The New Testament in Antiquity
Recent reviews of The New Testament in Antiquity have been helpful and enjoyable reading. I'm happy to see how positively it's been received by the academic community. I noticed something worth bringing up for discussion here, and am interested to read responses....
In a recent review, Nick Norelli said:
I think Pat McCullough’s suggestion of using NTA in conjunction with another (less conservative?) survey is a good one. It never hurts to see what “the other side” is saying about the NT as well.
If I were to use this as a textbook, I would warn the students of the generally conservative viewpoint. I would probably supplement the reading with in-class discussions on the complications of authorship. I would also point out some of my differing opinions (such as with Junia) or where I don’t feel they made important connections explicit enough (such as with honor/shame and the counter-cultural teachings of Jesus). It might be interesting to combine this survey with something like Bart Ehrman’s survey to get discussion going.
Despite my hesitations, I say, snatch it up! It is bound to be a dominant standard survey textbook for years to come.
Nijay K Gupta also reviewed NTIA here.
All of this begs the questions: If you used NTIA, would you supplement with another, "less conservative" introduction? If so, which one? Why?
-Andrew, from the Z Academic team
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