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What the New Testament Authors Really Cared About


Now in hardcover, this second edition of What the New Testament Authors Really Cared About has a new cover and layout to correspond with the look of the popular corresponding volume, What the Old Testament Authors Really Cared About. This textbook is more accessible than many New Testament survey texts, with full color and photographs and to-the-point coverage of each New Testament book. Introductory issues (Who? When? Where? Why?) are condensed to a one-page snapshot of all the most pertinent information. In addition, more than one hundred applications are highlighted in sidebars to clarify how the New Testament authors might apply their writings to Christians living in the twenty-first century. (From the Publisher’s Website)


This survey is arranged in a different manner than most New Testament surveys. Instead of going book by book in the canonical order, the editors have chosen to keep the writings together by author. The first chapter begins with an overview to acquaint the reader with the historical and societal context of the New Testament authors. As the reader moves into the individual books, they are treated to an overview of who, when, where, and why as an introduction to each book. Each chapter then brings out some key verses to highlight the message of the book. The reader is then given a blurb highlighting the author’s main themes. These themes are then unpacked with charts, sidebars, maps, and pictures bringing the world of the scriptures to life. After a summary, the reader is given key words and concepts to review as well as a bibliography for further study.

I found this survey to be very comprehensive in its approach. I appreciated the editors approach of keeping the writings grouped by author as it enhanced my understanding of each author’s main ideas. This book is packed with beautiful pictures, maps, and charts that enhance the book rather than distract the reader. The chapters are designed to give you an understanding of the structure and themes in each book without overwhelming you with detail. I utilized this book along with my New Testament reading and found it to be a help in keeping me focused on the main ideas. This book helps the reader understand how each part fits in the grand narrative of scripture. As you move through this book, you will see how books written by different human authors, in many different contexts present a unified story of God’s work in His world. I heartily recommend this book to every student and teacher of scripture.

Book Details:


  • Editors: Kenneth Berding & Matt Williams
  • Publisher: Kregel Academic
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Page Count: 304
  • ISBN#: 9780825443848
  • List Price: $32.99



About the Editors:

Kenneth Berding (Ph.D., Westminster Theological Seminary) is associate professor of New Testament at Talbot School of Theology at Biola University, La Mirada, California. He is the author of Polycarp and Paul (Brill) and has extensive ministry experience both overseas and in the local church.

Matt Williams (Ph.D., Trinity International University) is associate professor of biblical studies and theology at Biola University. He is the author of several titles, including Two Gospels from One and (with Scot McKnight) The Synoptic Gospels: An Annotated Bibliography.

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Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my unbiased opinion.

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