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Reading the New Testament Today:

An Introduction to New Testament Criticism

By Brian Beck

Reading the New Testament Today

Reading the New Testament Today:

An Introduction to New Testament Criticism

By Brian Beck

A comprehensive introduction to New Testament study, showing how even the most familiar passages can benefit from closer reading.

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ISBN: 9780718822361

Specifications: 216x138mm (8.5x5.43in), 176pp

Published: December 1992


Why do we have to study the New Testament? Is it not simply enough to read it?

Beginning with a reading of the Lord's Prayer, Brian Beck sets out to show how even the most familiar passages may benefit from more detailed study. He writes simply and directly about the problems which arise from translation, not only for the student but for every Christian who cares enough about the New Testament to want to understand it better. He then goes on to show the way in which the different books came to be written and how they were brought together. Though he is ready to criticise a number of scholars when he thinks they are mistaken, he nevertheless yields to nobody in his high regard for many of the fruits of contemporary New Testament scholarship.


1. Asking Questions
2. The Original Wording
3. How It Came Together
4. Analysing the Documents
5. The Four Gospels
6. Behind the Written Word – 1
7. Behind the Written Word – 2
8. Collectors or Editors?
9. The Jesus of History?
10. Objections in a Historical Context
11. Authority and Meaning

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Brian E. Beck is a Methodist minister, and Secretary of the Methodist Conference. He was formerly Principal of Wesley House, Cambridge.

It proceeds on the best educational principles, moving from the well-known to the less well-known and the unknown. The idea of beginning with the Lord's Prayer is excellent ... when he comes to his chapter on the Jesus of history he presents a refreshingly positive treatment. F.F. Bruce