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I grew up with the Marvel comics and loved Thor, the entire Norse mythos fascinated me, I even got a mate to call his dog Loki (hey, he was mischievous). This delves into the back story about how the brothers were raised, how they turned into the gods that they are, and offers a fascinating glimpse into their relationship, both with themselves and their father, Odin. I know, starts to sound like a soap opera , but life is often such, and a lot of stories reflect this. This is well formatted for the Kindle Fire and a thoroughly enjoyable read.
This is a beautifully laid out and illustrated book of the history of Loki and Thor, focused mainly on Loki as a point of view is the Marvel ver so if you are a mythology fan this isn't accurate, but if you wish to see a condensed ver of Marvel's history between the two this is the ultimate book for you.
The visuals in this comic are absolutely stunning. The painted style of the art is unique. I found myself taking ages just to admire every page. The story is fantastic, and takes a lot of unexpected turns. I come back to this one over and over.
If you are a fan of Loki at all, you owe it to yourself to read this story. Even if it might twist a knife in your heart at points. The story flows well, and this is arguably the best series Esad Ribic has ever painted pages for.
Shipping was fast, and in amazing condition. It is absolutly perfect. I recommend it to anyone who loves Loki and likes to know more about who he is as a character. It's a lot to process at first, but really a amazing story. And the artwork is breath taking!
Very illuminating. I wanted to obtain on here and recommend this book a year after I read it because I hold telling people about it. Context is SO necessary and that is lost in the method our Fresh Testaments are arranged. This book is a very simple & fast but important read to really understand what is going on in the NT. I would go so far as to say that this book would create you a general scholar in the zone of Biblical Study and culture of the Fresh Testament in the time it takes you to read it. This coming from a former paid youth pastor and worship leader...it really is that good! My largest surprise? I was actually sad that I'd reached the end of the book, it was so enlightening and expanded even my knowledge and understanding that I wanted to hold reading and hold learning. Would love if Frank decided to do one for the Old Testament riously tho, obtain this book. Should be compulsory for all believers due to its ability to hold us focused on the context rather then extracting verses out of context. I had several "A-Ha" moments reading this book, and things I've always kinda read into passages not having the proper background understanding. It created me feel closer to God. And THAT is ALWAYS a amazing thing, or shall I say, a GOD thing!
I am glad I read this book. It really place the Fresh Testament books into historical sequence for me. If fact, I marked my Bible with the dates of the writing of each book. Part of the project was to read the books of the Fresh Testament in order. It helped me see how the early church developed as the apostles wrote and did their mission trips. One particular fact I will not forget is that Nero did not begin his persecution of the church until eight years after the book of Romans was written. That is of particular value since a lot of comment that Romans was written in light of ongoing persecution by Nero. Not so. Anyone interested in church history, which should be most any believer, would search this book useful. I recommend it.
This book tries to be a history of the Fresh Testament Church, but, in my opinion it falls short. Some parts rely on traditions while presenting them as if they are established fact. The end notes briefly mention the use of tradition but a lot of readers would probably miss this and be misled. While different heresies are mentioned, there is small discussion of theology and practices of the Guest Century Church. For example, Nov mentioned is created of fact that Baptism was always by immersion. The word used literally means to dip, plunge or immerse. Also, I don't think enough was said about the Lord's Supper. This was a very necessary part of the early Church worship services. I felt this was more of a recitation of (mainly Paul's) travels. There is a lot of amazing info in this book but, for me, it falls short of showing what the First Century Church was really like.
