The Untold Story of the New Testament Church
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The Untold Story of the New Testament Church

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A scholar of the New Testament Church and a forerunner of modern Church renewal, Frank Viola casts his gaze back at the birth pangs of first century Christianity in The Untold Story of the New Testament Church. Using a 'you-are-there' approach, this epic volume gives readers a first-hand account of how the witness of Christ's testimony impacted the world. In the era right...more
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Published March 10th 2010 by Destiny Image Publishers (first published January 28th 2005)
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Wow, who knew the early church was so real and down to earth. Great book for helping to piece together the story of the Early Church in it's chronological order. Particularly like the sections where Viola paints the picture of what Ephesus, Corinth, Rome etc... were like to live in the 1st century. The power of the good news of the Kingdom of God was & is AMAZING and was the only thing that could band together rich, poor, merchant, slave, Jew, gentile, man & woman into one group - the ch...more
A good introduction to the chronological events of the first 40-50 years of the Church. It helped me place many of the lesser known Church planters in the context of Paul and Peters time. I would probably change the subtitle to, "An Introductory Guide to Understanding the NT".
the title and sub-title say it all.
Bart Breen
Frank Viola is a strong voice in the area of Organic Church and is perhaps best known for his book, Pagan Christianity. Many don't realize however, that Pagan Christianity?: Exploring the Roots of Our Church Practices is just one book in a complete series that Frank has put together that in a very deliberate way progress one upon the other.

Pagan Christianity?: Exploring the Roots of Our Church Practices is the second book in that series. This book, The Untold Story of the New Testament Church, i...more
Brandy Painter
This is an excellent extra resource for Bible study though the title is a bit deceiving. The story is not Untold because it is in the Bible. However this resource takes the letters of the New Testament and places them in chronological order using Acts and historical detail to fill in the background of each one. I have been using this book for Bible study for several months and will go through it again in a couple of years. Viola does, at times, make blanket statements that one must look into a b...more
Henk-Jan van der Klis
Ons beeld van hoe de evangelieën, Handelingen en de brieven van de apostelen zich tot elkaar verhouden, wat de context en dus herbruikbaarheid van teksten is en hoe de jonge kerk zich ontwikkelde, kan behoorlijk verstoord zijn. Invloeden zijn bijvoorbeeld het op de in de canon opgenomen volgorde van de boeken en brieven zijn (de brieven van Paulus zijn op lengte gesorteerd), de ellendige indeling in hoofdstukken, perikopen en verzen. Of het idee, dat alleen de Handelingen historie vertellen, en...more
Jonathan Roberts
I found this book late in my study of the book of Acts, so I have not read every bit of this book but I was so impressed that I am going to go ahead at write this review and I will finish this book as I prep for next years class in the fall. Lots of good sources but the strength is how this book lays out the New Testament out chronologically. I teach Acts with the letters in chronological order so this book was invaluable to me.
Only wish I had found it sooner!
This book has really helped me understand the bigger picture of just what it took for this new faith to grow and how it all fit together.
In The Untold Story of the New Testament Church, Frank Viola takes all the New Testament books and puts them in their proper chronological order, detailing the missionary journeys of Paul and how the early churches began. We get a first-hand "you are there" narrative, traveling with Paul on his journeys and feeling Paul's disappointments and his victories.
I wo...more
This book just doesn't live up to all the hype. It is supposed to put NT into chronological order, linking up Acts with Paul's letters and whatnot. It doesn't do a very good job, and Viola can't help but slip his anti-institutional rhetoric in everywhere, even where it means disregarding the clear meaning of various passages.
Laura Rogers
This is great for putting things into perspective in the New Testament. The way the Bible is put together is a bit mixed up - this takes the guessing out of when and where things are happening.
You can understand better the context of the writings.
Bud Hewlett
Excellent and enlightening history of the new testament.
Excellent book on practical Christianity.
Beth Peninger
The Bible as most of us read it isn't in order of date written. Rather it is organized by length of books and a few other insignificant factors. So when it is read and studied sometimes, maybe more often than we realize, confusion ensues because things seem out of place or dates seem confusing, etc. What Viola does is give the reader a broad overview of the New Testament Church following the death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ. But he presents the overview in chronological order s...more
Frank Viola writes a very comprehensive guide to the chronology of the New Testament. Basically, the book puts all New Testament events and works in chronological order and explains them. It chronicles the growth of the church under the ministry of Paul and puts in perspective many of his letters. It explains the purpose of the letters while giving a background of the areas to which he was writing to. In this book, I've learned more about the apostle Apollos than I've read anywhere else and I ap...more
Awesome book, with plenty of endnotes.
John Finkelde
Stellar book that ties together snippets of the NT in a way that will transform how you look at Paul's life. Only improvement would be better and more extensive footnotes, preferably on each page. Excellent read. A keeper.
Very good work. I highly recommend it.
A beautiful love story that evades the human heart and makes room for Christ to emerge in all of his passion for mankind. A classic gem.
Good look at the history of the New Testament Church...
Jerry Johnson
very informative book, like the way Frank Viola writes.
The current order of the books of the Bible is not in Chronological order. What happens when you read everything as they emerged? A story starts to unfold.
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