Andreas Köstenberger has unleashed an avalanche of books over the past decade, and none more significant than his recently released co-authored (with Scott Kellum and Chuck Quarles) introduction to the New Testament, The Cradle, The Cross, and The Crown (B&H, 2009).
Köstenberger, Kellum, and Quarles have given us a comprehensive introduction to the New Testament which not only matches the strengths of other evangelical introductory texts, but also provides several unique distinctive such as (1) a thorough introductory treatment of the New Testament canon, (2) a response to Harnack’s errant views on the closing of the canon, (3) a treatment of the nature and extent of inspiration, (4) provides a very helpful bibliography, and (5) offers powerpoints for classroom instructors who plan to use the book.
The Cradle, The Cross, and The Crown is highly recommended as a text which closes the gap between “Intro” and “Survey” treatments of the New Testament, and which is thoroughly evangelical and accessible.
For those readers interested in other books penned by Köstenberger, see, for example: God, Marriage and Family (Crossway); John (Baker); Encountering John (Baker); Salvation to the Ends of the Earth (IVP); Father, Son, and Spirit (IVP); The Missions of Jesus and the Disciples According to the Fourth Gospel (Eerdmans); Whatever Happened to Truth? (Crossway); Quo Vadis Evangelicalism? (Crossway)The Theology of John’s Gospel and Letters (Zondervan); The Heresy of Orthodoxy (Crossway); and Invitation to Biblical Interpretation (Kregel).