The purpose of Reading the New Testament for the First Time
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!
It is a rare book that delivers more than its title promises. This one does -- and then some! Ronald Allen has produced the cleanest, clearest, humblest, most non-doctrinaire, accessible, and absorbing general work on reading the New Testament that I have ever seen. It should be required reading for all of us.
Editor of Religion Department of Publishers Weekly
At last! A first-rate Bible scholar has put together a book that makes the New Testament accessible. Reading the New Testament for the First Time grows out of Allen's years of teaching experience. He covers every question that is likely to arise when a 'first-timer' wants to read the New Testament. Like a good and trusted friend, he walks the novice down a spiraling staircase into the wonders of this ancient and strange book, pointing out the most provocative, profound, and inspirational aspects of the New Testament. Strongly recommended.
-John S. McClure
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