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  • Paperback: 130 pages
  • Publisher: SCM Press (13 Jan. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0334020565
  • ISBN-13: 978-0334020561
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 19.7 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 329,627 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Kurt Messick HALL OF FAME on 6 Dec. 2003
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Another volume in the stellar series by the Crossroad Press, like the other volumes in this series, 'How to Read the New Testament' by Etienne Charpentier comes from the French series by Le Editions du Cerf. It can be read as volume two, following Charpentier's book 'How to Read the Old Testament', or as a volume by itself.
This is in some ways a guide for those who don't know how to read the Bible. It is in some ways done as a travel guide – the Bible is the destination, but like most geographic places, there are actually a variety of landmarks and stops to make in any location, and these will all vary.
This book is richly illustrated with maps, line-art drawings, side-bar boxes and pull-boxes, and other graphic-design features that make reading an adventure. One can read through each chapter as a narrative, and then return to fill in the blanks with the sidelined information.
The first twenty pages are a sort of preparation for the journey. It looks at the basic structure of the New Testament. It looks at three stages of development in the formation of the New Testament: the life and teaching of Jesus, the original communities and their shared stories, then the final redaction and writing of the texts. Then, Charpentier looks both at the literary genre of the Gospels, and the literary genres found in the Gospels. One of Charpentier's very interesting observations is that it is fortunate for us that we do not have a photograph of Jesus – we might even feel, by extension, that we are fortunate to have the ambiguous textual story of him that we do.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Salsalin on 13 Jan. 2010
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Bought the compaanion book, How to Read the Old Testament, which I'm still reading. Have lent this to another family member. Layout excellent for all types of approach to this topic. Helpful comparisons with everyday examples. Very much a dip in and out possible as well as cover to cover. This is also true of the companion book mentioned.
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A lack of personal experience can inhibit understanding. None of us lived in early NT times, most of us do not have an Hebrew background. Therefore we need guidance in plumbing the depths of what lies underneath the text we read, which is itself one of generations of translations. It is said that if you want to really appreciate the NT go and walk through the Holy Land for as you go, you will discover the 'fifth' Gospel in the land itself. Not everyone can make such a prolonged pilgrimage. Charpentier's book enables a much more feasible access.
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I lent this book to someone, for their study, but missed it so much I had to buy another copy! This is great both for Christians and non= Christians as it opens up so much of what is often not really understood- and its fun!!!!
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Excellent reference book - will be using it frequently for the rest of my bible reading life and future studies
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