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New Testament
The New Testament is often the most referenced and read portion of the Bible. Many people are familiar with the stories and verses within this part of the Bible, especially those passages concerning the life of Jesus Christ. In addition to the gospels according to Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, the New Testament includes many books by Paul, an important figure in the history of Christianity and a prominent apostle.
  1. A Historical Introduction to the New Testament by Robert M. Grant

    (ENTIRE BOOK) Grant deals historically with the New Testament writings. He discusses both the methods used in analyzing and interpreting the New Testament and the conclusions to which they lead. Topics include textual criticism, translation, and literary and historical criticism.

  2. An Introduction to the New Testament by Richard Heard

    (ENTIRE BOOK) A clear, concise analysis of the New Testament and each of its books: Mark, Matthew, Luke, John, Acts, the Epistles (Galatians, Thessalonians, 1 and 2 Corinthians, Romans, Colossians, Philemon, Philippians, Ephesians, Jude, 2nd Peter, Revelations. The context, authors, circumstance of writing, the oral tradition, how the books were selected, their teachings, and suggested references.

  3. Back to Fundamentals by Jimmy Carter

    Former president Jimmy Carter challenges a gathering of Christian leaders to follow Paulís example -- to be drawn to Christ thus drawn closer to one another, to follow Christ, the Prince of peace, and reach to out to the lost and alleviate the suffering of others.

  4. Beam Me Up Theology by John Dart

    The "Left Behind" series of very popular novels and their "end-times" theology are rightly criticized on all sides of the theological spectrum.

  5. Cosmic Groanings by Ronald Goetz

    Despite the 20-centuries-wide ditch that separates us from Paul, we would be mistaken to assume that his language about the anguish of the universe would have been more readily comprehensible to his contemporaries than it is to us.

  6. Disciples on Trial by Susan R. Garrett

    Mark’s portrayal of the Twelve as abysmal failures before Christ’s resurrection serves to magnify and commend God’s amazing grace and power. Mark phrases the Good News in terms of the empowering of believers that takes place in single-minded prayer.

  7. Exegesis for the Christian Year by Henry Gustafson

    (ENTIRE BOOK) A New Testament scholar analyzes selected scripture used with the Christian calendar.

  8. Fragments from an Earthen Jar--James Robinson and the Nag Hammadi Library by John Dart

    The writings of Gnostics themselves were relatively rare until December 1945 when 52 partial and whole texts, written in fourth century Coptic (Egyptian), were found in an earthen jar. James Robinson, more than any other, was instrumental in reviving studies in Gnosticism through his realization of the importance of these texts.

  9. God as Santa by Rodney Clapp

    Bruce Wilkinsonís popular book, The Prayer of Jabez, would substitute the prayer of Jabez from I Chronicles for the Lordís prayer. The prayer is wry and ironic but hardly a formula for personal success much less a substitute for the prayer of Jesus.

  10. God with a Human Face by John C. Purdy

    (ENTIRE BOOK) Presents the life and work of Jesus, from birth to resurrection. Employing passages chosen from all four of the Gospels, it explores the idea that the human face of God is turned to us in the person of Jesus Christ.

  11. Immortality of the Soul or Resurrection of the Dead? by Oscar Cullmann

    ENTIRE BOOK) Professor Cullmann compares the Greek conception of the immortality of the soul with the early Christian conception of the resurrection, and shows that they are so different in orgin and in translation into experience as to be mutually exclusive. To the Greek, death was a friend. To the Christian death was the last enemy, but the enemy conquered by Christ in His resurrection, and conquered by all who are His.

  12. Intimations of the Year of Jubilee in the Parables of the Wicked Tenants and Workers in the Vineyard by Herman C. Waetjen

    The ideals of redemption and restoration, detailed as the Jubilee in Leviticus 25, envisioned for the nation a covenantal relationship with God and its attendant establishment of justice. They were appropriated and applied by Israel's prophets to the social, economic and political conditions of their times. Jesus' ministry also appears to have been oriented toward the fulfillment of these jubilary ideals.

  13. Jesus by Martin Dibelius

    (ENTIRE BOOK) Dr. Dibelius describes the New Testamentas the humanly conditioned deposit of an historical event, and considers that the crucial question in the struggle over Christianity is whether God made his will manifest in this event.Doing this, he reconstructs the life and teachings of Jesus, showing the real content and significance of what Jesus said and what he did.

