Review: The Cradle, the Cross, and the Crown (2nd ed.)

27777608The Cradle, the Cross, and the Crown: An Introduction to the New Testament by Andreas J. Köstenberger, L. Scott Kellum, and Charles L. Quarles has been a go-to resource in my study of the New Testament for over a year now. I can’t count the number of times this book has been off my shelf. It’s comprehensive, user-friendly, up-to-date, evenhandedly conservative, and so much more. Now, recently released in an updated and revised second edition, The Cradle, the Cross, and the Crown has further established itself as one of the best New Testament introductions on the market.

The second edition of The Cradle, the Cross, and the Crown retains everything the reader came to know and love about the first edition, including learning objectives for different levels of study, chapter review questions, recommended bibliographies, and more. What has changed is reflected in the addition of nearly 200 pages. The second edition has received significant updates to the bibliographies and footnotes, maps, charts, as well as the addition of interpretation sections to better facilitate understanding of the various literary genres in the New Testament. Also, there is now an epilogue to the book that is devoted to the storyline of Scripture—a welcome addition to an already complete introductory treatment of the New Testament.

One of the most appealing aspects of this volume is the intentionality with which the authors have sought to cultivate a balanced approach towards spiritual and intellectual growth. The authors not only immerse the reader into the intellectual dialog of New Testament studies, but they equally teach the reader how to interact with the New Testament and demonstrate how a properly understanding the New Testament (especially its placement and impact within the whole of the biblical narrative as shown in the epilogue of the second edition) refines the Christian life. There is no attempt among the authors to sidestep the difficult issues of New Testament studies, and there is likewise no desire to see the New Testament become a mere academic pursuit. This level of intentionality was certainly present in the first edition, but it is even more so representative in the second.

The Cradle, the Cross, and the Crown: An Introduction to the New Testament by Andreas J. Köstenberger, L. Scott Kellum, and Charles L. Quarles was an immediate standard when it was originally published in 2009. This second edition only builds upon the legacy of the first, and the outcome is deserving of much praise. I would make room (its big, so you will need to make a lot of room) for this volume whether you own the first edition or not. This is a New Testament introduction that deserves shelf space for any serious student of the New Testament. It comes highly recommended!!


I received a review copy of this book in exchange for and honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

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