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An Introduction to the New Testament for Catholics (Michael Glazier Books) [Paperback]

By Joseph F. Kelly (Author)
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The title of this book may be a bit puzzling-a Catholic introduction to the New Testament? The New Testament belongs to all Christians, and the modern study of the New Testament has benefited from the contributions by scholars of all Christian denominations. But there are problems with the New Testament that are specific to Catholics. In this volume, Joseph Kelly provides an introduction to the New Testament for students and deals with the concerns of modern Christians reading the Bible. It's a book that teachers can use rather than a book that presents teachers with problems they have to explain. Kelly helps readers to understand what modern scholars say about the individual books. He argues that we can't understand what role Jesus can play in modern life if we don't understand what he meant to the earliest Christians. The New Testament tells the story of Jesus, the most remarkable person who ever lived, and of his disciples. It includes some of the most famous narratives in the world and the most memorable words ever spoken. It introduces us to great people who moved history and of those who took the difficult step of leaving the religions of their ancestors and families to become Christians. Kelly shows that in looking at the New Testament we see real people communicating with us-sharing their beliefs, their fears, and their hopes. Distant yet familiar, challenging yet comprehensible, the New Testament is a precious heritage, and one that Kelly recommends we must make our own.

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The title of this book may be a bit puzzling-An Introduction to the New Testament for Catholics? The New Testament belongs to all Christians, and the modern study of the New Testament has benefited from the contributions by scholars of all Christian denominations. But there are problems with the New Testament that are specific to Catholics. In this volume, Joseph Kelly deals with the concerns of modern Christians reading the Bible and provides an accessible introduction for students. It's a book that teachers can use rather than a book that presents teachers with problems they have to explain. Most New Testament introductions confuse students by talking about the historical Jesus and the historical Paul by discussing Paul before Jesus because Paul came before him in the New Testament writings. Many Catholics also expect to find all of the church's current teachings and practices laid out in the Bible and are confused when they are not. Kelly helps readers to understand what modern scholars say about the individual books by outlining them in the communities that produced them. He explains that we can't understand what roles the New Testament can play in modern life if we don't understand what it meant to the earliest Christians. The New Testament was read by unsophisticated believers. It was accessible then, and it is accessible now. It tells the story of the most remarkable person who ever lived and of his disciples. It includes some of the most famous narratives in the world, some of the most memorable tales, most immoral words, and striking images. It introduces us to great people who moved history, and tells of the now anonymous people who took the difficult step of leaving thereligions of their ancestors and families to become Christians. Kelly shows that in looking at the New Testament we see real people communicating with us, sharing their beliefs, their fears, and their hopes, and our shared humanity bridges any gap. Distant yet familiar, challenging yet comprehensible, the New Testament is a precious heritage, and one that Kelly recommends we must make our own.

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Studio: Michael Glazier Books
Pages   276
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.96" Width: 6.12" Height: 0.65"
Weight:   0.85 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 9, 2006
Publisher   Liturgical Press
ISBN  0814652166  
ISBN13  9780814652169  


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More About Joseph F. Kelly


Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Joseph F. Kelly, PhD, is professor of religious studies at John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio. His books include "The Feast of Christmas, The Origins of Christmas, The Ecumenical Councils of the Catholic Church", and others, all published by Liturgical Press.

Joseph F. Kelly currently resides in the state of Ohio. Joseph F. Kelly was born in 1945.

Joseph F. Kelly has published or released items in the following series...
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7Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Theology > Catholic
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Immensely Rich  Jun 5, 2006
Kelly has written an immensely rich explanation of the New Testament. First, his style makes the material totally accessible to even the uninitiated. Second, he zeroes in on common misunderstandings and offers clear information on the cause of confusion and ways it can be avoided. In the process he explains the importance of scholarly examination of historical, cultural, linguistic, and doctrinal issues in interpreting Scripture for modern readers.

The following random sampling from this work seems the best way to highlight its appeal. "If people read the Scriptures...they will eventually notice that the Lord's Prayer in Luke differs from the familiar `Our father,' and they will certainly wonder why." Chapter 6 of John's gospel "contains the famous discourse on the bread of life, and we Catholics naturally and rightly think of the Eucharist, but it has another meaning." Many Catholics routinely say that the pope is the head of the church, "a claim that no pope has ever made." Luke, who wrote two decades after Peter and Paul were martyred, "realized that their work and suffering for the faith united them more than any disagreement could separate them. Thus, in Acts he leaves out any references to conflict..."

Kelly has provided a valuable resource for true "bible study" centered on the New Testament. Individuals and groups, especially those whose scripture exposure is limited to the liturgical readings, would find it most enriching.
 

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