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The New Testament in Antiquity

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NTIA_SmallJPEG 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.

Pat McCullough's suggestion was:

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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