The New Testament: A Historical and Theological Introduction

Donald A. Hagner’s very new book appeared in the not too distant past courtesy the good graces of Baker Academic.

This substantial introduction explores the origin and character of the New Testament writings. Donald Hagner deals with the New Testament both historically and theologically, employing the framework of salvation history. He treats the New Testament as a coherent body of texts and stresses the unity of the New Testament without neglecting its variety. Although the volume covers typical questions of introduction–such as author, date, background, and sources–it focuses primarily on understanding the theological content and meaning of the texts.

Throughout this capstone work, Hagner delivers balanced conclusions in conversation with classic and current scholarship, making this an essential resource for seminarians, graduate students, and upper-divisional undergraduates for study and lifelong reference. The book includes summary tables, diagrams, maps, and extensive bibliographies. 

It’s massive, weighing in at over 800 pages of text plus end-matter.  My (now revised) review is here.

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I am a Pastor, and Lecturer in Church History and Biblical Studies at Ming Hua Theological College.
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