A Concise Guide to Reading the New Testament

A Canonical Introduction

by DAVID NIENHUIS (Author)David R. Nienhuis (Author)
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"This is not simply a conventional historical introduction. Instead, Nienhuis offers a robustly theological proposal about how to read the New Testament as a collection of texts that are foundational for Christian faith and practice. His reading highlights the carefully structured architecture of the generally received NT canon, as well as the way in which the texts form Christian disciples. Not to be overlooked are his illuminating citations of passages illustrating the reception of the NT books by patristic interpreters. A thought-provoking resource for all who seek to introduce students to the NT as Christian Scripture."
--Richard B. Hays, Duke Divinity School

"Of the making of New Testament introductions there is no end--yet this volume is truly unique: a guide to the New Testament as a coherent, ordered, and interconnected collection of writings about God's saving work in Jesus and the call to discipleship. This fascinating and insightful volume will benefit readers of Scripture in various settings, from the formal classroom to the church to the home."
--Michael J. Gorman, St. Mary's Seminary and University

"Newcomers to the formal study of the New Testament need a reliable guide that pulls its readers into the heart of the New Testament itself, one that prioritizes learning the New Testament over learning about the New Testament. This is that guide, but it is more besides. It's also an impressive, uncluttered reading of the New Testament as the church's Scriptures that promotes faithful life and witness."
--Joel B. Green, Fuller Theological Seminary

"A solid resource for believers who are serious about New Testament study and Christian discipleship. It's broadly ecumenical, in the best sense, and illuminating in its use of canonical exegesis. The scholarship is perfectly calibrated for teachers and students: always clear, never overbearing."
--Scott Hahn, Franciscan University of Steubenville and St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology

"In a field full of introductions to the New Testament, Nienhuis provides a readable and rare guide that approaches the NT documents as a canonical collection for the purpose of forming disciples. This is a fresh and fruitful textbook that manifests a teacher's passion and care for students to grow in their faith through engaging Holy Scripture."
--Jonathan T. Pennington, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary



David R. Nienhuis, Author

David R. Nienhuis (PhD, University of Aberdeen) is professor of New Testament studies at Seattle Pacific University in Seattle, Washington. He is the author of Not by Paul Alone: The Formation of the Catholic Epistle Collection and the Christian Canon and is the coeditor, with Robert W. Wall, of Reading the Epistles of James, Peter, John & Jude as Scripture and A Compact Guide to the Whole Bible: Learning to Read Scripture's Story.

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