  14. Jesus in the First Three Gospels by Millar Burrows

    (ENTIRE BOOK) A clear, detailed, and accurate account of the real life of Jesus, presenting facts from Jesusí birth through his resurrection in such a manner as to make studying his life and the Gospels easier, more rewarding, and very enlightening.

  15. Jesus Lord and Christ by John Knox (current)

    (ENTIRE BOOK) This is a combination of three books: The first probes beyond modern historical criticism to establish the facts and importance of Jesusí human career; the second explores Jesusí significance as "Christ" and "Lord" within the first Christian community and among the New Testament writers, and the third gives an original interpretation of the saving event centered in Jesus Christ, and what it means to every believer to follow.

  16. Jesus on Marriage and the Afterlife by William E. Phipps

    The nature of life after death, like the nature of God, transcends all of our conceptions. But New Testament theology assures us that it is not less than the happiest life of communal caring and sharing that we can now experience or conceive.

  17. Kerygma and Myth by Rudolf Bultmann and Five Critics

    (ENTIRE BOOK) Bultmann’s famous essay, "New Testament and Mythology," is contained here in which the whole controversy over Demythologizing is brought out in miniature. Five critics give there rejoinders along with Bultmann’s response.

  18. Left Behind by John Dart

    The "Left Behind" gets its title from Luke 17 but the fans of the series and others are influenced by dispensationalist theology and tend to see the ones taken as "raptured" heavenward. Most biblical scholars see this as a mistaken interpretation.

  19. Letting Parables Live by Walter Wink

    The parable has the capacity to tell us something we do not know and could not come by in any other way. We approach a parable shackled by the chains of rationalistic exegesis, thinking we "know what itís all about." We need to find ways to defamiliarize the parable, to see it from new angles, to open new possibilities for hearing, as Jesus repeatedly warns us to do.

  20. Many Witnesses, One Lord by William Barclay

    (ENTIRE BOOK) This book is primarily about the writers of the New testament, and emphasizes their differences in personality and actions, yet their single attention to Christ.

  21. Markís Enigmatic Ending by John Dart

    John Dart discusses the difficulties of the ending of Markís gospel. The 8th verse of the 16th chapter is probably where Mark ended his story. Most scholars agree that the "longer" endings were probably something added by a later editor.

  22. On the Third Day: Godís Promise Fulfilled by N.T. Wright

    Jesusí followers really did believe that Israel was being renewed through Jesus, and that his resurrection was ordained by Israelís God, YHWH, marking him the true messiah.

  23. Paul and the Law by Mark A. Chancey

    Dr. Chancey reviews the theological work of E. P. Sanders: "The Judaism that emerges in his writing is a living, vibrant religion, not the Judaism of empty ritual and oppressive legalism found in many earlier studies."

  24. Preaching and Teaching in the Early Church by C. H. Dodd

    An historical investigation aimed at resolving the tension between the religious and ethical aspects of the Christian faith as preached and taught in the early church.

  25. Rediscovering the Teaching of Jesus by Norman Perrin

    (ENTIRE BOOK) An attempt to establish what may be known with reasonable certainty of the teaching of Jesus, "an irreducible minimum of historical knowledge available to us at the present time" (1967). Fully appreciative of Bultmann, yet advancing beyond his work, the author opens up a new approach to understanding the significance of the teaching of Jesus.

  26. Reshuffling the Gospels: Jesus According to Spong and Wilson by Luke Timothy Johnson

    For Spong and Wilson, the void of skepticism is filled with inventive speculation that disregards historical method.

  27. Rhetorical Identification In Paul's Autobiographical Narrative by Paul E. Koptak

    Using Paul's autobiography in Galatians 1.13-2.14, this study examines the relationships that Paul portrays and creates with the Jerusalem apostles, his opponents, and the Galatians as a means to depict symbolically the issues at stake in Galatia.

  28. Scroll Origins: An Exchange on the Qumran Hypothesis by J.A. Fitzmyer

    What kind of community lived at Qumran? What is the link between that community and the scrolls discovered in the caves at Qumran?

  29. Shakespeare in the Bush, and Encountering the Other by Herman C. Waetjen

    The reader and the Biblical text are partners collaborating as co-creators in an aesthetic event of understanding that, by generating an experience of meaning, originates something that did not exist before. The more acutely the actual reader can perceive that "network of response-inviting structures" of the reader implied by the author, and fulfill that role as designed by the author, the more adequate the construal of meaning will be.