I have been a catholic all my life and as a Catholic am sad to say I was not very well versed in Biblical knowledge. At best I know the basics we had a bible in my house that collected dust on the shelf. I may have picked it up twice in growing up and could not create heads or tails of the do'eth and don'teth and thou'eth and thee'eth. But I attended Sunday school(CCD) till 9th grade and that was the end of my religious education as most Catholics do if that. Confirmation is graduation and as long as you attend mass, past the envelope hit the confessional once a year...they'll save you a spot in God's kingdom beautiful sad. Since then I have dabbled in reading the Bible for the latest 16 yrs. reading bits and pieces of certain books and epistles in their entirety. It said a lot of unbelievable things, inspired things but tying it all together and making any kind of sense of it all is not really possible. There are so a lot of things to hold in mind when reading something that is thousand of years old and has the history this manuscript has. To "go shopping" through this document cannot possibly give you any sense of the notice the people who wrote this book were trying to convey. It is the complete notice that the book is the sum of that is where all the richness and history that this book contains. In just reading the book with no afterthought as to who wrote what and why and who it was written to and under what circumstances etc. it is like looking at the surface of a lake and never sticking your head under the water to awesome globe beneath. Mr. Violas book for me was like I had never read the Fresh Testment before. His tutorial was like opening the shades, the door and sunroof to a dark room. I could not place this book down or the Bible that went along with it. It was an "Epiphany" a quantun leap in understanding a religion I thought I was fairly familiar with and left me hungering for more. I have for quite sometime been seeking the truth of God's notice undiluted by "The Church" who I am afraid to say has done more to move people away from Jesus than to bring closer than. You realize how much cloak and dagger and undermining the early Church went through and how they were attacked from within and without but unless you understand its history and its effort to hold the Jesus notice real to its source and what it had to contend with, you really cannot grasp what your faith is all about. I would agree with every positive review that has been posted about this book they are all factual and true. The only thing I would reccommend in getting this book is having a Bible that is written in language you are comfortable with and can grasp. I have found the Catholic Living Bible the easiest Bible to understand. Mine does not have a concordance but I have an NIV that does that I referred to as I read and took notes. I finished reading it on the 1st of the year but will be re-reading it again right away. Anyone who has any desire of understanding God's amazing plan should spend whatever cash important to purchase this book...it opened my eyes and heart. Thank you and bless you Mr. Viola hold up the amazing work.
After reading the book, "Pagan Christianity," and seeing the meticulous research and documentation that went into it, I assumed that "The Untold Story" would follow in the same type of thoughtful research. Unfortunately, that is not the case. As I read through this book, I found that much of what Frank Viola states as "fact" is small more than supposition. What is a bit disturbing is that his "documentation" often amounts to small more than an opinion piece, rather than historical or Biblical referencing. Although some of the historical notes were quite interesting and helpful, there are too a lot of portions of this book that are based more on supposition, unfounded assumptions, creative narrative, or imaginative reasoning than are supported by Scripture or historical documentation.
Having read several books on Pauls missionary travels, this book gives you far more insight and just enough info as to how he and his other apostolic workers went about preaching the gospel, planting and cultivating churches. Throughout, he makes a powerful biblical case that we can do the same today as apostolic workers if we will follow the same pattern instead of mimicing the denominations out there today.I highly recommend this book if you have always wanted to know (like I have), how Paul could plant a church and in most cases leave after 3 to 5 months and not return for a year or two, without appointing a preacher / "pastor" or elders or any leader(s) at all and have the fledgling church not only survive but thrive! Well, here's a amazing answer...it's simply Jesus. But how Viola explains it is what finially created it "click" for me. Thank you....after years of reading "how to" books on church planting, this one makes it easy and it doesn't take an inspired apostle to do it or a king-size personality or a huge bank acc and realistate. It reqires commentment to Jesus and allowing the Spirit to tutorial you. That's it....Now read.
The book does what it claims, in putting the happenings and NT books in the order they happened rather than what we generally read in the Bible. In general, he organizes texts well enough that it provides amazing explanations. So far as readings of the texts, he refers to the various books of the Bible to read at different points. That is a distraction.I would like to see a book taking this order, and putting it into a stand alone story of the best ideas of how things really happened, at what time, and what were the most consequential events. Other than getting things in the proper order, this book does not add to the understanding.But it is still very worthwhile. I expect that there are books out there that would take the life of Paul, and several of the other early apostles, and bring it all into a readable story.
Frank Viola has produced a masterpiece with the Untold Story of the Fresh Testament. Reading the bible " narratively" is so edifying and revelatory. Viola has "creatively" but " biblically faithfullly" given us the Fresh Testament in a chronological format that brings the story to life right before your eyes!! This is why this book is a masterpiece and why I give it five stars!!
This is a really amazing book with the Fresh Testament in chronological order. It's interesting to see how the Fresh Testament was written!! I also ordered "The Fresh Testament Translated from the original" with this book so I can go back and forth and read the books in the sequence they were written. It has been really nice to read the Fresh Testament again!!
I consider myself an smart person and well informed in regards to resources about the bible having gone to bible college and seminary, but I did not realize how a lot of missing pieces there were to my portrait of the establishment of the Fresh Testament church until I read this book. The untold story unravels all the knots that our disjointed and non-linear study and reading creates. I especially appreciated the smooth flow of the chronology, the summarization for ease of reading, and the detailed footnotes for verification. Frank Viola pulls out colors like a masterful artist and those colors are people that built the foundation of the church who have been hidden by the overemphasis of the super apostle status of Paul. His sharper focus sections explain the setting in life, circumstances and culture of the day. This book is for every serious bible student and will revitalize your understanding of the church and its mission.
