Achtemeier, Green and Thompson begin in the first chapter by discussing what the New Testament is by stating that, “the New Testament is a collection of twenty-seven separate documents that, together with the Old Testament, has exercised such significant influence in the history of the world that its impact would be difficult to measure and hard to exaggerate” (Achtemeier, Green and Thompson 1). The writers posit that the intention of the book is to shed light on the New Testament from three different perspectives or angles. The first viewpoint discussed is from a literary angle, which the authors claim that “the choice of a particular genre, then establishes a kind of “covenant” on the part of the writer, a covenant that is shared when readers (or hearers) recognize the genre of work before them” (Achtemeier, Green and Thompson 5). Furthermore, Achtemeier, Green and Thompson contend that studying and interpreting the New Testament accurately requires readers to be aware of the historical character of the documents. The writers argue that, “one needs to know something about ancient religious, philosophical, and social movements and contexts mentioned in the New Testament” (Achtemeier, Green and Thompson 6). Consequently, the scholars posit that nature of the New Testament requires that we analyze its literary and historical features, however, the claim is made that the New Testament being Scripture requires its readers “to come openhanded to these texts, ready to be challenged and formed by them and thus to assume what the church at its best has assumed about the New Testament, will foster, rather than preclude, meaningful engagement with the New Testament” (Achtemeier, Green and Thompson 13).
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...opinion that may be contrary to the intended message of the biblical writer, which has the potential of being catastrophic. Furthermore, Introducing the New Testament: Its Literature and Theology, provided little information on the role the Holy Spirit played in the writing of the New Testament documents. The authors failed to mention whether books were written through inspiration or special revelation given to the writers of the biblical texts. This creates the potential for an individual who has not been exposed to Christian education or training, to develop the belief that the writers of New Testament formulated their thoughts through human intuition and wisdom, but in the 2 Timothy 3:16, the Apostle Paul postulates, that “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness” (NASB) .
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