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Kelly has written an immensely rich explanation of the New Testament. First, his style makes the material totally accessible to even the uninitiated. Second, he zeroes in on common misunderstandings and offers clear information on the cause of confusion and ways it can be avoided. In the process he explains the importance of scholarly examination of historical, cultural, linguistic, and doctrinal issues in interpreting Scripture for modern readers.
The style is lively and clear. The contents are well balanced, and the Gospels receive much attention due to their importance for Catholics. . . . fulfills the need for a gentle introduction to the NT for Catholics.
For Catholics wishing to get a general grasp of the N.T. this Introduction to the New Testament will prove to be an enjoyable read as well as an excellent introduction to some of the research that is possible and is happening.
. . . a handy little guide that introduces the nonprofessional reader to the contents of each of the books of the New Testament and some of the issues involved in understanding them.
Review of Biblical Literature
This valuable text is intended for students and general readers who want to put their Catholic identity in conversation with the contemporary understanding of the Bible. . . . Photographs, summaries, helpful outlines of each text, maps, suggestions for further reading, and a subject index all make this text a very useful tool for beginning NT students of any age.
Catholic Library World
Author Joseph F. Kelly, Ph.D., shows in his book that in looking in the New Testament, we find real people who are communicating to us over the centuries, sharing their faith, their beliefs, their hopes and their fears. In reading the book, readers will understand the precious heritage that it is and will make the heritage our own.
The reader—Catholic or otherwise—will find here a helpful and accessible introduction to the New Testament writings.
The Bible Today
With brevity and precision Dr. Kelly leads the reader through each book of the New Testament, striking the right balance between popular interest and responsible scholarship. He assists Catholics with such issues as Jesus' "brothers" and whether Mary is the Woman of the Apocalypse. But this book will enlighten any believer who wishes to appreciate how doctrine develops, how to deal with miracles and devils, or why the Christmas magi and shepherds never meet in the same gospel.