NOW Old Testament BookmarksFor those who would rather have the names of the books instead of the generic part 1,2,3... labels, here is the information you so you can rt 1: GenesisPart 2: ExodusPart 3 :LeviticusPart 4: NumbersPart 5: DeuteronomyPart 6:Chapter 01: Book of Joshua, BeginsChapter 25: Book of Judges, BeginsChapter 46: Book of Ruth, BeginsPart 7:Chapter 01: Book of 1 Samuel, BeginsChapter 32: Book of 2 Samuel, BeginsPart 8:Chapter 01: Book of 1 Kings, BeginsChapter 23: Book of 2 Kings, BeginsPart 9:Chapter 01: Book of 1 Chronicles, BeginsChapter 30: Book of 2 Chronicles, BeginsPart 10:Chapter 01: Book of Ezra, BeginsChapter 11: Book of Nehemiah, BeginsChapter 24: Book of Esther, BeginsPart 11: JobPart 12: Psalms (Part 1)Part 13: Psalms (Part 2)Part 14:Chapter 01: Book of Proverbs, BeginsChapter 32: Book of Ecclesiastes, BeginsChapter 44: Book of Song of Solomon, BeginsPart 15: IsaiahPart 16: JeremiahPart 17:Chapter 01: Book of Lamentations, BeginsChapter 06: Book of Ezekiel, BeginsPart 18:Chapter 01: Book of Daniel, BeginsChapter 13: Book of Hosea, BeginsChapter 27: Book of Joel, BeginsChapter 30: Book of Amos, BeginsChapter 39: Book of Obadiah, BeginsChapter 40: Book of Jonah, BeginsChapter 44: Book of Micah, BeginsPart 19:Chapter 01: Book of Nahum, BeginsChapter 04: Book of Habakkuk, BeginsChapter 07: Book of Zephaniah, BeginsChapter 10: Book of Haggai, BeginsChapter 12: Book of Zechariah, BeginsChapter 26: Book of Malachi, Begins
I just listened to this while traveling through Utah’s national parks. It was an awesome experience and this was a phenomenally week done reading of the Bible. I’m glad I have this.
This keeps on blessing me and blessing me. I sometimes stop while I’m reading to go and listen to the scripture so I can have a second reading. It really helps tp illustrate the context, not just a particular verse. I message when I listen I may got through several chapters where when reading I may have not gotten as far before having to stop and look something up. This is also amazing to listen to when I have long commutes. I listen to what I’m currently studying to layer that concept into my mind.
I absolutely LOVE this audible ver of the bible! There is so much "passion & intensity" in the voices of the readers! The sound effects ranges from subtle to dramatic! Word for word, no substitution from the written word. Even my teens enjoys listening to this version! I've purchased it and given it as a bonus to my mates and family. And they all love it.
I was very satisfied with this CD set until today when I discovered it's missing the ENTIRE book of Proverbs! I'm in the process of figuring out how to obtain this corrected by ChristianAudio. So hopefully, they will do the right thing and replace or send me audio files for Proverbs.Otherwise this is a amazing no frills audio book of the Bible. The narrator has a pleasant voice and I'm satisfied just to place it on and just allow the words flow out the speakers. I didn't need popular actors or a dramatic presentation although that's ok, too. If you just wish to hear the Bible read to you in plain english and no melody or dramatics, this is for you.
I was utterly disappointed when the third disc towards the very end (on the latest chapter) came to an abrupt halt and then about 15 seconds later picked at a various point in that chapter. The following CDs had hesitating points but not to the skipping of text as it did in the third CD. I called Amazon about this and they were gracious enough to send me another set with a RMA to return the defective unit. When the fresh set came in, I immediately went to the third CD and played chapter 17 which was Exodus Chapter 3 and when it came to the same point, it came to an abrupt halt and picked up at the same point as it did in the previous set. I called Amazon back and they had me to return both the sets back to them and refunded my purchase. In my opinion, I think this was not a copying error but rather a recording one. I would highly caution anyone who is wanting to purchase this, that you create sure you check that spot the third CD. Customer service was excellent.
