · Study questions and recommended further reading
Editors Elmer L. Towns and Ben Gutierrez draw from their years of teaching experience to provide a time-tested New Testament overview written at the college level, yet also appropriate for pastors, scholars, and laypeople. They combine the finest evangelical scholarship with a passion to open windows of spiritual and practical insight into the biblical text.
Elmer L. Towns is president of Elmer Towns Ministries and co-founder of Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA.
Ben Gutierrez is administrative dean for undergraduate programs at Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA.
Table of Contents
Preface Chapter 1: How We Got the New Testament Chapter 2: Interpreting the New Testament Chapter 3: The History between the Testaments Chapter 4: The Essence of the Synoptic Problem Chapter 5: Matthew: The Kingdom of Heaven Chapter 6: Mark: The Divine Servant Chapter 7: Luke: The Son of Man Chapter 8: John: Believe and Live Chapter 9: Acts: Taking the Message to the World Chapter 10: Romans: Righteousness by Faith Chapter 11: 1 Corinthians: The Supremacy of Love Chapter 12: 2 Corinthians: Power in Weakness Chapter 13: Galatians: By Grace through Faith Chapter 14: Ephesians: Wealth, Walk, and Warfare Chapter 15: Philippians: The Mind of Christ Chapter 16: Colossians: Preeminence of Christ Chapter 17: I Thessalonians: The Return of Christ Chapter 18: II Thessalonians: The Day of the Lord Chapter 19: I Timothy: Pastoral Principles Chapter 20: II Timothy: Final Words Chapter 21: Titus: Good Works Chapter 22: Philemon: Social Dynamics of the Gospel Chapter 23: Hebrews: Jesus our Great High Priest Chapter 24: James: Faith that Works Chapter 25: I Peter: Holy Living Chapter 26: II Peter: Growing in Grace Chapter 27: I John: Blessed Assurance Chapter 28: II John: Avoid False Teachers Chapter 29: III John: Accept True Teachers Chapter 30: Jude: Final Warnings Chapter 31: Revelation: The King is Coming