An Introduction to the New Testament: The Abridged Edition (The Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library)
A long-awaited abridgement of Raymond Brown's classicand best-selling introduction to the New TestamentSince its publication in 1997, Raymond Brown's Introductionto the New Testament has been widely embraced by modernreaders seeking to understand the Christian Bible. Acknowledged asa paragon of New Testament studies in his lifetime, Brown was agifted communicator who wrote with ease and clarity.Abridged by Marion Soards, who worked with Brown on the originaltext, this new, concise version maintains the essence and centristinterpretation of the original without tampering with Brown'sperspective, insights, or conclusions. The biblical writingsthemselves remain the focus, but there are also chapters dealingwith the nature, origin, and interpretation of the New Testamenttexts, as well as chapters concerning the political, social,religious, and philosophical world of antiquity. Furthermore,augmenting Brown's commentary on the New Testament itself aretopics such as the Gospels' relationship to one another; the formand function of ancient letters; Paul's thought and life, alongwith his motivation, legacy, and theology; a reflection on thehistorical Jesus; and a survey of relevant Jewish and Christianwritings.This comprehensive, reliable, and authoritative guidebook is nowmore accessible for novices, general readers, Bible study groups,ministers, scholars, and students alike.