I love my Holy Bible In Audio. I have visual issues to the point that I can't read primary print without some kind of visual aid. Even corrective lenses don't help. So, I bought the audio Bible in King James Version. Obviously, the one setback is that you can't just begin the book and go to a particular section. Then again, if you have eyesight troubles, I doubt you could anyway. It's a amazing method for visually impaired/blind individuals to have fun the Bible. Or if you just wish to sit and listen while relaxing as I do. I bought mine in MP3 format. The only issue I have is remembering what Track I left off on. Then again, who cares, I just begin off where I think I left off and go from there. I can personally recommend this product. I just have fun listening to the Biblenow and again.
I purchased these cds for my father in law and he loves them! His eyes are poor so he cant see the words in the bible to read it, so he loves being able to pick what section he wants to listen to and they read the bible to him. The price was amazing compared to others that I found online and in stores!
The CD's will not play properly. I have tried them on an older CD player and on a fresh CD player. They will play for a short while and then they skip over several mins of play or else they will freeze up and quit working. I have tried several CD's and they are all the same. Before I bought them, I read several reviews that told about related issues other people had had with the CD's. I decided to go ahead and obtain them thinking that if they didn't work, I would return them. I bought these as a Christmas bonus for my 93 year old mother-in-law who lives in Texas and unfortunately, before she could begin them and attempt to play them, the 30 day return time ran out. I and numerous grandsons have attempted to play them on several various players and the same issues occur for everyone. Since this is a known problem, I think Amazon should replace them regardless of the length of time. 3/29/16 UPDATE: Amazon has refunded my payment. I give Amazon 5 stars for how they have taken ownership of this problem. I still give the product ZERO stars. I have placed an order for: the Holy Bible (King James Version) read by Scourby, Alexander. It cost more, but hopefully it will work!
Perfect companion for long street trips. After listening to Sherberg, I initially had problem listening and following the narrative read by James Earl Jones. Then I changed my thoughts. This is Jesus speaking to me. With that thought, I could understand, and have fun every word as spoken by James Earl Jones. Both narrators are outstanding, and they cover the bible nearly word for word. The quality of the product is excellent. I have not had a single flaw pop-up.
I love this. I listen to it all the time it was very economical. Compared to others.. I give it 5 stars... It took me about 6 days to go to the Fresh Testament. Then I started the Old Testament and absolutely love it the Old Testament. The Old Testament is 3 times larger than the Fresh Testament and you realize that when you begin listening to these CD.. The Old Testament would be next to impossible to hold interested in reading it.. But when you listen to it on CD its probably the best of all three spiritual books written. If there's a question that's unanswered in the Fresh Testament or the Book of Mormon you will search the respond in the Old Testament.. The wisdom and road smart, that a person can gain from the Old Testament is unsurpassed. : )
Info in the audible ver is not vetted properly. Examples:1) Exodus: Passover lamb is 14 months. Incorrect should be 12 months.2) Exodus: Israelites wandered 43 years. Incorrect, it was 40.2) Exodus: Moses was 40 years old and Aaron was 43. Incorrect: Moses was 80 and Aaron is gives concern.
This bible is the best. It is king james ver which is one of the closet to the most accurate of bible versions. James earl Jones voice narrates most of it and when he reads its very soothing to hear. I listen to this at night and in the vehicle or cleaning the house. Its amazing when we can not sit down to read the bible. I highly recommend this set.
The book was typical Grisham in that it was easy-to-read and simple to follow. The juxtaposition of the Bolivian jungles and American courtrooms was well e only issue I had was the fact that there was nobody to really like in this book. The old geezer who died was a schmuck. His children are morons. His Grandchildrens are ingrates and slugs. His attorney is a decent guy but he's… An e character of the story, if that's what he is, is a drunk. Two wives two divorces four children and not a lot of redeeming e woman in the jungle was a amazing person but she turns it down $11 e book dragged a bit in the first sequence in the jungle. More info than I needed. But the pace picked up nicely in the final third of the book.Enjoyable.
Somehow I've never noticed this novel and so I bought it and literally couldn't place it down. Grisham takes the reader to a fresh level of suspense in settling an estate involving ruthless family members, lawyers and a burned out alcoholic protagonist that will break and lift your heart and leave you with fresh levels of understanding and hope for this devastating disease. The backdrop is in the rain forest of south america and you will absolutely feel like you are there experiencing his life changing experience. Grisham takes on a fresh method of involving the reader in religion with a missionary in the remotest region of the rain forest. She will leave you understanding the real meaning of "Do unto others as you would have others do unto you" with her way of spreading God's real words of love and Empathy. Five stars for certain *****
This is not your usual John Grisham novel, even though ti involves a surprise bequest, and the find for the "lost" recipient, with opposition from people who thought they would inherit the very huge estate. The main hero searches through wet, alligator-infested swamp land to search a young woman who does not wish to be found. Tantalizing tales about why this situation exists create it all hang together. It's the setting that makes this a very interesting, readable book. I recommend it!
