Revealing® the New Testament Highlights
- Students explore in a clearly organized framework
- The entire NRSV Bible is contextually hyperlinked to the body text for convenient reference. Can be read straight through on its own, as well.
- Cutting-edge multimedia technologies enliven the learning experience with narration, interactivity, and sound.
- Achievement Profile emphasizes progress and acts as a clearly organized table of contents and navigational hub
- Assistance Palette includes integrated Glossary, Bibliography, Search, Recent Pages, Review, and Help
- Try Its encourage analytic understanding of content
- Affordable student cost
- Instructors who adopt Revealing® the New Testament for class use receive access to the time-saving Thinking Strings Interactive Grade Book® at no charge
- Runs on the latest Macintosh® and Windows® computers
- Prompt and courteous technical support for both students and instructors
- Revealing® the New Testament 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 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 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.
Instructors who adopt Revealing® the New Testament receive no-cost access to the Interactive Grade Book® . This time-saving tool securely and automatically collects, compiles, and summarizes student achievement reports.
Thinking Strings® handles all technical support, allowing the instructor to concentrate on teaching, not technology.
Author: Stephen D. Moore, Ph.D. (Drew University)
About the author: Revealing® the New Testament
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
The New Testament is the foundational text of Christianity, the world’s most populous religion. As such, the New Testament requires informed, responsible engagement from Christians and non-Christians alike. Revealing® the New Testament is designed to equip students for such engagement by bringing the New Testament to life as a historically situated, theologically diverse, and ethically fraught text—or, rather, an anthology of early Christian texts, each with its own distinctive voice.
The thirteen modules (equivalent to textbook chapters) include the following texts and themes:
- Exploring the New Testament: What It Is and How to Read It
- The Gospel of Mark: A Secret Messiah
- The Synoptic Problem: Who Copied Whom?
- The Gospel of Matthew: Christian Judaism
- The Gospel of Luke: Elite Gospel of the Poor
- The Acts of the Apostles: To the Ends of the Earth
- The Gospel and Letters of John: What Was from the Beginning
- The Lives of Paul: “I have become all things to all people”
- The Letters of Paul: “My anxiety for all the churches”
- Paul, Women, Homosexuality: “Maintain the traditions handed on to you”
- The Pseudo-Pauline Letters: In the Name of the Apostle
- The General Letters: Specific Instructions for General Audiences
- The Book of Revelation: “I will show you what must take place”
This lively introduction engages each of the narratives and letters that make up the New Testament on its own terms. To each of these texts questions such as the following are addressed: What is its author attempting to communicate? What were the circumstances in response to which it was written? How does its image of Jesus differ from other images of Jesus found in the New Testament? What kinds of ethical issues and moral dilemmas does this ancient text throw up for contemporary readers who embrace values such as democracy or gender equality, values seemingly at odds with those enshrined in the text? More than most New Testament textbooks, this introduction foregrounds ethical and political issues, asking what kind of stance in relation to empire or government specific New Testament texts urge, what relationships between women and men they enjoin, and other such questions.
Above all, Revealing® the New Testament aims to be the most accessible introduction to the New Testament available. No prior knowledge whatsoever of the New Testament 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 New Testament scholarship.
As courseware, this digital textbook contains inbuilt resources than no print textbook or even 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 Gospel of Thomas and the Acts of Paul or Irenaeus’s Against Heresies and 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 review exercises distributed throughout each module make understanding and retention enjoyable activities for 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 also available as audio narration, a feature that optimizes the completion of “reading” assignments (they can be tackled while driving or even exercising) 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 is ideal for both distance learning and hybrid courses, but it is designed first and foremost for regular classroom use, whether 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 class time for interactive learning.