The Second Testament: A New Translation, By Scot McKnight
The Second Testament
  • Length: 312 pages
  • Dimensions: 6 × 9 in
  • Published: June 20, 2023
  • Imprint: IVP Academic
  • Item Code: 4699
  • ISBN: 9780830846993

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Experience the New Testament Afresh in Scot McKnight's Bold Translation

Typical translations of the New Testament make the biblical text as accessible as possible by using the language of our own day. At times this masks the distance between the New Testament text and modern readers. Scripture continues to speak to us but it speaks as an ancient text to the modern world.

New Testament scholar Scot McKnight offers a translation of the New Testament with a daring approach to the ancient text. Clever in its expression and at times stunning in its boldness, The Second Testament will challenge readers to experience God's Word anew.

God blesses the beggars in spirit because theirs is Heavens’ Empire.

God blesses the grievers because they will be consoled.

God blesses the meek because they will inherit the land.

God blesses the ones hungering and thirsting for the rightness because they will be satisfied. (Matthew 5:3-6)

Features include:

  • Complete text of the New Testament
  • Brief introductions to each book
  • Maps of key locations and events
  • Glossary of key terms in the translation
  • Full-cloth hardcover with foil stamping

"Startling. Scot McKnight's translation flips and scatters our settled habits of thought about the New Testament. McKnight's striking prose in The Second Testament compels the reader to un-hear and then re-hear Scripture's message. I highly recommend it, because after the shakedown, you'll find that you've encountered God's Word afresh."

Matthew W. Bates, author of Why the Gospel? and professor of theology at Quincy University

"Scot McKnight's translation of the New Testament takes us into the very world of Jesus and the apostles; it breathes the air of antiquity. Rather than try to make the New Testament too familiar, McKnight makes it sound foreign, like a distant land you are hearing about for the first time. The Second Testament is a monumental literary achievement that will enrich and excite readers for generations."

Michael F. Bird, academic dean and lecturer in New Testament at Ridley College in Melbourne, Australia

"Translations produced by committees often reflect negotiations—quite often with well-intentioned ambiguity and ecumenical aims. A translation produced by an individual provides additional space for creativity and boldness, and this is precisely what we have with The Second Testament. McKnight's work is a stimulating glimpse into the original Greek and an encouragement to us all to consider our long-held translations. I look forward to the conversations it generates!"

Madison Pierce, associate professor of New Testament at Western Seminary

"Scot McKnight's The Second Testament translation offers surprises and causes us to rethink passages we thought we knew."

Lisa Bowens, associate professor of New Testament at Princeton Theological Seminary

Read an Excerpt



The Gospel of Matthew
The Gospel of Mark
The Gospel of John
The Acts of the Apostles
To the Romans
The First Letter to Corinth
The Second Letter to Corinth
To the Galatians
To the Ephesians
To the Philippians
To the Colossians
The First Letter to the Thessalonians
The Second Letter to the Thessalonians
The First Letter to Timothy
The Second Letter to Timothy
To Titus
To Philemon
To the Hebrews
The Letter of James
The First Letter of Peter
The Second Letter of Peter
The First Letter of John
The Second Letter of John
The Letter of Jude
The Apocalypse of John



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IVP Author Scot McKnight

Scot McKnight (PhD, University of Nottingham) is Julius R. Mantey Chair of New Testament at Northern Seminary. in Lombard, Illinois. He is the author of many books, including Reading Romans Backwards, Pastor Paul, The King Jesus Gospel, and commentaries on James, Galatians, and 1 Peter. He is also the coeditor of the Story of God commentary series and general editor of the forthcoming second edition of the Dictionary of Paul and His Letters.