The Essence of the New Testament, Second Edition surveys the books of the New Testament from Matthew to Revelation. Drawing on decades of scholarly research and classroom teaching, the authors provide a practical, readable, and insightful introduction to the second major division of the Christian biblical canon. This new edition contains new information about the emergence of an early Christian canon, the significance of Second Temple Judaism for New Testament study, an overview of tools for New Testament research, an introduction to Jesus studies, and a synopsis of the relationship of the Old Testament to the New Testament.  Other beneficial features for students and instructors include:

  • More than 150 full-color photographs, maps, illustrations, and charts
  • Introductions to each New Testament book, including background, outline, message, and theological significance
  • Introductory chapters on how we got the New Testament, principles of interpretation, the intertestamental period, and the Synoptic problem
  • Sidebars focusing on significant topics and Greek word studies for English readers
  • Study questions and recommended further reading.

Editors Elmer L. Towns and Ben Gutierrez draw from their years of teaching experience to provide a time-tested New Testament overview written at the college level, yet also appropriate for pastors, scholars, and laypeople. They combine the finest evangelical scholarship with a passion to open windows of spiritual and practical insight into the biblical text.

1. How We Got the New Testament
2. Interpreting the New Testament
3. The History Between the Testaments
4. The Essence of the Synoptic Problem
5. Matthew: The Kingdom of Heaven
6. Mark: The Divine Servant
7. Luke: The Son of Man
8. John: Believe and Live
9. Acts: Taking the Message to the World
10. Romans: Righteousness by Faith
11. 1 Corinthians: The Supremacy of Love
12. 2 Corinthians: Power in Weakness
13. Galatians: By Grace through Faith
14. Ephesians: Wealth, Walk, and Warfare
15. Philippians: The Mind of Christ
16. Colossians: Preeminence of Christ
17. 1 Thessalonians: The Return of Christ
18. 2 Thessalonians: The Day of the Lord
19. 1 Timothy: Pastoral Principles
20. 2 Timothy: Final Words
21. Titus: Good Works
22. Philemon: Social Dynamics of the Gospel
23. Hebrews: Jesus Our Great High Priest
24. James: Faith That Works
25. 1 Peter: Holy Living
26. 2 Peter: Growing in Grace
27. 1 John: Blessed Assurance
28. 2 John: Avoid False Teachers
29. 3 John: Accept True Teachers
30. Jude: Final Warnings
31. Revelation: The King Is Coming


Ben Gutiérrez

Ben Gutierrez is administrative dean for undergraduate programs at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. He holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership & Divinity from Regent University.

Elmer L. Towns

Elmer Towns is cofounder of Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, and dean of its School of Religion. Also a best-selling author, he won an ECPA Gold Medallion Book of the Year Award for The Names of the Holy Spirit.


The Essence of the New Testament is a beautifully produced, well-conceived, introductory-level survey that is sure to instill in students a greater love for the Bible, a deeper knowledge of its message, and a stronger desire to act on its truth.

—Andreas Köstenberger, Senior Research Professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

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