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Bethlehem To Patmos
The New Testament Story
by Paul W Barnett
Publisher:Paternoster Press imprint of Authentic Media
This is a very welcome revised and enlarged edition of Paul Barnett's masterly and immensely informative guide to the formation of the New Testament. Written in such a style that once you start reading you don't want to put the book down, Barnett tells the story, not only of the text itself but the social and political background of the time. Here is the storyline of the New Testament written in a highly readable and attractive style. Here is a reliable guide to the documents that eventually became accepted as the canon of Scripture and, equally importantly, a detailed examination of the people and events which shaped it. Barnett presents the facts, shows how they relate to a scholarly understanding of the era, what the early Christians faced in recording them, and why the texts and events continue to be significant. Here is a book that will be a welcome and extremely useful addition to the study shelves of preachers and others.
Reviewer: Graham Wise (21/02/14)