Reading the New Testament for the First Time

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The purpose of this book is to introduce the New Testament to those who have never read it. Ronald Allen offers a truly elementary guide to the New Testament's world, its story, and its message. Reading the New Testament for the First Time walks readers through the New Testament, covering key topics like these: how to find one's way around the New Testament; how and when the New Testament was written; important characters like Jesus, Paul, and the twelve disciples; big ideas found in the New Testament such as ...
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Overview

The purpose of this book is to introduce the New Testament to those who have never read it. Ronald Allen offers a truly elementary guide to the New Testament's world, its story, and its message. Reading the New Testament for the First Time walks readers through the New Testament, covering key topics like these: how to find one's way around the New Testament; how and when the New Testament was written; important characters like Jesus, Paul, and the twelve disciples; big ideas found in the New Testament such as love, righteousness, and the realm of God how to apply the New Testament to our lives today and much more!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802867353
  • Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 6/28/2012
  • Pages: 216
  • Sales rank: 809,041
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

RONALD J. ALLEN is professor of preaching and New Testament at Christian Theological Seminary, Indianapolis, where he has taught since 1982. He is the author of almost forty books, including the popular lay study guide A Faith of Your Own: Naming What You Really Believe.
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Table of Contents

Introduction vii

1 What Will I Find When I Open the Bible? 1

2 The World of the New Testament 17

3 The Content of the New Testament: Two Mini-Surveys 37

4 The Story of Jesus 55

5 The Early Church before Paul 67

6 Paul: Apostle to the Gentiles 81

7 The Letters of Paul 93

8 The Four Gospels 105

9 The Letters of Paul's Disciples (?) 119

10 Other New Testament Writings 129

11 Some Big Ideas in and around the New Testament 141

12 Some of the Most Famous Passages in the New Testament 153

13 Using the New Testament in the Church Today 167

Appendix A Choosing a Translation of the New Testament 179

Appendix B Resources for Further Study 182

Appendix c Three Plans for Reading through the Entire New Testament 186

Appendix D The Names "Old Testament" and "New Testament" 201

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