Every pastor should have a good introductions to both the New and Old Testaments. Some of these introductions are either to highly scholastic or they are so watered down that they are completely useless. One of the handful of good conservative introductions are produced by B&H Academic. There are two volumes, The Word and the Word: An Introduction to the Old Testament, and, The Cradle, the Cross, and the Crown: An Introduction to the New Testament. The Cradle, the Cross, and the Crown: An Introduction to the New Testament has recently released a new edition to fantastic volume which does not disappoint. This volume is updated with recent scholastic developments and how it relates to the interpretation of scripture.
This new edition is authored by Andres J. Kostenberger, L. Scott Kellum and Charles L. Quarles, seminary professors from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, who are all top notch scholars in their own right. Together they have authored a volume which can be used in a variety of settings and contexts. For instance it is a valuable asset for Pastors to study when they are starting a new sermon series, to Sunday School teachers in preparing for teaching lessons, and for a professor who is looking to teach a New Testament survey class.
Each chapter gives a very detailed outline of the Biblical book, which are very useful in preaching exegetical sermons, then a short unit to unit study which touch on important passages, and cultural contexts. After this, there is a study in theological themes found in each book and how each book contributes to the cannon, basically why each book is in the cannon. Lastly each chapter has extremely helpful study questions that are thought provoking and application lending.
Outside of chapters dedicated to each book of the Bible there is a short introduction to the New Testament as a whole. Which will be very valuable to any serious student of scripture. The only caveat is that this work is written on a popular level and is not of much use to the scholar, but is of great weight to mostly everyone else. I highly recommend this work for its continued dedication to the inspiration, inerrancy, and infallibility of Holy Scripture.
This book was provided to me free of charge from B & H Academic Publishing in exchange for an unbiased, honest review.
The Cradle, the Cross, and the Crown: An Introduction to the New Testament
© 2016 by by Andres J. Kostenberger, L. Scott Kellum and Charles L. Quarles
Publisher: B & H Academic Publishing
Page Count: 1168 Pages
Publishers Website: http://bhacademic.com