The Cradle, the Cross, and the Crown guides serious New Testament students through the historical, literary, and theological dimensions of the biblical text, allowing them to better understand and share God’s “word of truth” (2 Tim 2:15). It offers a thorough introduction to all twenty-seven books of the New Testament and closely examines events such as Christ’s incarnation and virgin birth, his crucifixion and resurrection, and triumphant return.   The second edition features updated bibliographies and footnotes, interpretation sections that cover different literary genres in the New Testament, an epilogue that canvasses the entire storyline of Scripture, and a variety of maps. All of these new features contribute to making this a life-long resource for students of Scripture.

List of Abbreviations
PART ONE: Introduction
Chapter 1: The Nature and Scope of Scripture
Chapter 2: The Political and Religious Background of the New Testament
PART TWO: Jesus and the Gospels 101
Chapter 3: Jesus and the Relationship between the Gospels
Chapter 4: The Gospel According to Matthew
Chapter 5: The Gospel According to Mark
Chapter 6: The Gospel According to Luke
Chapter 7: The Gospel According to John
PART THREE: The Early Church and Paul
Chapter 8: The Book of Acts
Chapter 9: Paul: The Man and His Message
Chapter 10: Paul’s Letter to the Galatians
Chapter 11: Paul’s Thessalonians Correspondence: 1–2 Thessalonians
Chapter 12: Paul’s Corinthian Correspondence: 1–2 Corinthians
Chapter 13: Paul’s Letter to the Romans
Chapter 14: The Prison Epistles: Philippians, Ephesians, Colossians, and Philemon
Chapter 15: The Pastoral Epistles: 1–2 Timothy, Titus
PART FOUR: The General Epistles and Revelation
Chapter 16: The Letter to the Hebrews
Chapter 17: The Letter of James
Chapter 18: The Petrine Epistles (1–2 Peter) and the Letter of Jude
Chapter 19: The Johannine Epistles: 1–3 John
Chapter 20: The Book of Revelation
PART FIVE: Conclusion
Chapter 21: Unity and Diversity in the New Testament
Name Index
Subject Index
Scripture Index



The Cradle, the Cross, and the Crown is an outstanding introduction to the New Testament, which should be warmly welcomed not only by teachers and students but by anyone desiring an up-to-date, comprehensive, judicious survey of the historical, literary, and theological context of the New Testament. Among the user-friendly features of this volume are clear objectives for different levels of study, helpful review questions, recommended reading lists, numerous sidebars, and an extensive glossary. I expect to turn to this volume and recommend it to others for years to come.

—Justin Taylor, Executive Vice President of Book Publishing and Book Publisher, Crossway Books

Simply an outstanding work. Its up-to-date research alone makes The Cradle, the Cross, and the Crown an invaluable resource. Add to this its comprehensive survey of the crucial issues related to New Testament studies, and you have a textbook well suited for the college or seminary classroom.

—Daniel L. Akin, President, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, NC

Among the finest such studies of recent decades in classic matters of New Testament introduction. What sets it apart includes: (1) attention to theology and the history of interpretation; (2) extended presentation of the history of New Testament times and the rise of the canon; (3) appropriate rigor; (4) frequently creative layout features; and (5) conceptual clarity. Beyond an impressive digest of scholarship, it is an appeal to faithful appropriation of the New Testament's message.

—Robert W. Yarbrough, Professor of New Testament, Covenant Theological Seminary, St. Louis, MO

Clear, thorough, up to date, and engaging all the contemporary alternatives people are putting forward . . . discerning and judicious. Well done and highly recommended.

—Darrell L. Bock, Research Professor of New Testament, Dallas Theological Seminary, Dallas, TX

The Cradle, the Cross, and the Crown sets a new standard for excellence among textbooks dealing with New Testament introduction (and) offers a veritable gold mine of information often found only in several texts. A distinctively unique textbook that displays not only careful and balanced scholarship, but is lucidly written and user friendly.

—Richard D. Patterson, Emeritus Professor, Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA

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