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The influential The New Testament: Its Background and Message provides an excellent, broad-stroke overview of the New Testament, introducing the types of literature found in the New Testament and exploring their background—political, cultural, historical, and religious.
In this comprehensive volume, Thomas Lea presents a clear and concise introduction to the New Testament, giving readers the key to understanding these important texts. The work also focuses on specific New Testament books such as the Gospels, Acts, and Paul and his letters. Written in an easy-to-understand style and form, Lea’s text unlocks the message of the New Testament for both new students and seasoned scholars.
David Alan Black has revised this classic introduction to the New Testament in this second edition, which includes improved sections on the text of the New Testament and the synoptic problem, up-to-date book outlines reflecting an awareness of recent work on the discourse structure of some of the New Testament books, and updated bibliographies.
The late Thomas D. Lea was dean of the School of Theology at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
David Alan Black, a well-known and highly regarded New Testament scholar, is professor of New Testament and Greek at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC.