The Cradle, the Cross, and the Crown

An Introduction to the New Testament by Koestenberger, Andreas J.; Kellum, L. Scott; Quarles, Charles I.


“Among available New Testament introductions for theological students this one stands out for meticulously thorough coverage, bibliographical fullness, attention to canonical issues, juicy pastoral reflections, and lashings of masterful common sense. I recommend it highly, as a leader in its field.”

– J. I. Packer, Professor of Theology, Regent College, Vancouver, BC

“I am a huge Köstenberger fan and rejoice in this latest resource which is a great gift to anyone who loves the New Testament.”

– Mark Driscoll, Pastor of Mars Hill Church, President of the Acts 29 Church Planting Network, President of Resurgence.

“The Cradle, the Cross, and the Crown is an outstanding introduction to the New Testament, which should be warmly welcomed not only by teachers and students but by anyone desiring an up-to-date, comprehensive, judicious survey of the historical, literary, and theological context of the New Testament. Among the user-friendly features of this volume are clear objectives for different levels of study, helpful review questions, recommended reading lists, numerous sidebars, and an extensive glossary. I expect to turn to this volume and recommend it to others for years to come.”

– Justin Taylor, Managing Editor of the ESV Study Bible, blogger (“Between Two Worlds”)

“Simply an outstanding work. Its up-to-date research alone makes The Cradle, the Cross, and the Crown an invaluable resource. Add to this its comprehensive survey of the crucial issues related to New Testament studies, and you have a textbook well suited for the college or seminary classroom.”

– Daniel L. Akin, president, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, NC

“Among the finest such studies of recent decades in classic matters of New Testament introduction. What sets it apart includes:

1. attention to theology and the history of interpretation;

2. extended presentation of the history of New Testament times and the rise of the canon;

3. appropriate rigor;

4. frequently creative layout features;

5. conceptual clarity.

Beyond an impressive digest of scholarship, it is an appeal to faithful appropriation of the New Testament’s message.”

– Robert W. Yarbrough, professor of New Testament and department chair, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, IL

“Clear, thorough, up to date, and engaging all the contemporary alternatives people are putting forward . . . discerning and judicious. Well done and highly recommended.”

– Darrell L. Bock, research professor of New Testament, Dallas Theological Seminary, Dallas, TX

“The Cradle, the Cross, and the Crown sets a new standard for excellence among textbooks dealing with New Testament introduction (and) offers a veritable gold mine of information often found only in several texts. A distinctively unique textbook that displays not only careful and balanced scholarship, but is lucidly written and Òuser friendly.”

– Richard D. Patterson, emeritus professor, Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA


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