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The SCM Study Guide: New Testament Interpretation, together with its companion volume The Books of the New Testament (9780334040477), offers an up-to-date, accessible introduction to this fast-changing area of theological study. Aimed at level one students, it encourages interaction with the New Testament texts and provides pointers for further reading and learning.
This accessible guide covers the main areas tackled in introductory New Testament courses, such as the contents and diversity of the New Testament, how the texts came to be written and collected, their relationship to Jesus of Nazareth, and the nature of the canon. In particular, it introduces the main interpretative approaches used by scholars in an accessible way, avoiding unnecessary jargon, and helping the student apply them to specific New Testament passages, so is full of practical examples and accessible learning techniques for the beginner.
1. Introducing the New Testament
2. Where is Meaning to be Found?
3. The Jesus Effect 40
4. Determining the Text
5. Why Four Gospels?
6. Reading Historically
7. Literary Readings
8. Social-Scientific Readings
9. Acknowledging One’s Commitments
10. The New Testament and the Question of God
11. The Ongoing Story
12. Putting It Into Practice
Ian Boxall is Tutorial Fellow in New Testament at St Stephen's House, Oxford, and a member of the Faculty of Theology, University of Oxford.