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Episode 534 - Born In A Barn? - James F. McGrath’s The A to Z of the New Testament: Things Experts Know That Everyone Else Should Too
With permission from the author, I am sharing a segment from the book, The A to Z of the New Testament: things Experts Know That Everyone Else Should Too” by by James F. McGrath.
The Segment comes from Chapter B: Born In A Barn?
So you think you know the New Testament?
Did you know that Jesus made puns? Did you know that Paul never calls himself or the churches he writes to “Christian”? Did you know that we don’t know who wrote the Letter to the Hebrews, or if it’s even really a letter?
James F. McGrath sheds light on these and many other surprising facts in The A to Z of the New Testament. Cutting through common myths and misunderstandings of problematic Bible passages, McGrath opens up expert knowledge to laypeople in his friendly introduction to New Testament studies. Each chapter in this fresh, accessible volume begins with a provocative anecdote or fact and then pulls back the curtain to inform curious readers about how scholars approach the issue. Along the way, McGrath explains unfamiliar terminology and methodology to nonspecialists with humor and clarity.
You’ve graduated from Sunday School. Ask the hard questions. Take Scripture on its own terms. Invigorate your Bible study with The A to Z of the New Testament as your guide.
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