New Testament Basics for Catholics

Author: John Bergsma

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Format: Paperback

Publication date: October 2, 2015

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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.

Product Details

Pages: 320

Trim size: 5.5 x 8.5 inches

ISBN: 9781594715822

Imprint: Ave Maria Press

  • “No better introduction to the New Testament.”

    “There is no better introduction to the New Testament than New Testament Basics for Catholics. Dr. Bergsma’s book is clear and simple, but it runs deep. He is gifted at making connections and communicating great mysteries in words that are a pleasure to read.”

    Scott Hahn
    Author of Angels and Saints

  • “This book will transform your understanding of the Good News.”

    “If you’ve ever opened up your Bible and felt lost, then read New Testament Basics for Catholics. John Bergsma has an amazing gift for making Scripture clear and easy to understand.This book will transform your understanding of the Good News.”

    Brant Pitre
    Author of Jesus the Bridegroom

  • “Nobody teaches the biblical basics as clearly as John Bergsma.”

    “Nobody alive teaches the biblical basics as clearly and memorably as John Bergsma. In this book he helps us to see subtle touches that the ancient authors of the New Testament intended us to see, but often get lost in translation.”

    Mike Aquilina
    Author of A History of the Church in 100 Objects

  • “The work of a master teacher.”

    New Testament Basics for Catholics will hold a prominent and permanent place upon my bookshelf. Rare is the book that can take something so deep and make it simple enough for a beginner to understand. This is the work of a master teacher.”

    Mark Hart
    Author of Behold the Mystery: A Deeper Understanding of the Catholic Mass

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Interview with the Catholic Book Blogger
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Mater Dei Radio Interview

An interview with John Bergsma on Mater Dei Radio's In Person.

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Ave Maria Radio Inteview

Teresa Tomeo interviews John Bergsma on Ave Maria Radio's Catholic Connection.

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