The New Testament
An Analytical Approach
by Stevan L. Davies
This introductory text takes a secular approach to New Testament study. The book begins with a discussion of the differences between analytical and traditional church approaches. It maintains that students can learn to work with both and not feel that they must sacrifice one for the other. Davies does not presuppose students' knowledge of biblical text or points of view, and he carefully explains topics such as how New Testament authors selected, edited and embellished sources to address concerns raised by their various communities. His clear and concise style enables students time to read both the book and the biblical text in depth.
New to this third edition
- revised chapter on Paul placed ahead of the gospels
- introduction to the Gospel of Thomas
- comprehension questions, and updated analytical exercises
- comprehensive subject index
Stevan L. Davies (Ph.D. Temple University) is Professor of Religious Studies at Misericordia University. Davies has appeared on the BBC, the Arts and Entertainment Channel and the Discovery Channel and has been quoted in U.S. News and World Report and in National Geographic. He is the author of several books, including The Secret Book of John: Annotated and Explained (2011), The Gospel of Thomas and Christian Wisdom (2o10), and Jesus the Healer: Possession, Trance and the Origins of Christianity (1995).