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!
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.
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.
- Phyllis Tickle, founding 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 Allens 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, Vanderbilt Divinity School
Clear, engaging, and genuinely helpful! This is the first book I would recommend to anyone who wants a basic and informed guide into the rich but sometimes confusing terrain of the New Testament.
- Matthew L. Skinner, Luther Seminary
Here is a book that respects both Bible and reader, providing basic information for both the serious reader and the merely curious without talking down to them. A good first step into deeper Bible study.
- M. Eugene Boring, Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian University