Called by the Gospel
410 Pages
English

Called by the Gospel

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410 Pages
English

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Called by the Gospel is the title for a series of introductory theological textbooks written from a distinctly Lutheran perspective. In keeping with the predominant place of the gospel in Lutheran theology, this introductory volume on the New Testament carries the same title as the series, Called by the Gospel. Readers will find within its pages a high view of the Christian Scriptures, explanation of keys texts with careful attention to the historical and cultural contexts, particular focus on the presentation of Jesus by the various texts, and a conversational style that seeks to convey the message of the text for contemporary times.
Although the book was written with university students in mind, any Christians who seek to deepen their grasp of the New Testament will find within its pages helpful and challenging insights. This book builds on material presented in the first volume of the series, Called to be God's People, and supplements its contents with maps, photos, suggested readings, discussion questions, and a glossary. Together these two volumes prepare the university student for an in-depth consideration of Christian doctrine in Called to Believe, Teach, and Confess.

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Published 15 July 2007
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Called by the Gospel An Introduction to the New Testament (revised edition)
Called by the GospelIntroductions to Christian History and Thought From a Distinctly Lutheran Perspective Volume 1 Called to be God’s People: An Introduction to the Old TestamentAndrew E. Steinmann, editor Volume 2 Called by the Gospel: An Introduction to the New TestamentMichael P. Middendorf and Mark Schuler Volume 3 Called to Believe, Teach, and Confess: An Introduction to Doctrinal TheologySteven P. Mueller, editor Volume 4 Called to be Holy in the World: An Introduction to Christian HistoryTimothy H. Maschke, editor
Called by the Gospel An Introduction to the New TestamentMichael P. Middendorf Mark Schuler with editorial assistance from Rhoda Schuler
CALLED BY THE GOSPEL An Introduction to the New Testament (revised edition) Copyright © 2009 Michael P. Middendorf and Mark Schuler. All rights reserved. Except for brief quotations in critical publications or reviews, no part of this book may be reproduced in any manner without prior writ-ten permission from the publisher. Write: Permissions, Wipf & Stock, th 199 w. 8 Ave., Suite 3, Eugene, OR 97401 Photographs are copyright © 2007 Michael P. Middendorf, Mark Schu-ler, and Michael Schultheis. Maps are copyright © 2007 Michael P. Middendorf and Mark Schuler. Templates were provided by the Map Project of the American Schools of Oriental Research. Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Pub-lishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. ISBN: 978-1-55635-526-4
This book is dedicated to those who serve the church with faith and fervor professionally or simply out of love past, present, and future because they are called by the Gospel.
Contents
Acknowledgments............................................................................................... ix Chapter 1: Approaching the New Testament(M.P.M.).................................. 1Chapter 2: The World of the New Testament(M.S.).................................... 29 Chapter 3: The Story of the New Testament(M.S.)...................................... 57 Chapter 4: The Writings of the New Testament Confessing the Christ Boldly........................................................................... 93 Matthew (M.S.)........................................................................................... 94 James and Galatians (M.P.M.) .................................................................. 119 1 and 2 Thessalonians (M.P.M.) ............................................................... 141 I and 2 Corinthians (M.P.M.).................................................................... 148 Colossians and Philemon (M.P.M.) .......................................................... 171 Romans (M.P.M.) ..................................................................................... 179 Chapter 5: The Writings of the New Testament Confession in Conflict .................................................................................... 205 Philippians (M.P.M.)................................................................................. 206 Luke/Acts (M.S.) ...................................................................................... 214 1 and 2 Peter (M.S.) .................................................................................. 250 Mark (M.S.) .............................................................................................. 265 Hebrews (M.P.M.) .................................................................................... 279 Revelation (M.S.)...................................................................................... 291 Jude (M.P.M.) ........................................................................................... 311 Chapter 6: The Writings of the New Testament Maturing Confession...................................................................................... 317 Ephesians (M.P.M.) .................................................................................. 317 1 Timothy and Titus (M.P.M.) .................................................................. 328 2 Timothy (M.P.M.).................................................................................. 339 John (M.S.) ............................................................................................... 343 1–3 John (M.S.) ........................................................................................ 371 Chapter 7: Jesus in the New Testament Christology and Christologies(M.P.M.)....................................................... 383 Glossary ........................................................................................................... 389
AcknowledgmentsMichael P. Middendorf wishes to thank the following: My co-author, editor, and archaeology mentor, Mark Schuler; The Harry and Caroline Trembath family for establishing the Chair of Confessional Theology at Concordia University, Irvine. I was able to complete a substantial portion of this book while occupying the Chair in 2003–2004; President J.A.O. Preus, former Provost Kurt Krueger, Dean James Bachman, and all the members of the School of Theology at Concordia University, Irvine for their insights and support; Professor Rachel Soo and David Rueter for assistance with maps, graphics and pictures; Jaclyn Gibson for proofreading my portions of this textbook; The Fall 2004 and 2005 New Testament Honors classes at Concordia University, Irvine who gave valuable feedback on draft sections of this work; All the students I have been privileged to interact with at Concordia University, Austin (1992–2001) and Concordia University, Irvine (2001–present). I hope I have been able to teach you even a small por-tion of what I have learned in the process; and Above all, “the name that is above every name,” our Lord Jesus Christ (Philippians 2:9, 11). Mark Schuler wishes to thank the following: Dr. Rhoda Schuler, my wife and best friend, whose editorial work on this project saved us from biblical, theological, and grammatical gaffes too numerous to mention; Dr. Erich Kiehl, professor emeritus from Concordia Seminary, Saint Louis, who introduced me to the world behind the text; The late Professor Yizhar Hirshfeld, from Hebrew University, Jerusa-lem, who invited me into the work of archaeological research; Concordia University, Saint Paul for research time on sabbatical; Luther Seminary, Saint Paul, who welcomed me as a scholar-in-residence during the writing of significant portions of this work; Students from Concordia University, Saint Paul, who for thirteen years have explored the New Testament with me; My co-author, Mike Middendorf, whose work on Paul complements my work on the gospels and who is a very lucky amateur archaeologist; Colleagues Steve Mueller, Andy Steinman, and Tim Maschke, who helped birth this textbook project; and The one who is the Alpha and the Omega (Revelation 21:13), whose fi-nal word (tetelestai) is most appropriate at this moment … and always.