The New Testament in Its World: An Introduction to the History, Literature, and Theology of the First Christians

The New Testament in Its World: An Introduction to the History, Literature, and Theology of the First Christians Review

Finally: an introduction that captures the excitement of the early Christians, helping today's readers to think like a first-century believer while reading the text responsibly for today.

The New Testament in Its World is your passageway from the twenty-first century to the era of Jesus and the first Christians. A highly-readable, one-volume introduction placing the entire New Testament and early Christianity in its original context, it is the only such work by distinguished scholar and author N. T. (Tom) Wright.

An ideal guide for students, The New Testament in Its World addresses the many difficult questions faced by those studying early Christianity. Both large and small, these questions include:

What is the purpose of the New Testament?
What was the first-century understanding of the kingdom?
What is the real meaning of the resurrection in its original context?
What really were the Gospels?
Who was Paul and why are his letters so controversial?
As twenty-first-century people, how do we recover the excitement of what it was like to live as Christians in the first or second centuries?
In short, The New Testament in Its World brings together decades of ground-breaking research, writing, and teaching into one volume that will open readers' eyes to the larger world of the New Testament. It presents the New Testament books as historical, literary, and social phenomena located in the world of Second Temple Judaism, amidst Greco-Roman politics and culture, and within early Christianity. 

Written for both classroom and personal use, the benefits of The New Testament in Its World include:

A distillation of the life work of N. T. Wright on the New Testament with input from Michael Bird
Historical context that situates Jesus and the early church within the history, culture, and religion of Second Temple Judaism and the Greco-Roman world
Major sections on the historical Jesus, the resurrection of Jesus, and Paul's chronology and theology
Surveys of each New Testament book that discuss their significance, critical topics like authorship and date, and that provide commentary on contents along with implications for the Christian life
Up-to-date discussions of textual criticism and the canonization of the New Testament
A concluding chapter dedicated to living the story of the New Testament
Available Video and Workbook companion resources to enhance learning and experience the world of the New Testament
Illustrated with visually rich pictures, maps, charts, diagrams, and artwork; plentiful sidebars provide additional explanations and insights

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    The New Testament in Its World: An Introduction to the History, Literature, and Theology of the First Christians Reviews

  • Paul Dazet

    Amazing! What a gift this book is to the church and to Christ-followers. If you want to study the Bible in context, this is the resource to help you. ...

  • Peter Krol

    Very clear and helpful on the historical background of the NT world. Also very helpful in summarizing scholarly debates and perspectives on a variety of issues surrounding authorship and dating of eac...

  • Caleb Watson

    This is contextual theology at its very finest. N.T. Wright is one of the most acclaimed, and prolific New Testament scholars alive today, and his written work is far reaching, and remarkably dense. ...

  • Robin Hatcher

    This was fascinating to listen to. I learned a lot and had much to think about each topic. I initially bought the audiobook due to some research I was doing. But I got much more than expected. Highly ...

  • Thomas Creedy

    Wow.Genuinely brilliant.Even the slightly annoying 'emails from the edge' gradually made sense.Beautifully produced, written in a way that draws you in, and wonderfully fair and irenic to various view...

  • Wes Van Fleet

    Wonderful! I read through this so quickly because I was encompassed by it. Great format of teaching how a first century person would have understood a first century book like the New Testament. The wr...

  • Nicholas Quient

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  • Bill Hooten

    About two months ago, I set aside approximately 30-45 minutes a day to read this introduction to the New Testament by N. T. Wright, with assistance from Michael Bird. It took me a little over two mon...

  • Zach Waldis

    I was tempted to give this four stars as it does drag at points, but the beginning and end alone are worth the price of admission. Interestingly enough they often don't come down on classic "NT Intro"...

  • Shannon Lewis

    Not necessarily the most immediately engaging in flow due to the fact that it read a bit more like a text book than other of Wright's material, but the scope & content were A+. A fantastic intro to hi...