Shelf Life Book Review: Seven Events That Shaped the New Testament World

Elliot Ritzema

Seven Events That Shaped the New Testament World
Baker Academic, 2013

Warren Carter has written a unique take on New Testament background studies. Instead of looking exhaustively at the complicated social and historical issues of the ancient world, he picks only seven events that contributed to creating the world in which the New Testament was written: the death of Alexander the Great, the translation of the Hebrew Scriptures into Greek, the rededication of the Jerusalem temple, the Roman occupation of Judaea, the crucifixion of Jesus, the writing of the New Testament texts and the process of closing the New Testament canon.

In each chapter, he describes the event and its impact on the ancient world. For the first four events, which took place before Jesus was born, he also answers the “so what?” question of how the event affected the earliest followers of Jesus.

Several black-and-white photos and maps help these events come to life. At just 162 pages, this concise book is ideal for those who want to learn more about the background of the New Testament but don’t have the time or energy to wade through a heavy textbook.

Article courtesy of Bible Study Magazine published by Faithlife Corporation. Originally published in print, Vol. 5 No. 5