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Overview A solid, well-done introduction to the New Testament for undergraduates that explores teaching on faith issues, as well as the theology and spirituality of the New Testament. Reflections, study questions, charts, and indexes are included.
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A Great Book Sep 22, 2007
Simply searching inside this book, reading the "Introduction", the "Suprise Me" excerpts, and the reviews on the back cover will give you a sense of the books depth and understanding. I say don't be put off by the first reviewer's dogma. I'm going to buy this book and look forward to using it to study the New Testament and expanding my faith.
Stale Deconstruction Theology Typical of Paulist Press Dec 21, 2003
Did you know that "Nothing in the Gospel (of Luke) suggests an existence of Jesus before his conception", or that "Jesus is clearly in a subordinate position to God." According to Vincent P. Branick, Ph. D., "Good Christian Theology must agree." If those sublties alluded you, surely you were aware that "Luke gives no direct religious significance to (Jesus') death."
Or, maybe you have been searching for an good example of how to sever the hypostatic union. Well, Professor Branick offers a sterling example under the guise of modern Catholic Bible scholarship. "God saves us through another human being. God bestows his Spirit through another human being. Human nature has, in fact, been drawn into the very life and work of God. To the extent we view Jesus as Divine, we might not be impressed with his role of bestowing the Spirit."
And, all of the above errors in just one chapter. Think of the pearls of wisdom to be garnered from the other eighteen chapters.
This book is a case study of a Catholic who is experiencing a crisis of faith. If you are interested in a Catholic text on the New Testament, avoid this Paulist Press book.