In The New Testament In Its World acclaimed biblical scholar N. T. Wright draws on a lifetime of distinguished scholarship to provide a thorough overview of the New Testament for students, church leaders, and everyday Christians.
Wright, along with prominent New Testament scholar Michael Bird, explores the history, literature, and theology of the New Testament with an emphasis on its relevance for Christians today. Beginning with an overview of how to read the New Testament, the authors then survey its historical background to orient readers to the world of Jesus and the early church. This is followed by an in-depth study of Jesus’ inauguration of the kingdom of God through his life, ministry, death, and resurrection.
The next section explores the life and theology of Paul, who continues to unfold the significance of Jesus’ life and ministry, and applies these to the issues faced by the early churches. Wright and Bird survey all of Paul’s letters, providing a compact commentary on each, while explaining contemporary scholarly discussions on Paul and his teachings.
They then turn to the gospels, written after Paul’s letters, followed by the general epistles and Revelation, explaining the background, critical issues, important teachings, and contemporary applications for each.
This is followed by a description of how the New Testament came to be, guiding the reader through issues of textual criticism and canonization. A concluding section brings all of the previous threads together to encourage readers to consider how their personal story fits into the larger story of God’s redemption narrated in the New Testament.
Students of the New Testament will not only be equipped with all of the technical information needed to understand the New Testament today but will see it as one cohesive story in which they are invited to play a vital role through their own lives and circumstances.