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Fortress Introduction to the New Testament

Fortress Introduction to the New Testament

All the main issues for reading the New Testament are covered in this exciting new introduction by one of the world's foremost biblical scholars.
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  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9780800636227
  • eBook ISBN 9781451408621
  • Dimensions 5.5 x 8.5
  • Pages 224
  • Publication Date August 7, 2003


1. The New Testament and Its Literary Forms
2. Jesus of Nazareth
3. The Jesus Tradition in the First Generations
4. Paul of Tarsus
5. The Beginnings of the Letter Literature
6. The Synoptic Gospels and the Acts of the Apostles
7. Pseudepigraphical Letters
8. Johannine Writings
9. The Way to the New Testament as a Literary Unity


"Today we know very much more about these twenty-seven short writings from a little religious subculture in the Roman empire than ever before. Nevertheless, they risk being forgotten—partly because the link with Christian history, which they have influenced, has been broken, partly because many of our educated contem-poraries come from other religious and cultural traditions, and partly because the results of historical-critical research are so complex that many people are deterred from trying to grasp them. . . . Consequently, this short introduction to the New Testament sets out to sum up . . . history, literature, and religion."
— from the Preface