Seven Events that Shaped the New Testament World (Review)


With thanks to Baker Academic for the review copy, I offer my review of Warren Carter’s excellent book.

Seven Events that Shaped the New Testament World (Review)


In the Mail: Baker Academic

The very kind folks at Baker Academic sent over the following books for review.

Seven Events that Shaped the New Testament World

039164Seven Events that Shaped the New Testament World is a useful, concise introduction to the world surrounding the New Testament. It focuses on seven key events in the centuries before and after Jesus. Carter enlightens readers about the beginnings of the Christian movement, showing how religious, political, and economic factors were interwoven in the fabric of the New Testament world.Leading New Testament scholar Warren Carter has a record of providing student-friendly texts. This introduction offers a “big picture” focus and is logically and memorably organized around seven events, which Carter uses as launching pads to discuss larger cultural dynamics and sociohistorical realities that were in some way significant for followers of Jesus and the New Testament. A multitude of photos and maps are included.

Events Covered

  • The Death of Alexander the Great (323 BCE)
  • The Process of Translating Hebrew Scriptures into Greek (ca. 250 BCE)
  • The Rededication of the Jerusalem Temple (164 BCE)
  • The Roman Occupation of Judea (63 BCE)
  • The Crucifixion of Jesus (ca. 30 CE)
  • The Writing of the New Testament Texts (ca. 50-ca. 130 CE)
  • The Process of “Closing” the New Testament Canon (397 CE)
Paideia: Commentaries on the New Testament

036347_w185In James and Jude two respected New Testament scholars offer a practical commentary that is conversant with contemporary scholarship, draws on ancient backgrounds, and attends to the theological nature of the texts.

This commentary, like each in the projected eighteen-volume series, proceeds by sense units rather than word-by-word or verse-by-verse. Paideia commentaries explore how New Testament texts form Christian readers by

  • attending to the ancient narrative and rhetorical strategies the text employ
  • showing how the text shapes theological convictions and moral habits
  • commenting on the final, canonical form of each New Testament book
  • focusing on the cultural, literary, and theological settings of the text
  • making judicious use of maps, photos, and sidebars in a reader-friendly format

Students, pastors, and other readers will appreciate the historical, literary, and theological insight that John Painter and David deSilva offer in interpreting James and Jude.