An Introduction to the New Testament focuses on “special introduction,” that is, historical questions dealing with authorship, date, sources, purpose, audience, and so forth. This approach stands in contrast to recent texts that concentrate more on literary form, rhetorical criticism, and historical parallels—topics the authors don't minimize, but instead think are better given extended treatment in exegesis courses. By refocusing on the essentials, An Introduction to the New Testament ensures that the New Testament books will be accurately understood within their historical settings.
For each New Testament document, the authors also provide a substantial summary of that book's content, discuss the book's theological contribution to the overall canon, and give an account of current studies on that book, including recent literary and social-science approaches to interpretation.
This second edition reflects significant revision and expansion from the original, making this highly acclaimed text even more valuable.
“Redaction criticism seeks to describe the theological purposes of the evangelists by analyzing the way they use their sources.” (Page 104)
“Three approaches in particular have made distinct and significant contributions to the problem of gospel origins and development: form criticism (Formgeschichte), which focuses on the period of oral transmission; source criticism, which focuses on the way different literary units were put together to make up the gospels; and redaction criticism (Redaktionsgeschichte), which focuses on the literary and theological contributions of the authors of the gospels.” (Page 79)
“Salvation is the thematic center of Luke’s gospel.” (Page 220)
“Matthew, Mark, and Luke structure the ministry of Jesus according to a general geographic sequence: ministry in Galilee, withdrawal to the north (with Peter’s confession as a climax and point of transition), ministry in Judea and Perea while Jesus is on his way to Jerusalem (less clear in Luke), and final ministry in Jerusalem.” (Page 77)
“A fourth theme in Luke’s gospel is the concern of Jesus for the outcasts of society.” (Page 221)
...highly recommended. With its very careful, keenly nuanced, and extensively researched discussions, it may well be considered special in a way not originally intended by its authors. It deserves to be read not just by students but by all scholars of the New Testament.
D. A. Carson is research professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. He is the author or coauthor of over 50 books, including the Gold Medallion Award-winning book The Gagging of God and An Introduction to the New Testament. He also co-edited Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament. He has served as a pastor and is an active guest lecturer in church and academic settings around the world.
Douglas Moo is the Blanchard Professor of New Testament at Wheaton College. His work centers on understanding the text of the New Testament and its application today. He has written extensively in several commentary series, including the NIV Application Commentary, Pillar New Testament Commentary, Tyndale Commentaries, and the New International Commentary on the New Testament.