The odd man out among John Grisham's adult legal thrillers, yet for all that one of my favorites. An idiosyncratic Virginia billionaire dies, leaving a handmade (holographic) will that bypasses his heirs and settles his considerable estate on a young Brazilian missionary. Not set in the American South but in the "Pantanal" region of Central Brazil, which is a kind of seasonally flooded wetland, not a jungle. I enjoyed the change of stage despite, at times, the fact that Grisham was obviously including "travelogue" material for the benefit of the ignorant like me. The fresh paperback keeps this novel alive and affordable.
This is the best book ever. I immediately shared it with my brother & his wife as my brother had been to the exact same locations our character went on down the Amazon River. My brother even contracted the same disease as our hero, and almost died also. This book is so amazing that I buy used copies & send them to soldiers overseas as it is a book that is so intriguing & entertaining, as well as hero development. The Painted House & The Latest Juror as also my favorites by Grisham. I send those overseas also. Grisham is the best writer in America.
One of Grisham's older books that I hadn't read, but what a amazing one. This is the the story of a billionaire who dies and leaves $11 behind and there is a mysterious illegitimate daughter to be found that no one has ever heard of. Of course, the greedy family doesn't wish to share any of the money, but they have to search her in the deep hallows od South America as a missionary. Certainly, a page turner. Enjoy!! 😊
I've read a few of Grisham's novels and for the most part, I enjoyed them. This one seemed a change of pace. It asked more questions than it answered. Is it moral to refuse cash that can be used to support others? Judas posed a related question when he criticized Jesus for accepting a bonus when the cash could have helped the poor. Can the hurt caused by a neglected childhood and too much cash excuse a wasted life? What does it mean to devote your life to people who reject your beliefs and barely tolerate your presence? A lawyer who is a recovering alcoholic makes a perilous journey through the Amazon jungle to search a woman. She's a missionary doctor and sole heir to large fortune courtesy of her father, someone she barely knew. Unaware of her existence and their disinheritance, her half siblings squabble over who gets the most. I can't say that I cared much about any of these characters. The lawyer is perhaps the most sympathetic, but not nearly as appealing as The Client, where Reggie, the alcoholic attorney, protects a young boy witness in hiding. Mourning the loss of her children, Reggie's resourcefulness and warmth created me invested in the to The Testament, I did like learning more about the Amazon--its geography, history and about the people who call it home. The tactics employed and cash charged by lawyers who do war in courts dealing with the dispersals of huge fortunes was beside the point for me. Nate's religious turn was too quick. I'm not saying people don't have life-changing epiphanies, but I wasn't convinced.
I think this book is one of John Grishams finest. Very meaningful, and some finely drawn contrasts are created between characters: in the novel we see those who seem to live for things that will have eternal valuel even though they are not good by the world's standards. We see other characters who have seemingly attained every criteria for success and yet they are wretched and miserable. In this novel John Grisham seems to invite us to re-evaluate our criteria for human worth and success.
I listened to the book on Audible. The experience was great. I am legally blind so it's getting difficult to read even on an especially huge monitor. The Testament is indeed quite a Testament. A very strange will, with greedy family members being left out and the estate naming a unknown illegitimate daughter as the only beneficiary begins the book. Thus the legal wars and the adventure begins for Nate an alcoholic lawyer who goes looking for Rachel, the daughter serving God in remote jungle in Brazil or Bolivia. Nate is the unlikely character but Rachel unbelievable inspiration for the reader (listener) and Nate. In fact she may become even more to Nate.I feel that Grisham place more of his soul and writing ability in this book than one's written in latest years.
The author is well versed in this topic and comes at it from a secular scholar's perspective, which is clear from the cover and introduction. Those wanting a faith-based overview may wish to check out William Barclay's works or Tom Wright. But for an scholarly overview, this is great.
He definitely does not believe that the Bible is real and clearly shows how biased he is versus its authenticity. My contention is not with his disbelief, but as an educator he absolutely fails to show the Fresh Testament in an unbiased light. He in fact goes to amazing length to discredit its authenticity and does not equally show the theistic side of the argument. I would contain him with the likes of the Jesus seminar scholars.
Bart Ehrman's presents nothing but objective analysis of historical, verifiable facts in conjunction with analysis of verified texts of early Christianity. A unbelievable primer on the Fresh Testament. Impress your friends! Shut down your loudmouth uncle who never actually read it!
