How to Read the New Testament

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How to Read the New Testament

Specifically geared to the adult learner, this guide to reading the New Testament captures the richness of Christian tradition and relates the teachings to everyday living.

Crossroad's "How to Read" and "How to Understand" books have been acclaimed as among the best introductory texts for either individual or group study. Ideal for adult Christian formation, each volume engages the adult learner, captures the richness of Christian tradition, and relates learning to everyday living.

Reviews and endorsements

“Beautifully illustrated . . . clearly written and . . . inspired . . . the best Catholic scholarship. ”
Our Sunday Visitor

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“A rare combination of scholarly material, presented in a readable, interesting and useful manner for the novice Scripture student.”
St. Anthony Messenger

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“A monument to the author’s familiarity with the best of biblical scholarship and his great ability to communicate. The result of such gifts is that the reader is led gently into the world of the Scriptures . . . and invited to share in an adventure of faith seeking understanding.”
Emmanuel

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“Sound, insightful, and interesting.”
Sewanne Theological Review

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“Combines scholarship, objectivity, and readability in a manner that should be acceptable to all denominations. Highly recommended as Bible study material."
Library Journal

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“First choice for anyone seeking an introductory text.”
Christian Board of Publications

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"One should not be deceived by the 'how to' in the titles of Charpentier. They call for a serious reading of the Bible, and at the same time provide inspiration and insight for the tyro."
Roland E. Murphy, B & R Review

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"The companion volumes How to Read the Old Testament and How to Read the New Testament are compared by their author to 'travel guides' which call attention to the main items of interest in a city but also allow more detailed inspection of whatever the 'traveler' or reader might find of special interest. Both books are organized for use by an individual or by a group. Beautifully printed, profusely illustrated, and with varying type-face, both books invite and stimulate a reader’s interest."
Review of Books in Religion

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"The late Father Charpentier certainly possessed the quality praised by the Appalachian folk hymn: 'Tis a gift to be simple . . .' These companion guides for reading and studying the Bible are simple, clear, well illustrated by anecdotes and examples, yet generally accurate and adequate in the information imparted. The guides can be used as easily by individuals as by groups.

In each book an introductory section points out basic information essential for understanding each Testament followed by eight chapters suitable for study over a one-year period. The books contain charts, maps, illustrations, side-by-side text comparisons, and a brief bibliography of basic books which have become modern classics.

Both volumes are intended as 'travel guides' to the history of the Bible's people as well as to the actual text . . .

Each chapter of the New Testament volume is divided into two sections. Section one introduces a New Testament work, presents the author, his setting, an overall view of the work, suggestions for studying specific texts, the passion of Jesus in each gospel, and the particular image of Jesus in each work. Section two (with the grey borders) traces a theme such as miracles, parable, and biblical morality. Each section can be studied separately or even in reverse order . . .

These guides can be highly recommended for accomplishing their stated objectives very well. Readers already familiar with these approaches to scripture will find the books rewarding. But the average—perhaps even the sophisticated—American, whose sense of history and appreciation for written texts has long ago been dulled and confused by daily dependence upon live TV coverage of events, instant TV replay, and the audio-cassette, might not appreciate Charpentier’s achievement. A different kind of 'how to' is still needed."
Sisters Today Magazine


9780824505417
Paperback / 128 pages
Dimensions: 8 x 9
CROSSROAD, 1982