Internationally respected scholar Francis Moloney offers a Catholic introduction to the New Testament that shows how to read it both faithfully and critically. The opening chapter and an epilogue directly address the theological requirements of, and historical challenges for, ecclesial reading. The remaining chapters give exemplary readings of the figure of Jesus and of the various divisions of the New Testament canon. Conceived as a resource for religious educators, deacons, and other ministers in the Catholic Church, this book will serve Catholics and others as an ideal supplement to a conventional New Testament introduction or as a companion to reading the New Testament itself.
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Reading the New Testament in the Church succinctly describes the first-century context, insightfully probes what we know about the ‘historical Jesus,’ deftly explains the literary strategies of the Gospels, explores the passionate commitments and engaged rhetoric of the apostle Paul, and assists those wrestling with the complexities of somewhat strange texts such as Hebrews and Revelation.
—Harold Attridge, Sterling Professor of Divinity, Yale Divinity School
Frank Moloney’s very readable guide to the New Testament attempts to bridge the gap that all too often exists between the scholarly interpretation of Scripture and the faith of the church. By reminding us that the Scriptures were written by believers for believers, he encourages his readers to face up to the challenges they contain.
—Morna D. Hooker, Lady Margaret's Professor Emerita, University of Cambridge Life Fellow, Robinson College
The emphasis throughout the book is on the wealth of Scripture and the need to encourage believers to develop a deeper knowledge of, and encounter with, the sacred text. Such knowledge, the book argues, is integral to the church's life and mission.
—Dorothy Lee, dean of Trinity College Theological School, Frank Woods Professor of New Testament Studies, Trinity College, Melbourne