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Required Texts First of all, each student should read the New Testament in a credible translation, such as the New Revised Standard (NRSV), New American Bible (with revised NT: RNAB), Revised English Bible (REB), or the New English Translation (NET Bible). There are other translations that are acceptable but not as highly recommended by the professor: NASB, NIV, TNIV, and NLT. Required Texts (1) David A. deSilva, An Introduction to the New Testament: Contexts, Methods & Ministry Formation (Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity, 2004). This will be our “main text.” (2) Michael J. Gorman, Elements of Biblical Exegesis: A Basic Guide for Students and Ministers (Peabody, Mass.: Hendrickson, 2001). On the basis of the focus of your final exegetical paper (i.e., whether you would prefer to interpret a passage from the Gospels, Paul, or one of the other NT documents), select one of the following texts to purchase: (A) Green, Joel B., Scot McKnight, and I. Howard Marshall, eds. Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels. Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press, 1992. (DJG) (B) Hawthorne, Gerald F., Ralph P. Martin, and Daniel G. Reid, eds. Dictionary of Paul and His Letters. Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press, 1993. (DPL) (C) Martin, Ralph P. and Peter H. Davids, eds. Dictionary of the Later New Testament and Its Developments. Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press, 1997. (DLNTD) Alternatively—and preferably if you can afford it—you may wish to purchase the entire IVP New Testament Dictionary set (including several other helpful reference works) available on CD-ROM: The Essential IVP Reference Collection. You will also need to purchase one of the following titles in order to complete your critical review: (a) Robert Banks, Paul’s Idea of Community: The Early House Churches in Their Cultural Setting (rev. ed.; Peabody, Mass.: Hendrickson, 1994). (b) Jerry Camery-Hoggatt, Speaking of God: Reading and Preaching the Word of God (Peabody, Mass.: Hendrickson, 1995). (c) David A. deSilva, Honor, Patronage, Kinship & Purity: Unlocking New Testament Culture (Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity, 2000). (d) Justo L. González, Santa Biblia: The Bible through Hispanic Eyes (Nashville: Abindgon, 1996). (e) Bruce W. Longenecker, The Lost Letters of Pergamum: A Story from the New Testament World (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2002). (f) Gerd Theissen, The Shadow of the Galilean: The Quest of the Historical Jesus in Narrative Form (Philadelphia: Fortress, 1987).

Publication Date

January 2004


Asbury Theological Seminary


Testament, New, Summer, ExL, NT520



NT 520 Introduction to the New Testament