This is a comprehensive and essential introductory textbook on the New Testament by an eminent professor in the field."The New Testament in Context" is the fruit of a scholarly life teaching the New Testament to undergraduate students.George Shillington, now Emeritus Professor at Canadian Mennonite University, has written a textbook on the New Testament which stresses the varying social, rhetorical and theological contexts of these twenty-seven texts. He introduces the book by emphasizing the importance of 'context' for reading 'texts'. The discussion then moves onto a description of the socio-rhetorical and theological approach, illustrated by exploring a text from one of Paul's letters. The usefulness of a socio-rhetorical reading is often limited by neglecting to recognize the theological aspect of a text. Shillington's textbook addresses this tendency by never losing sight of the theological dimension. The discussion is then broadened out to explore the larger context of the New Testament world within which the various documents were written.In addition to leading the students into the texture of the texts, Shillington encourages them to engage in interpretation, e.g. for writing an exegetical essay on a given text.
The terms of reference are defined along the way, and different schools of thought on given subjects are brought to light. Each chapter concludes with suggestions for further research on the particular material.
V. George Shillington is Professor Emeritus of Biblical and Theological Studies at Canadian Mennonite University, Winnipeg. Publications (books): An Introduction to the Study of Luke-Acts (T & T Clark, 2007); On A Journey with God, (Springfield Publications, 2003), Reading the Sacred Text (T & T. Clark, 2002); 2 Corinthians (Herald Press, 1998). He has taught introductory course to the New Testament for over thirty years, both at an undergraduate and a seminary level.
1. "No Text is an Island: Laying Claim to the New Testament"; 2. "The Mainland: Macro-Context"; 3. "Two Principal Figures: Jesus and Paul"; 4. "New Testament Literature: An Overview"; 5. "One in Three: The Synoptic Gospels"; 6. "Jesus Reconfigured Theologically: The Johannine Writings"; 7. "Second Volume of a Two-part Work: The Acts of the Apostles"; 8. "Urban Centres of Paul's Missionary Letters"; 9. "Paul's Thought in Mission: The Seven Undisputed Letters of Paul"; 10. "Pauline Thought in Transition: Other Letters under Paul's Name"; 11. "Post-Pauline Trajectories: Five Catholic Epistles"; 12. "View from an Island: The Apocalypse of John"; Bibliography; Appendices; Index.