The Cradle, the Cross, and the Crown: An Introduction to the New Testament
Although Scripture cannot be reduced to a mere piece of human writing, there is much to gain by paying careful attention to the historical, literary, and theological dimensions of the biblical text. For this reason, The Cradle, the Cross, and the Crown is offered to the serious New Testament student who seeks to better understand and share God’s word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15). Across nearly one thousand pages, it thoroughly introduces all twenty-seven New Testament books and closely examines Christ’s incarnation and virgin birth, the heart of His ministry shown so vividly in the Gospels’ Passion Narratives, and the triumphant return of Jesus and our eternal reign with Him as depicted in Revelation.
"Simply an outstanding work. Its up-to-date research alone makes The Cradle, the Cross, and the Crown an invaluable resource. Add to this its comprehensive survey of the crucial issues related to New Testament studies, and you have a textbook well suited for the college or seminary classroom."
--Daniel L. Akin, president, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, NC
"Among the finest such studies of recent decades in classic matters of New Testament introduction. What sets it apart includes: (1) attention to theology and the history of interpretation; (2) extended presentation of the history of New Testament times and the rise of the canon; (3) appropriate rigor; (4) frequently creative layout features; and (5) conceptual clarity. Beyond an impressive digest of scholarship, it is an appeal to faithful appropriation of the New Testament's message."
--Robert W. Yarbrough, professor of New Testament and department chair, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, IL
"Clear, thorough, up to date, and engaging all the contemporary alternatives people are putting forward . . . discerning and judicious. Well done and highly recommended."
--Darrell L. Bock, research professor of New Testament, Dallas Theological Seminary, Dallas, TX
"The Cradle, the Cross, and the Crown sets a new standard for excellence among textbooks dealing with New Testament introduction (and) offers a veritable gold mine of information often found only in several texts. A distinctively unique textbook that displays not only careful and balanced scholarship, but is lucidly written and Òuser friendly."
--Richard D. Patterson, emeritus professor, Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA
New Standard For Evangelical Introductions To The New Testament
By Steve Jackson "stevejackson100atyahoocom" - December 26, 2009
THE CRADLE, THE CROSS, AND THE CROWN is an up to date evangelical introduction to the New Testament. Based on its scope and quality it may become the standard evangelical introduction to the NT for years to come.
No NT introduction can discuss everything a beginning student might need, but CCC comes pretty close. It includes historical background, textual matters, brief commentaries on the individual books, helpful charts and side bars on select topics. For, example section on Paul contains a life of Paul, a chronology of his life, a brief discussion on the "New Perspective," a review of his theology, and his relationship to Jesus.
The book's conclusions are consistently conservative, affirming the historicity and inerrancy of scripture and the traditional dating and authorship of the biblical books. The authors appear to be baptistic, pre-millennial, and non-dispensationalist.
For readers wanting a more mainstream introduction covering similar... read more
One of the best
By Daniel J. Doleys - August 8, 2010
Andreas Koestenberger is professor of New Testament at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and author of Father, Son and Spirit: The Trinity and John's Gospel, Heresy of Orthodoxy, A Theology of John's Gospel and Letters, John (BECNT), Salvation to the Ends of the Earth, and Encountering John. L. Scott Kellum is associate professor of New Testament and Greek at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Charles L. Quarles is professor of New Testament and Greek at Louisiana College.
I would like to thank Jim Baird of B&H for providing this review copy.
There are an abundance of New Testament introductions that are more than adequate for most NT students and teachers: Introduction to the New Testament (D.A. Carson, Doug Moo), New Testament Introduction (Donald Guthrie), Encountering the New Testament (Walter Elwell), New Testament History (F. F. Bruce), An Introduction To The New Testament (David deSilva) and many more. With this wealth of volumes is... read more
A Teacher's Dream
By Nick Norelli - October 27, 2011
As I look at my bookcases I see no less than 5 proper New Testament introductions. In addition to these I have another 2 volumes in digital format. And all of this is to say nothing of the introductory works I have on specific parts of the NT, such as the Gospels or Paul's letters. So with such a proliferation of material introducing readers to the NT what makes one volume stand out above another? For some it will be a mere matter of preference. Do you prefer a volume that is written from a fairly conservative evangelical position or do you want something a little to the left of that? Are you looking for something that's heavily focused on background material or something geared more towards the theology of each book? Do you want something very detailed or something more general? Whatever your preference there is a NT intro to suit your fancy.
So back to the initial question: what makes The Cradle, the Cross, and the Crown: An Introduction to the New Testament edited by... read more
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