Let’s be honest: most New Testament introductions possess covers that are too far apart. For college students and lay people, these mammoth “introductions” can become a swamp in which certain readers find it difficult to slog. In recognition of this fact, three New Testament scholars—Andreas J. Kostenberger (SEBTS), L. Scott Kellum (SEBTS), and Charles Quarles (Louisiana College)—have provided a concise introduction to New Testament: The Lion and The Lamb: New Testament Essentials from The Cradle, the Cross, and the Crown (B&H 2012). And here’s a tip: whenever you come across a book written by three scholars as bright and articulate as these, you’ll want to pull out your wallet and buy it immediately.
The best way to summarize this book and its contribution is to let the authors do so for themselves. Hence, in the preface they state:
“The Lion and the Lamb represents an abridgment of The Cradle, the Cross, and the Crown. At almost 1,000 pages, the full NT introduction contains not only basic information but also intermediate and advanced knowledge. The Lion and the Lamb, by contrast focuses on introductory-level core knowledge for each book of the NT. . . . discussions of critical challenges to a book’s traditional authorship, treatments of literary arrangement . . . and similarly advanced types of material have been omitted. . . . A completely new feature of the The Lion and The Lamb is the application points, which are provided to suggest possible ways in which you may apply the teaching of a particular book to your life and to the life of the people in your congregation” (p. xvi).
The Lion and the Lamb, then, will make an excellent introduction to the New Testament for college students, church leaders, and lay persons alike. The devotional thrust and goal toward application makes this book an introduction to faith working itself out through love of God and his word.
Andreas J. Köstenberger is senior professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology at Southeastern. L. Scott Kellum is associate professor of New Testament and Greek at Southeastern. Charles Quarles is Vice President of Faith and Learning, Dean of the Caskey School of Divinity, and Research Professor of New Testament and Greek at Louisiana College. Grant Taylor, PhD student in Biblical Theology at Southeastern, assisted with the abridgment.