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eBook Introducing the New Testament ePub

by John Drane

  • ISBN: 0745955045
  • Category: Bible Study and Reference
  • Subcategory: Bibles
  • Author: John Drane
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Lion Hudson Plc; 3rd UK ed. edition (November 1, 2010)
  • Pages: 512
  • ePub book: 1562 kb
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  • Rating: 4.2
  • Votes: 535


Unlike some who have produced such introductions, John knows the field well, is not prone to radical or quirky theories, and communicates on a level that anyone can understand.

Unlike some who have produced such introductions, John knows the field well, is not prone to radical or quirky theories, and communicates on a level that anyone can understand. And unlike some introductions, the substance in the text is so good that the book doesn t have to be carried by its wonderful pictures and illustrations. Highly recommended!" - -Ben Witherington III, Amos Professor New Testament for Doctoral Studies Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, Kentucky.

Format Hardback 480 pages. Dimensions 16. 2 x 23. 2 x 3. 2mm 1,111. Publication date 01 Jan 2001. Publisher Augsburg Fortress. Publication City/Country Minneapolis, United States.

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24. The New Testament Canon. Pullan-Leighton Pullan, The Books of the New Testament (London: Rivingtons, 1926). The relevance of the old testament canon. The formation of the new testament canon. The significance of the new testament canon. We do not minimize the importance of such topics and have introduced them where they directly bear on the subject at hand.

Introducing the New Testament John W. Drane. While there may be no standard to write a New Testament introduction, Dranes book is certainly not typical, and his presentation offers unique perspectives. Categories: NT Introductions. Pages: 480 pages Publisher: Fortress Press Published: 2001 ISBN-10: 0800632729 ISBN-13: 9780800632724. Find at a Library Find at Google Books.

This introduction to the New Testament takes full account of scholarly developments, especially recent work on the historical Jesus, the theologies of the four Gospels and the impact of Paul.


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​I can honestly state that Introducing the New Testament is one of the best books that I have read thus far in seminary. While it was not without its weaknesses, I learned a lot of new information and received a much better lens through which to read the New Testament. I found this book very interesting and easy to read. Some of the information contained in it was similar to that of Everett Ferguson’s Backgrounds of Early Christianity, which I found a bit more difficult to make it through. Aside from the fact that the text itself was put together well and was very interesting, there were also pictures, diagrams, and side “articles” within the text that broke it up a bit and helped to keep the reader engaged.
Also, I find that the deeper I dive into studying the background of the Bible, the more real it becomes to me. At times, when studying such practical things, it can take me aback when something supernatural, such as a miracle, is presented. Drane did a great job of combining the practical study with the fact that we are talking about God’s living Word. He said in the final chapter of the book:
It might seem as if interpreting the New Testament is too daunting a business to be tackled at all by anyone who is not a specialist. In some ways that is true, for there is a certain body of historical knowledge with which we need to be familiar in order to begin to understand these writings fully in their context. That is why this book has laid so much emphasis on the presentation and explanation of such information. But when we think of these books as part of Christian Scripture, things start to look more hopeful. (Drane 2011, 445).
This to me was an incredibly balanced view that really delivered an excellent reading experience and kept my focus where it should be.
One last thing that I loved about this book was the fact that it did not only give facts about the topics it discussed, but also took measures to answer some real questions that would naturally arise as the reader thought through what the author was saying. One example of this for me was, as I read about the way the New Testament church was “organized” by the Spirit and not by any organizational structure, I automatically, as always, began to think that we may have some things wrong. But Drane went on to describe why that “charismatic” approach may not work so well today, and it really gave me a new way of thinking about this subject. (Drane 2011, 424-31). I greatly appreciated this extra effort by the author.
​I did, however, find a few things about the writing that I did not particularly care for; though these were few and far between. For one, I felt that the author had some strong biases, and that these showed themselves in the reasons he gave for giving or withholding credit from certain viewpoints. For example, when writing about whether or not James was originally a Jewish book and not a Christian one, he wrote “…a later Gentile Christian editor who started out to change what was supposed to be a Jewish book into a Christian one would surely have inserted far more references than just two mentions of the name of Jesus” (Drane 2011, 377). Just two pages later, he stated that the argument that the brother of Jesus may not have written the book of James because Jesus is barely mentioned was “an argument from silence that really depends on guesswork” (Drane 2011, 379). I felt that what he was doing in the first example was akin to an argument from silence as well. To be fair, Drane himself spent some time in this very book talking about how people cannot come to the study of God’s Word without bias (Drane 2011, 338-40), and I personally felt like that was exemplified a bit here.
​The second thing that I did not particularly care for is related to the first. Sometimes it felt like the author’s arguments were not particularly strong, as he at times made arguments that seemed to be based solely on what he believed people would or would not do. One thing that I can say I have learned from being in the military and being around people from all over the world is that people can be incredibly difficult to predict. We may have no way of knowing why someone would go about doing something a certain way. For all we know, a Gentile editor may have inserted only two references to Jesus in James simply because he knew others may think about it exactly the way Drane does here.

