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Reading the New Testament: An Introduction
Discusses the history and nature of the New Testament, provides outlines of each book and information on archaeological discoveries, and shares an interpretation of the Scriptures.
Paperback, 350 pages
Published March 1st 1988 by Paulist Press
(first published 1978)
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This is a nice introduction to use for an undergraduate class in New Testament. The study questions at the end of each chapter are worthwhile exercises and the book as a whole takes a scholarly tone that is sensitive to tradition. There is one minor annoyance, in many instances quotations lack footnotes. A more thorough editing for citations would have been helpful.
Pheme Perkins (PhD, Harvard University) is professor of theology at Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. She is the author of numerous books, including Introduction to the Synoptic Gospels, Reading the New Testament, Peter: Apostle for the Whole Church, Gnosticism and the New Testament, and several commentaries.More about Pheme Perkins...