Monday, September 26, 2016

Book Review: The Cradle, the Cross, and the Crown

The Bible is a unique book. It is separated by two testaments, the Old and the New, which tell one story. That story is God sending His Son, Jesus, to redeem us from our sins.

Out of the two testaments, the New Testament has been studied more than the Old Testament. There are various reasons why the New Testament is studied more often and many books have been written to help Christians understand it more. L. Scott Kellum, Andreas J. Kostenberger and Charles L. Quarles have written a book that can used in a classroom, seminary or Bible college, or for your own personal study that helps the reader grasp the message of the New Testament. The book is titled, The Cradle, the Cross, and the Crown.

The subtitle of the book, "An Introduction to the New Testament," gives the reader a basic idea of what this book is about, which is correct. This book introduces the reader to the theology of the New Testament as well as the historical background. The book begins with a simple overview of Scripture followed by the political and religious history during the New Testament period.

The book addresses Jesus's relationships to the four gospels followed by a comprehensive look at each gospel. After that, the book looks at the rest of the New Testament including a chapter on the Apostle Paul. The book concludes with how the New Testament is unified, telling the same story with the last chapter being on the entirety of Scripture.

This book is very lengthy and well worth having in your library including your pastor's library. This will be a great tool to use when studying the New Testament. I think this is will be worth the investment for seminaries and Bible colleges to get this in the hands of each student studying the New Testament.

Thanks B&H Publishing for letting me review this book.

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