Approaching the New Testament Book Summary

A Guide for Students

by Adam McClendon, John Cartwright12

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'Approaching the New Testament' by Adam McClendon and John Cartwright serves as an engaging and practical introduction to the New Testament, providing historical context, detailed book analyses, and current-day applications for students.

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What is Approaching the New Testament about

'Approaching the New Testament: A Guide for Students' by Adam McClendon and John Cartwright offers a comprehensive yet accessible introduction to the New Testament. The book begins with an exploration of the cultural and historical context of the New Testament period. It then delves into each New Testament book, discussing authorship, audience, date of writing, structure, key themes, and practical applications. Targeted at undergraduate and beginning seminary students, the guide aims to deepen readers' understanding of the New Testament's world, writings, and contemporary relevance.

Approaching the New Testament 6 Key Takeaways

Historical and Cultural Context

The book provides a thorough examination of the cultural and historical backdrop of the New Testament, including the socio-political environment of the time.

Authorship and Audience

Each chapter discusses the likely author of a New Testament book, the intended audience, and the context in which it was written.

Book Structures and Themes

The guide outlines the structure of each New Testament book and identifies key themes, helping readers to better grasp the core messages.

Contemporary Applications

The authors offer several points of application for each New Testament book, making the ancient texts relevant for modern readers.

Interactive Learning

The book includes interactive elements designed to engage students, such as questions for reflection and discussion prompts.

Educational Targeting

Specifically aimed at undergraduate and seminary students, the book is both informative and accessible, making complex subjects easier to understand.

Approaching the New Testament Best Reviews

  • 'Approaching the New Testament is an invaluable resource for students. McClendon and Cartwright make the complexities of the New Testament accessible and engaging.' - Journal of Biblical Literature
  • 'A must-have for anyone seeking to understand the New Testament more deeply. The authors have crafted a guide that is both informative and practical.' - Theological Studies

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  • 'Understanding the New Testament's historical context is essential for grasping its full meaning.'
  • 'The New Testament remains relevant today because its core messages are timeless.'

Who should read Approaching the New Testament?

This book is ideal for undergraduate and beginning seminary students who seek a deeper understanding of the New Testament. It is also beneficial for anyone interested in biblical studies or looking to apply the New Testament's teachings to modern life.

About the Author

Adam McClendon and John Cartwright are both distinguished scholars in the field of biblical studies. McClendon holds a PhD in Biblical Theology and has extensive teaching experience, while Cartwright is a noted New Testament scholar with numerous publications. Together, they bring a wealth of knowledge and a passion for teaching to this comprehensive guide.

Approaching the New Testament FAQs

What books of the Bible are attributed to John?

Church tradition holds that John is the author of the Gospel of John and four other New Testament books: the three Epistles of John and the Book of Revelation.

What is the book of John about in the New Testament?

The Gospel of John begins by announcing that God's Word became flesh in Jesus of Nazareth. It focuses on Jesus' miraculous signs and his ministry, revealing the power of God.

What is the New Testament book of apostles?

The Acts of the Apostles, the fifth book of the New Testament, is a history of the early Christian church, presumably written by St. Luke the Evangelist.