Some Highlights and Lessons Learned:

It would be a much longer review if I attempted to include everything that I learned from this book here, so I will only include some of the ones that either taught me something new, gave me a new way of thinking about something, or was simply inspiring to me.
​One of the first things that really struck me was that the Greek word that referred to Joseph’s profession implies more of a general builder than simply a carpenter (Drane 2011, 46). This is shocking because I am twenty seven years old and have been a Christian for more than ten years, and the fact that Joseph, and therefore Jesus, was a wood worker has been pretty well established in my mind.
​Another thing that I found very informative was the explanation of Quirinius’ census (Drane 2011, 48-49). I recently had a conversation with someone who brought up inconsistencies regarding it, and the possible explanation given by Drane was very helpful. The possibility that Quirinius may have only been finishing up a census in A.D. 6 or 7 that may have been in process long before that had not even crossed my mind.
​The explanation of the concept of “Kingdom of God” truly changed my way of thinking on the issue (Drane 2011, 68-69). I have always thought of that term as meaning either the Church as a whole or encompassing Heaven as well. Drane explained that Jesus was using this term as “God’s way of doing things” (Drane 2011, 69).
​One of the most inspiring portions of the book for me was the section on “Jesus Meeting People” (Drane 2011, 114-115). Some of the quotes from that section will tell this best.
He was impatient with the theological hair-splitting of religious experts, and he did not care to engage much in abstract debates, nor was he particularly interested in intellectual knowledge for its own sake. His whole life was focused on people and their needs (Drane 2011, 114-15)
The description on these pages of Jesus’ interaction with the Samaritan woman at the well was also very inspiring. Jesus met people where they were (Drane 2011, 114), and he focused on making sure that His message was “uniquely appropriate for each person and situation” (Drane 2011, 115).
Though willingness to change and to live by the values of the kingdom were central to Jesus’ message, he never put people down. Just as he had done with Peter by the shore of Galilee, so with this woman he never spoke of her sinfulness. She was already well aware of her own inadequacy, but precisely because Jesus gave her time and space to come to reflect on it in her own way, she was happy enough to go back to the village to share her experiences with her friends (Drane 2011, 115).
One analogy that I particularly liked in the book was the comparison of what Jesus has done to the way World War II came to an end (Drane 2011, 130-31). D-Day was the “decisive moment” for the war, but VE and VJ days marked the actual end of the war (Drane 2011, 131). Similarly, “the crucifixion can be thought of as the D-Day of God’s victory against violence, but the final day of victory is yet to come, when evil is finally banished and the new world order comes to fulfillment” (Drane 2011, 131).
I learned that the writers of the Gospels were not intending to preserve Jesus’ actual words, but were trying to “bring new light into the lives of those who read and reflected on it” (Drane 2011, 213). I also learned more than I previously knew about how Paul dealt with women and slavery. He wrote in 1 Corinthians of how women will pray and prophecy in public, and his instructions that have commonly been misinterpreted as chauvinistic were really just reflections of particular situations going on at the time (Drane 2011, 372-73). When it came to slavery, Paul probably chose to combat it through attempting to “exert whatever influence could be achieved through the establishment of a subversive counter-culture in the Christian communities” (Drane 2011, 374). He would have chosen this because his other option would have been to oppose Rome and possibly die (Drane 2011, 374).
The other significant fact for me was the explanation of how what both Paul and James say about the relationship between faith and works fits together. They meant different things by both faith and works, and the way we view the issue through Westerns eyes is not correct (Drane 2011, 382). “The reality is that Paul and James were both insisting that faith and works belong together, and the one without the other is worthless” (Drane 2011, 382).
I will close the review with my favorite quote of the book: “His primary concern was with people, and for him the secret of goodness was to be found not in obedience to rules, but in the spontaneous activities of a transformed character” (Drane 2011, 122).

Xaluenk Xaluenk
I have the two prior editions of this commentary which both had black and white illustrations and photos, and have loved this book since first using in the 1980's in conjunction with facilitating small group adult Bible study. This NEW edition is BEAUTIFUL with full-color photos and illustrations. The writing is scholarly and mainstream and indepth, but easily understandable and interesting for the average adult, and I generally will read either Drane's Intro to the New Testament (and/or his Intro to the Old Testament - also just great) at least once a year. I HIGHLY recommend this book.
Kabandis Kabandis
A great textbook for New Testament background, overview of textual comparisons, history, and thorough discussions of various New Testament issues of authorship, theology, etc.
Sagda Sagda
The bookj is very informative and insightful!
Flathan Flathan
Just what I needed for class at a great price
Samugor Samugor
This is great. It's intelligent, makes-sense stuff. While most academics handle this kind of content in a verbose, scholarly, i've-got-a-big-vocabulary-and-fiddly-style way, Drane's language is clear and simple.
I read an earlier edition, and the layout of the book was great too. It's in that magazine-style with big pictures, interesting insets, good headings. You can pick and choose what to read if you're keen for a browse, or eat it all up. I was surprised with the quality of the content, upon first glance at the layout you think it must be quite elementary - but it's not. It's good stuff.
The copy I read was from the library - now it's on my wish-list (mom).
Malogamand Malogamand
I had to buy this book for school. Nice short chapters and the writers get right to the point. Also breaks down hot button issues such as eschatology. It breaks down the four gospels, the church, Jesus, Paul, ect. Good information showing other views as well.
Excellent, informative, well illustrated, interesting written.