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The original CliffsNotes study guides offer expert commentary on major themes, plots, characters, literary devices, and historical background.
In "CliffsNotes on The New Testament, " you follow along what's often called "The Greatest Story Ever Told" as it recounts the teachings of the prophet Jesus of Nazareth, who lived 2,000 years ago. It is a rich source of poetry and knowledge and is the rock upon which Christianity stands.
This study guide carries you along on Jesus' incredible journey by providing summaries and commentaries on The New Testament of the Bible. Other features that help you study includeAn introduction to the New TestamentThe historical background of ChristianityAn outline of the life of JesusA selected bibliography that leads you to more great resources
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Studio: Cliffs Notes
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.5" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.3" Weight: 0.35 lbs.
Release Date Nov 8, 1965
Publisher Cliffs Notes
ISBN 0822008807 ISBN13 9780822008804
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More About Charles H. Patterson
Charles H. Patterson, Ph.D., is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Reviews - What do customers think about The New Testament Cliffs Notes?
Are you serious? Sep 12, 2005
If you need Cliff notes for the Bible, you have a problem. It is that simple.
Great historical background Feb 19, 2005
I never thought I'd review Cliff Notes! However, I really like this one.
This book gives great historical and cultural information, which has really helped my understanding of the New Testament. I realized, when reading this, that there is a lot more to understanding the New Testament than I had gotten from just reading the Bible. Without the historical background, some things just didn't make so much sense. And the entire story was sort of flat for me before.
I really appreciated the comparative look at the books of the New Testament, and the perspective given on the authors and the intended audience.
Of course this in no way replaces the Bible. But it gave me an understanding I NEVER could have gotten by studying the Bible alone!
Good secular summary. Great launching point. Aug 14, 2003
Sadly, most self-professed CHRISTIANS I've met have only heard bits and pieces of the NT - and mostly reruns. (Old Testament? Do old movies count?) NON-CHRISTIANS would like to get some Christian basics on short notice: new Christian friends, mid-life crisis, etc. Giving even a well-indexed Bible is counter-productive. If you're looking to help them discover Christianity, you failed.
WHAT THIS BOOK DOES: Summaries and commentaries - yeah, yeah - CF's bread and butter. Additionally, Patterson tells you why each letter/book was written, for whom it was intended and the world-situation in which it was written. Stop. Think about it. That's huge. Want to know about the life of Jesus and only want to read (the summaries and) one gospel, which one and what are the rammifications? What does it means to live a Christian life, which book tells you? Don't care about 1st century circumcision, which books can you skip?
POTENTIAL SHORTCOMINGS: 1) All Cliff's Notes come with their generic disclaimer: "If you really want to know, read it, not these notes." Really want to know about Jesus? Read all four Gospels, followed by the best commentaries (plural!), read the Gospels again, then beat on your mind. 2) Patterson manages to be secular (non-religious) in the extreme. Personally, I was amazed someone could review the NT in such secular terms. If you have Christian faith, you may find this angle of observation downright painful but the historic context will (probably) still be new. I'm a Catholic-raised Agnostic, so I didn't experience the pain. 3) It's really old: 1965. Granted, Christianity isn't Computer Technology but the presentation isn't exactly Gen-X and several Bible versions have undergone major revisions since this baby was written.
I liked it.
Cliff, how you disappoint me Sep 23, 2002
I hate to give bad reviews, but let's just say that I was being generous with the 3. I recently got these notes to use as a quick review of the new testament. And I know that you really can't compile such a massive book into such a tiny book. However, it just didn't seem like Cliff even read the Bible. Ther notes were kind of loose and very uninformative. I have seen much better versions. And this goes for more than just the Cliff Notes on the Bible. On every note I look at, I am just disappointed. Sparknotes are much better. They give a more in-depth summary and have everything Cliff has. I am not sure if they have notes on the Bible yet, but everything else is good. In all honesty, don't spend your money on this set of Cliff Notes. It's not worth it. You're better off buying a student Bible with an index in the back. I suggest THE STUDENT BIBLE-THE NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. That one is easy to read and wonderful in so many ways. If you are looking for something that can be used as a quick review, this Bible is great. The index is amazing. this site sells it; I wrote a review on it if you want more info on it.