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Handbooks offer subject introductions. They include brief histories of the subject in question, individual chapters on particular aspects of the subject, and bibliographies. Handbooks provide quick and accessible information on topics encountered when studying the New Testament.
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T&T Clark Handbook to Social Identity in the New TestamentA comprehensive handbook on the construction of social identity in the New Testament. Major methodology is "social identity theory" and approaches to it (social memory, media, etc.). Highlights important NT passages for "Christian identity" in the ancient world. Online available.
A Companion to the New Testament by A. E. HarveyThis revised edition follows the NRSV to provide a running commentary on the NT in light of most recent scholarship. Little technical language, historical considerations with modern concerns. Online available.
The Blackwell Companion to Paul by Stephen WesterholmThe Blackwell Companion to Paul presents a distinctive dualfocus approach that encompasses both the historical Paul and thehistory of Paul's influence. In doing so, expert contributorssuccessfully address the interests of students of earlyChristianity and those of Christian theology. Offers a complete overview of the life, writings and legacy ofone of the key figures of Christianity The essays compass the major themes of Paul's life and work, aswell as his impact through the centuries on theology, Churchteaching, social beliefs, art, literature, and contemporaryintellectual thought Edited by one of the leading figures in the field of PaulineStudies The contributors include a range of world-renownedacademics
The Routledge Guidebook to the New Testament by Patrick GrayGeared towards helping modern-day readers to fully understand what the first-century authors were trying to say and how the first readers of the New Testament would have understood these ideas. Supports students in close analysis from a range of scholastic consensus positions. Treats contemporary reception and ongoing influence of NT. Further reading suggestions.