  30. Social Teaching and Social History: Learning from the Early Church by Margaret M. Mitchell

    The New Testament offers and explosively political vision without a political strategy.

  31. Taking the Emperorís Clothes Seriously: New Testament and the Roman Emperor by Justin Meggitt

    The author examines the importance of the concept of the Roman emperor in the New Testament period.

  32. Textual Appeal by Michael Joseph Brown

    Teaching Christianityís sacred texts to Christians can be dangerous, for biblical scholars and their students have very different presuppositions regarding the Bible.

  33. The Actualization of Christ’s Achievement in Our Historical Existence by Herman C. Waetjen

    Resurrection is the entry into a new moral order that is constituted as a terrestrial reality by the creative act of God, and therefore it is something that happens to individual human beings.

  34. The Apostolic Preaching and Its Developments by C. H. Dodd

    (ENTIRE BOOK) Three lectures given at King's College, London, in 1935, describing preaching in the early church as found particularly in the Gospels, John and in the writings of Paul.

  35. The Book Of Acts by William R. Cannon

    (ENTIRE BOOK) A straightforward, comprehensive study and commentary of the Acts of the Apostles. Includes an overview of the beginnings of the Christian church, and covers subjects including the ascension of Christ, the apostles at Pentecost, the church organization at Jerusalem, and the conversion and travels of Paul.

  36. The Burden of the Gospels by Wendell Berry

    To take Jesus literally is excruciatingly painful, for to take him seriously is the beginning of troubles. To escape by saying Jesus is taking part in exaggeration to make his point is like saying "He didnít really mean it."

  37. The Common Faith by John Knox

    There are three aspects to the the meaning and understanding of the word "Christ" as found in the new Testament: First, the event itself. Second, who He was. Third, His presence in the community established.

  38. The Earliest Gospel by Frederick C. Grant

    (ENTIRE BOOK) In this important work, Dr. Grant provides a dozen vivid chapters on Mark, the earliest gospel -- how it came to be, and what its main teaching are.

  39. The Founder of Christianity by C. H. Dodd

    (ENTIRE BOOK) Details about Jesus' life, by one of the nineteenth century's greatest New Testament scholars. First Century writings about Jesus, his personal traits, his teachings, the people around him, his concept of "Messiah," his travels and final trip to Jerusalem, the crucifixion and responses thereafter.

  40. The Gospel of John by William R. Cannon

    (ENTIRE BOOK) John saw Jesus, not so much as he appeared to be from the outward aspects of his ministry, as he did from the basic purpose that ministry was designed to achieve. And what John relates about Jesus actually took place, and is consistent with the accounts of Matthew, Mark, and Luke.

  41. The Gospel Of Matthew by William R. Cannon

    (ENTIRE BOOK) Matthew is studied in sections, revealing stages in the life and work of Jesus. These stages also show the interactions of Jesus with people, and characteristics about him self. The study will certify that Jesus is the Son of God.

  42. The Historical Jesus and Christian Preaching by Marcus Borg

    The image of Jesus as a man of Spirit, deeply involved in the historical crisis of his own time, besides being more historically adequate than either the popular or dominant scholarly image, can shape the churchís discipleship today.

  43. The Historical Jesus and the Life of Faith by David L. Bartlett

    Bartlett gives not only a review of two current scholarly approaches to the "quest for the historical Jesus" by John P. Meier and John Dominic Crossan, but a more general survey of the current state of this research, as well as the reviewer's personal evaluation.

  44. The Light of God in Action by George A.F. Knight

    Christ, the Light that enlightens everyone, is the creative saving love of God for all people. The Divine became a member of our sinful human family of frail, short-lived creatures of a day.

  45. The Modern Reader's Guide to the Gospels by William Hamilton

    (ENTIRE BOOK) An ideal introduction to the historical background, varying accounts, textual problems and correct interpretations of the life of Jesus as recorded in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.

  46. The New Testament and the Comic Genre by Dan O. Via, Jr.

    The New Testament suggests that existence does have a narrative quality, and that comic renewal is a possibility at points within the stream of history itself. But we must reflect more on the New Testament affirmations in the light of ever-changing understandings of history, language and literature and the psyche in order to see how these affirmations might be substantiated.