Ehrman presents a cogent argument for a deeper penetration in understanding the cultural dynamics of Fresh Testament scripture with a keen eye on the person and iconic view of Jesus of Nazareth. The reader will be challenged by the deeper insights of the Fresh Testament offered by this biblical scholar with appreciation of his decades of work in NT Greek. This volume will begin vistas of appreciation and understanding not available from others steeped in biblical tradition.
Biblical and broad, but could be more brief. This work does a amazing job of introducing the a lot of theories, challenges, and issues of NT scholarship (authors, dates, textual problems, canonicity, etc.). Sometimes, too much detail is given for the introduction-style approach of the book (especially the a lot of possible interpolations of the texts to Corinth). More time could be spent on interpretative problems, but the authors decided to focus their attentions elsewhere. Generally, the authors do give a well-reasoned opinion on each issue at the conclusions of the different sections (e.g., "...in our opinion the earlier date for the writing of this book is preferred, but...").Overall, the authors are fair, biblical, and logical, making this a worthwhile book for a serious student and far superior to other, more liberal introductions. If you learn to skim the wordy sections, you'll benefit from this book.
D.A. Carson and Douglas Moo join together to write this introductory text to the Fresh Testament. The authors take a book-by-book approach to breaking down the Fresh Testament. Each chapter is a stand-alone study of a book or books of the Bible.Every chapter examines a particular book based on content, author, audience, date written, reason for the book, adoption into canon, latest studies, contribution and more. The authors create an in-depth examination of each book. They investigate and analyze each letter methodically. Carson and Moo do a balanced job and contain the major dissenting opinions and the views of detractors.While the bulk of the book is theological in nature it contains scrutiny from historical, sociological, linguistic, and anthropological perspectives. The authors are brilliant at contextualizing the writers, recipients and settings for the original letters. There is a detailed picture painted explaining why each letter was on and Moo address historical and modern controversies within each letter. Liberal, conservative and outlandish viewpoints are represented. The authors critique the major positions and offer solid scrutiny to benefit the is book is written at an academic level, but it is certainly practical for casual readers. The high level analysis within this book lends itself nicely to both individual reading and group studies. The novice theologian and the scholar will search this as beneficial read. Without a doubt, this is a superb introductory overview of the books of the Fresh Testament.
This book is an perfect seminary-level introduction to the Fresh Testament that should also be very helpful to the serious lay Fresh Testament (NT) student. It starts with an introduction into NT studies, giving a short overview of the history of NT studies, and defines standard categories like historical, text, form and literary criticism. Other overview chapters that are interspersed at the appropriate points contain a chapter on the Synoptic Gospels, the Fresh Testament Letters, Paul, and the NT canon. The rest of the book goes through the biblical books according to the order found in the Fresh Testament, at least in the common English translations (my German Bible according to Luther has a slightly various order for the general epistles).Each chapter is divided in the following sections (depending on which book they are discussing): contents, author, provenance (i.e. where was it written) and date, addressees (whom was it written to), integrity, literary history, text, nature and genre, purpose, >in latest studies
In my opinion, this book deals mostly with the historical background and textual problems of the Fresh Testament, but doesn't obtain much into the theology and teaching of the Fresh Testament. It's kind of boring, dry and should have pictures. I enjoyed Robert Gundry's Survey of the Fresh Testament more.
If you are going to buy one scholarly introduction to the Fresh Testament, create it this one. Carson and Moo are extremely informative, and yet thoroughly Evangelical in their scholarship. They tour the reader through the problems of Fresh Testament scholarship, such as the Synoptic Problem, and explain the different views in an evenhanded manner, even when they do not disagree with them. The rest of the book goes through the Fresh Testament books one by one, and explains the problems that scholars argue other introduction to the Fresh Testament is as information-dense as this one, while still being relatively simple to read.
This is a amazing book that deals with each NT book individually. It's amazing in that it gives you a wide range of info about the book from author to recipient to culture to purpose, etc. Carson and Moo are obviously amazing scholars and this book is no different. It's accessible to anyone - you don't need to have a seminary degree to be able to use it, I'd recommend this book without reservation to any pastor, student, or just student of the word who wants to dig deeper!
This is a amazing resource for preparing sermons and outlines. The graphical and cultural history provided for each book gives a amazing backdrop for clearer understanding of what is written in God's Holy Word. Every teacher, evangelist, prophet, pastor, and apostle should have this in their library.