New Testament Basics for Catholics

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New Testament Basics for Catholics

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.

Features & Benefits:

  • Bergsma is a bestselling author and active speaker who serves as a popular theology professor at Franciscan University of Steubenville, where he is a two-time faculty member of the year winner.
  • Simple, but profound, illustrations help readers understand complex New Testament principles.

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Format: Paperback book
Product code: AM715822
Dimensions: 5½" x 8½"
Length: 320 pages
Ave Maria Press
ISBN: 978-1-59471-582-2
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Written by John Bergsma


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
Nobody alive teaches the biblical basics as clearly and memorably as John Bergsma. I am addicted to his work. 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. Bergsma makes New Testament Basics for Catholics as vivid as our memories and enables us to apply the scriptures to our own lives.
Mike Aquilina
Speaker, educator, and author of The Fathers of the Church
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
A brilliant book done in a brilliant way. New Testament Basics for Catholics is an easy way to understand the big picture of the New Testament. A must for anyone wanting to learn more about Jesus and the early Church.
Kevin Cotter
FOCUS senior director of curriculum
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
John Bergsma makes the New Testament come alive in this very readable introduction. New Testament Basics for Catholics lays out the plan of Scripture and helps the reader to see and remember it by entering into the mind of Matthew, Luke, Paul, and John so that he can grasp the details and put them into the big picture. A masterful book!
Lawrence Feingold
Associate Professor of Theology and Philosophy
Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, St. Louis