Exploring the New Testament: A Guide to the Gospels and Acts, By David Wenham and Steve Walton alt

Exploring the New Testament

A Guide to the Gospels and Acts

Exploring the Bible Series

Third Edition, 1

by David Wenham and Steve Walton

Exploring the New Testament
  • Length: 384 pages
  • Published: March 30, 2021
  • Imprint: IVP Academic
  • Item Code: 2527
  • ISBN: 9780830825271

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Written by scholars with extensive experience teaching in colleges and universities, the Exploring the Bible series has for decades equipped students to study Scripture for themselves.

Exploring the New Testament, Volume One provides an accessible introduction to the Gospels and Acts. It's filled with classroom-friendly features such as discussion questions, charts, theological summary sidebars, essay questions, and further reading lists. This volume introduces students to

  • Jewish and Greco-Roman background
  • literary genres and forms
  • issues of authorship, date, and setting
  • the content and major themes of each book
  • various approaches to the study of the Gospels and Acts
  • the intersection of New Testament criticism with contemporary faith and culture

Now in its third edition, this popular textbook has been updated and revised to take account of the latest advances in scholarly findings and research methods, including new sections on

  • the impact of social memory theory on Gospel studies
  • the relationship of John's Gospel to the Synoptics
  • recent work on characterization in narrative studies of the Gospels
  • the way the Hebrew Scriptures are read by the New Testament authors
  • the contribution of archaeology to New Testament studies
  • updated bibliographies highlighting the most important and influential works published in the last decade

Especially suited as a textbook for courses on Jesus, the Gospels, or Acts, this book is a valuable guide for anyone seeking a solid foundation for studying the New Testament.

"A superb one-stop shop for students looking for resources that open up the New Testament world and its writings."

Elizabeth Shively, senior lecturer in New Testament studies and director of teaching, School of Divinity, University of St. Andrews


List of Illustrations
How to Use This Book

A. Setting the Scene
1. The Historical Context of Jesus and the New Testament
2. Judaism in First-Century Palestine

B. Approaching the Gospels
3. What Are the Gospels?
4. Where Did the Gospels Come From?
5. Understanding the Gospels Today

C. Understanding Jesus
6. The Quest for the Historical Jesus
7. The Life of Jesus in the Light of History
8. The Teaching and Aims of Jesus

D. Getting into the Four Gospels
9. Mark
10. Matthew
11. Luke
12. John

E. The Acts of the Apostles
13. Acts



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David Wenham

David Wenham (PhD, Manchester) has served as director of the Tyndale House Gospels Research project, dean and vice principal at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, and tutor in New Testament at Trinity College, Bristol. His books include The Parables of Jesus, Paul and Jesus: The True Story, and Preaching the New Testament (coedited with Ian Paul).

Steve Walton

Steve Walton is associate research fellow at Trinity, College, Bristol, and serves as secretary of the British New Testament Society. He is the author of Leadership and Lifestyle and A Call to Live: Vocation for Everyone.