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This revised edition of Gundry’s survey of the New Testament goes beyond providing background information and technical introductory material and leads students to read the New Testament itself. Whenever possible general questions of introduction and background are tied to assigned readings covering the entire New Testament. In addition, comments on these readings help students with interpretation and follow the flow of thought from one passage to another. Features include:
“The attestation of 2 and 3 John in patristic writings is somewhat weak, doubtless because of the brevity of these letters.” (Page 495)
“Furthermore, a late date for Matthew would make odd the business of the temple tax, which only Matthew discusses (17:24–27), and the relative prominence of Sadducees (they appear seven times in Matthew, over against only one mention each in Mark and Luke). For the temple was destroyed in a.d. 70 and thus the Sadducees lost their base of power and, indeed, most of them their very lives.” (Pages 161–162)
“The Letter of James is the least doctrinal and most practical book in the New Testament. We are dealing, then, with a manual of Christian conduct that assumes a foundation of faith.” (Page 474)
“use of ‘we’ in narrating parts of Paul’s journeys, the author of Acts implies that he was a traveling companion of Paul” (Page 300)
“Alexander’s conquests provided far greater impetus than before. The Greek language became the ↓lingua franca, or common trade and diplomatic language.” (Page 5)
Professor Gundry’s 4th edition continues to be the preferred textbook for an undergraduate New Testament survey course. Gundry’s ‘Further Discussion’ recommendations at the end of each chapter have facilitated many lively discussions in the classroom. A wonderful feature of this textbook is the ‘How Much Did You Learn?’ questions, which I require students to answer in a notebook, along with keeping key definitions from the textbook. . . . I recommend its use wholeheartedly.
—Brian Lugioyo, Assistant Professor of Theology & Bible, Spring Arbor University
I have found the 4th edition of Robert Gundry’s A Survey of the New Testament to be an excellent text and resource for classroom use in my New Testament courses. Several features contribute to its usefulness. Let me highlight two. First, the pictures, maps, charts and graphs combine to enhance the students learning. These visual aids bring the New Testament to life. Second, the chapters themselves are well written. This allows the student to gain a firm grasp of the content of the New Testament. I am grateful to have at my disposal a resource like Gundry’s 4th edition.
—Shawn Buice, Assistant Professor of New Testament and Greek, Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary
Robert H. Gundry is a scholar-in-residence and professor emeritus of New Testament and Greek at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. Among his books are Mark: A Commentary on His Apology for the Cross; Matthew: A Commentary on His Handbook for a Mixed Church Under Persecution, Soma in Biblical Theology, and Jesus the Word According to John the Sectarian.