Bible Gateway gifted me with an excerpt from The New Testament in Its World, The Making of the New Testament by N.T. Wright & Michael F. Bird. The subtitle, An Introduction to the History, Literature and Theology of the First Christians, is what drew me to accept the sample pages. The printed book is nearly 1000 pages long and I had less than 30 of them to peruse.
“There is nothing like the Greek New Testament to rejuvenate the world,
which came out of the Dark Ages with the Greek New Testament in its
hand. Erasmus wrote in the Preface to his Greek Testament about his own
thrill of delight: ‘These holy pages will summon up the living image of His
mind. They will give you Christ Himself, talking, healing, dying, rising,
the whole Christ in a word; they will give Him to you in an intimacy so
close that He would be less visible to you if He stood before your eyes.’
The Greek New Testament is the New Testament. All else is translations”
(A. T. Robertson, cited in Porter 2013, 11.)
This book contains beautiful color photographs as well as many charts and graphs to help the reader understand the concepts. This book could easily be used as a college textbook but that doesn’t mean that the average Christian would feel overwhelmed when reading it. If you are a person who often wonders how the Bible was compiled, translated, and distributed, this is the book for you. If you are a history nerd, this book is for you. If you want to learn more about the first century Christians, this book is for you.
I can’t wait to get my hands on the full book!