Revealing® the New Testament Letters: From Paul to Pseudo-Peter

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Revealing® the New Testament Letters Highlights

  • Students explore in a clearly organized framework
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  • Revealing®  the New Testament Letters: From Paul to Pseudo-Peter enriches each student’s learning experience. It is a flexible teaching and learning tool that can be used either as the principal class text or in conjunction with additional materials.


Revealing®  the New Testament Letters: From Paul to Pseudo-Peter is an easy fit for either distance learning courses or regular classroom use. With an engaging presentation that is proven to enhance independent learning, Revealing®  the New Testament Letters: From Paul to Pseudo-Peter frees up class time for the kind of learning that classrooms and distance learning teaching platforms provide best: student interaction, discussion, and the opportunity to address specific student needs and interests.

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Author: Stephen D. Moore, Ph.D. (Drew University)

About the author: Revealing® the New Testament Letters

Stephen D. Moore is Edmund S. Janes Professor of New Testament Studies in the Theological School and Graduate Division of Religion at Drew University, Madison, New Jersey. A native of Ireland, he received the Ph.D. in New Testament from the University of Dublin (Trinity College) long ago. He is the author or co-author, editor or co-editor of around two dozen books, including Literary Criticism and the Gospels: The Theoretical Challenge (Yale University Press, 1989); The Postmodern Bible (Yale University Press, 1995); God’s Gym: Divine Male Bodies of the Bible (Routledge, 1996); God’s Beauty Parlor: And Other Queer Spaces in and around the Bible (Stanford University Press, 2001); Empire and Apocalypse: Postcolonialism and the New Testament (Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2006); Mark and Method: New Approaches in Biblical Studies (with Janice Capel Anderson; Fortress Press, 2008, 2nd ed.); The Invention of the Biblical Scholar: A Critical Manifesto (with Yvonne Sherwood; Fortress Press, 2011); and Untold Tales from the Book of Revelation: Sex and Gender, Empire and Ecology (SBL Press, 2014). He has served on the editorial boards of many journals, including the Journal of Biblical Literature. He has been learning from teaching the New Testament for more than thirty years, and his most treasured professional achievements are the teaching awards he has won.

Revealing®  the New Testament Letters: From Paul to Pseudo-Peter

More than anything else, the New Testament is a collection of letters: twenty-two of the twenty-seven books are ancient letters. They include letters written by the apostle Paul to specific local congregations or individuals; letters written in the name of Paul, long after his death, to less determinate audiences; letters written by, or in the name of, another prominent apostle (Peter) and brothers of Jesus (James and Jude); as well as anonymous letters (Hebrews and the Johannine epistles). Revealing® the New Testament Letters is designed to equip students to engage appreciatively, knowledgeably, and critically with each of these ancient letters, understanding its original purpose, its theological message, and its ethical prescriptions. The process whereby these letters were canonized is explained in full, as is the concept of pseudonymity and its prevalence in the ancient world. Paul’s life is reconstructed, and current scholarly approaches to his letters are surveyed. And as each New Testament letter is analyzed, any ethical conundrums it throws up for contemporary readers who embrace such values as democracy or gender equality are identified and discussed.

The twelve modules (equivalent to textbook chapters) include the following texts and themes:

  • The Letters & the Canon: What the New Testament letters are and why we still read them today
  • Lives of Paul: “I have become all things to all people”
  • Paul & (Anti-)Judaism: Old and New Perspectives on Paul
  • The Troubleshooting Apostle: 1 Thessalonians, 1 Corinthians, and 2 Corinthians
  • The Gospel According to Paul: Galatians and Romans
  • Letters from Prison: Philippians and Philemon
  • Paul, Women, & Homosexuality: “Maintain the traditions handed on to you”
  • In the Name of the Apostle 1: 2 Thessalonians, Colossians, and Ephesians
  • In the Name of the Apostle 2: 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, and Titus
  • Two Jewish-Christian Homilies: Hebrews and James
  • Letters of a Divided Community: 1 John, 2 John, and 3 John
  • On the Empire & the Eschaton: 1 Peter, Jude, and 2 Peter

Revealing® the New Testament Letters aims to be the most accessible introduction to these ancient, often obscure letters available. No prior knowledge whatsoever of the letters, or of the New Testament in general, is presupposed, nor is any familiarity with Christian church life and the biblical knowledge it generates through osmosis. But this introduction does not patronize the student either. He or she is not required to accept on the authority of the author any position on any important textual matter independently of the evidence or reasoning that has led to it. The evidence and the arguments are clearly and meticulously laid out for the student throughout, enabling him or her to draw different conclusions or construct alternative explanations should s/he wish. Ultimately, this introduction is designed to equip the student to become an informed participant in the vigorous, consequential, open-ended debate that is critical scholarship on the foundational texts of Christianity.

As courseware, in addition to the text content, which is as robust as that of traditional textbooks, Revealing® the New Testament Letters contains integrated resources than no print textbook or e-textbook can match. Each biblical chapter-and-verse reference is linked to the text of the New Revised Standard Version, the English translation most biblical scholars prefer. Reading the primary source material thereby becomes an altogether more inviting experience for the student than having to trawl through a print biblical text separate from the textbook. Even extracanonical sources, such as the letters of Ignatius of Antioch, the Letter of Barnabas, Irenaeus’s Against Heresies, or Eusebius’s Church History, are linked to the text when they are referenced. Each technical or potentially unfamiliar term in the text is linked to a glossary definition, another feature that makes this introduction uniquely accessible.

Creatively designed activities distributed throughout each module facilitate understanding and retention by the student. Over a thousand images from ancient material culture and the history of biblical reception are also available to the reader, one image for every paragraph of text, a ratio unmatched in any e-book introduction to the New Testament. The entire text is narrated, a feature that optimizes the completion of “reading” assignments and is also a significant asset for students who are learning-challenged by conventional textbooks or quickly become bored when reading them. Revealing® the New Testament Letters is ideal for any teaching environment (traditional classroom, distance learning, and hybrid courses). It is designed for use as a stand-alone resource or in conjunction with traditional print resources. It imparts the basics of New Testament study engagingly and accessibly, freeing up your class time for the kind of teaching and discussion that only you can provide..