The World of the New Testament
by J. I. Packer,
Merrill C. Tenney,
William Jr. White
Paperback: 216 pages
Publisher: Thomas Nelson Publishers
Released: December 1, 1982
Source: Bought through Half.com.
Book Description, Modified from Back Cover:
The World of the New Testament discusses the historical, geographic, and political environment in which Christianity developed and grew. It draws upon the latest knowledge of archaeologists, historians, language specialists, and theologians.
The World of the New Testament is a Bible Handbook. The book was printed 33 years ago, and there are plenty of newer handbooks that cover similar information. But, since I just read this one, here's a quick review.
The handbook gave a brief overview of the events of the Old Testament and the Inter-testament Period. It described the political and religious groups mentioned in the gospels and gave information about how the Greek and Roman cultures influenced Jewish culture at the time of the New Testament. It briefly discussed the chronology for New Testament events. It talked about Paul's journeys and what tradition says happened to the 12 disciples.
The information is good, but it didn't strike me as so wonderful that I'd recommend you track down a copy instead of buying a newer Bible Handbook.
If you've read this book, what do you think about it? I'd be honored if you wrote your own opinion of the book in the comments.