Noncanonical Writings and New Testament Interpretation
Unfortunately, achieving even an elementary facility with this literature has in the past depended on either years of experience or a photographic memory. Now Craig A. Evans pulls together the essentials of date, language, text and translations, and general bibliography. He also evaluates the material's relevance for interpreting the NT. Six appendixes, including a list of quotations, allusions, and parallels to the NT, and a comparison of Jesus' parables with those of the rabbis, are designed to further save the interpreter hours of precious time.
This volume stands in line to become a standard text in NT courses, and its usefulness to anyone interested in seriously studying the NT will become readily apparent.
"The publication of Professor Evans's book is an event of first importance for advanced students of the New Testament everywhere, and particularly in North America. The persistent tendency of current fashionsÂ—which even our graduate departments fosterÂ—is to compare Jesus and his movement with only one sort or another of ancient literature. Programmatic bias is the inevitable result. Now we have a book which shows us plainly where a full range of cognate sources may be found, and how comparative analysis might proceed. On such a basis, balanced historical study becomes feasible."
Â—The Reverend Dr. Bruce Chilton, Bernard Iddings Bell Professor of Religion, Bard College