Ben Witherington III’s New Testament History: A Narrative Account was reviewed back in 2003 by Goutzioudis Moschos, who writes:

New Testament documents emerged in the first century C.E. and are part of history, and without the exploration and understanding of their historical background there is no correct interpretation of their meaning. This is a general axiom that is further acknowledged in modern scholarship. The author begins by putting his narrative in an appropriate cultural context, and to do this takes the reader back beyond the time of Christ to the days of Alexander the Great and his immense hellenizing influence over the Middle East. Witherington covers the period from Alexander the Great through the Hasmoneans to the time of Christ and the end of the first century C.E.