An Introduction to the New Testament for Catholics

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Liturgical Press, 2006 - 276 páginas
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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Approaching the New Testament
1
The Historical Background
18
Paul and the Risen Christ
31
Pauls Shorter Letters
40
Pauls Longer Letters
54
Introduction to the Gospels
80
The Gospel According to Mark
89
The Q Document
110
The Gospel According to John
157
The Acts of the Apostles
179
Letters in the Pauline Tradition
201
The Pastoral Letters
212
The Letters of James Jude and First Peter
221
The Letter to the Hebrews
232
The Johannine Letters
239
The Book of Revelation the Apocalypse
247

The Gospel According to Matthew
113
The Gospel According to Luke
136
The Second Letter of Peter
260
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Joseph F. Kelly is professor of religious studies at John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio.

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