Award-winning author and theology professor John Bergsma follows up his popular Bible Basics for Catholics—which has sold more than 60,000 copies—with a more in-depth look at the New Testament. Using simple illustrations and the same clear, conversational style that characterized his earlier book, Bergsma introduces four of the most important writers in the New Testament: Matthew, Luke, Paul, and John.
With humor and simple illustrations, theology professor John Bergsma focuses on Matthew, Luke, Paul, and John, whose writings comprise about 90 percent of the New Testament. The gospel of Matthew, written for Jewish Christians, illuminates the life and teachings of Christ as the long-promised Messiah. In Luke's gospel, readers will delve into the infancy and Triduum narratives, as well as the Acts of the Apostles and the life of the early Church. This leads the reader to discover St. Paul and his first and arguably greatest theological treatise: Romans. Finally, “the beloved apostle” St. John draws us in to the unsurpassed beauty of the fourth gospel, as well as the most mysterious book of the New Testament: the book of Revelation. A concluding chapter offers suggestions for further study.
Intended as an introductory work for those who are new to scripture study, New Testament Basics for Catholics does not aspire to be a comprehensive guide to all twenty-seven books of the New Testament, but is intended to lay the foundation for a lifetime of scripture reading. A great compliment to this fantastic book is Dr. Bergsma's New Testament Course Mountains and Mediators: A Survey of the New Testament.
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Ave Maria Press (October 2, 2015)
Excellent book, easy to read and understand!
I picked this book up at a retreat a few weeks ago. Dr. Bergsma has hit another home run in explaining the mysteries of the gospel to us in such an easy to read format. Thank you Dr. B!
Very fine and easy reading. Now all I have to do is remember what I've read.
I have had his Bible Basics for Catholics for some time and really got a lot out of it. This one is also really good and I highly recommend it to anyone wanting to learn more about reading the Bible.
I loved "Bible Basics for Catholics" so was thrilled to hear there was a New Testament version. I wasn't disappointed in the clear and easy way the material is presented. I think every Catholic should read both books. Learning the basics of the Old and New testament brings the Sunday Mass reading to life and understanding. I would like to suggest companion study guides so these texts can be used as group Faith Formation / Bible Study.