  47. The New Testament and the Examined Life: Thoughts on Teaching by Luke Timothy Johnson

    The author finds that many of today's New Testament students are not predominantly the children of lifelong believers; not well-shaped by church traditions; not well-read in the Bible. Many are seeking meaning. Johnson's challenge, as a teacher, is to introduce students to a tradition they should have learned elsewhere and to enable them to engage in critical thinking about that tradition.

  48. The Oldest Extant Editions of the Letters of Paul by David Trobisch

    The author reaches 1,800 years back into history, looking at the oldest, handwritten editions of the letters of Paul. Actual photographs of the manuscripts are included in this article.

  49. The Origin of Jesus Christ: Matthew 1:1-25 by Herman C. Waetjen

    As the child of Mary, Jesus is a new creation generated by the holy Spirit. As the adopted son of Joseph, he is a descendant of David and Abraham. Although he represents two generations and wears two christological hats concurrently, he is one person and has one name, Jesus. His life manifests a direct correspondence between his activity and his name, between his person and his work. That is why his naming is so important.

  50. The Pharisaic Jesus and His Gospel Parables by Philip Culbertson

    The earliest church was barely, if at all, removed from Judaism. But now, 20 centuries later, the Christian faith is far removed from it. In the process of that widening estrangement, Christianity has lost its understanding of the Jewishness of Jesus.

  51. The Public Meaning of the Gospels by N.T. Wright

    The Western world and church seem determined to make sure that the Gospels canít say what they want to say.

  52. The Real Jesus of the Sayings "Q" Gospel by James M. Robinson

    Robinson explains the relationship of the Q document (Sayings Gospel Q) to Matthew and Luke and shows what it can tell us about the ministry of Jesus before that ministry was interpreted by Matthew and Luke.

  53. The Red-Haired Saint: Is Mary Magdaline Key to the Easter Narratives? by James T. Baker

    Is Mary Magdalene the key to the Easter Narratives? All we need do is demonstrate honestly the true role of Mary Magdalene in the story of redemption, the apparent fact that she was Jesus’ partner, wife or lover, his favorite disciple, a full member of a revolutionary community created by One who considered men and women equal.

  54. The Search for Mary Magdalene by Pheme Perkins

    The author reviews several books giving detailed information about Mary Magdalene with early historical information concerning her relationship with Jesus and the disciples.

  55. The Search for Mary Magdalene by Pheme Perkins

    The author reviews several books giving detailed information about Mary Magdalene with early historical information concerning her relationship with Jesus and the disciples.

  56. The Second Coming of the Liberal Jesus? by Leander E. Keck

    The author reviews three recent books that take up the quest of the historical Jesus, using noncanonical sources as evidence that must be taken seriously.

  57. The Sermon on the Mount by Roger Shinn

    (ENTIRE BOOK) The author shows why the Sermon on the Mount has proved to be one of the most influential parts of the entire New Testament. Excellent book for those without a strong biblical and theological background.

  58. The Significance of Mircea Eliade for Christian Theology by Joseph G. Muthuraj

    New Testament studies are nourished primarily by Western thinking, but Micera Eliade's emphasis on religious historical studies helps to correct this bias -- for example, through understanding the reciprocal influences between Indio-Iranian, Mesopotamian, and Mediterranean worlds. The author examines Eliade's influences on Paul Tillich, Rudolph Bultmann and others, and analyzes his creative hermeneutics, orientalism and "new humanism."

  59. The Wright Quest for the Historical Jesus by Ben Witherington, III

    Witherington, in this review of N.T. Wright's Jesus and the Victory of God, argues that it is the most revealing of all the Jesus books in what has been called the "Third Quest" for the historical Jesus, not just because Wright offers a challenge to the dominant form criticism model championed by Bultmann and his followers, but because he takes Jesus' Jewishness and Torah-centric matrix seriously.

  60. Using Literary Criticism on the Gospels by Robert M. Fowler

    The challenge that literary criticism presents is to rediscover a sense of the wholeness of each of the Gospels. When we do that, we will begin to hear once again the unmistakable voice of each individual evangelist as he tells us his own version of the story of Jesus, from beginning to end.

  61. What Shall We Believe? by Aurelia T. Fule

    (ENTIRE BOOK) A detailed analysis and critique, by a Reformed theologian, of what preachers like Jerry Falwell are saying about 'the last things.'