Reading the New Testament in the Church

A Primer for Pastors, Religious Educators, and Believers

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"Reading the New Testament in the Church succinctly describes the first-century context, insightfully probes what we know about the 'historical Jesus,' deftly explains the literary strategies of the Gospels, explores the passionate commitments and engaged rhetoric of the apostle Paul, and assists those wrestling with the complexities of somewhat strange texts such as Hebrews and Revelation. Readers seeking an introduction that combines scholarly integrity and theological responsibility will find Fr. Moloney's book a welcome aid to understanding the foundational documents of the church."
--Harold Attridge, Yale Divinity School

"Frank Moloney's very readable guide to the New Testament attempts to bridge the gap that all too often exists between the scholarly interpretation of Scripture and the faith of the church. By reminding us that the Scriptures were written by believers for believers, he encourages his readers to face up to the challenges they contain. Although the book is addressed primarily to Catholics, Christians of all denominations will discover here how sacred Scripture can still speak to and challenge believers today."
--Morna D. Hooker, University of Cambridge Life Fellow, Robinson College

"Reading the New Testament for its original meaning allows it to challenge and enrich our faith in ways we can barely imagine. In this book Frank Moloney, after decades devoted to rigorous yet creative historical analysis of biblical texts and from a lifetime of service to the church, equips religious teachers and the faithful with the essential knowledge they need to bring the New Testament into provocative conjunction with their own lives and their own experience."
--Philip F. Esler, International Centre for Biblical Interpretation, University of Gloucestershire

"Reading the New Testament in the Church is a very fine and comprehensive introduction to the New Testament. The emphasis throughout is on the wealth of Scripture and the need to encourage believers to develop a deeper knowledge of, and encounter with, the sacred text. Such knowledge, the book argues, is integral to the church's life and mission. Though aimed primarily at a Catholic audience, this is an immensely valuable resource for all Christians, whatever their denomination. It should be on every pastor's shelf and on every seminary's New Testament reading list."
--Dorothy Lee, Trinity College Theological School and Trinity College, Melbourne

Contributors

Francis J. SDB Moloney, Author

Francis J. Moloney, SDB (DPhil, University of Oxford), is Senior Professorial Fellow at Catholic Theological College, University of Divinity, in Melbourne, Australia. He is the former Provincial Superior of the Salesians of Don Bosco for Australia and the Pacific region and formerly taught at Australian Catholic University and the Catholic University of America. Father Moloney is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, a Member of the Order of Australia, and the author of more than forty books. He is also a member of the editorial board for Paideia: Commentaries on the New Testament.

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FRANCIS MOLONEY, Author

Francis J. Moloney, Author

Moloney, Francis J.: - Francis J. Moloney, SDB (DPhil, University of Oxford), is Senior Professorial Fellow at Catholic Theological College, University of Divinity, in Melbourne, Australia. He is the former Provincial Superior of the Salesians of Don Bosco for Australia and the Pacific region and formerly taught at Australian Catholic University and the Catholic University of America. Father Moloney is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, a Member of the Order of Australia, and the author of more than forty books. He is also a member of the editorial board for Paideia: Commentaries on the New Testament.

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Francis J. Sdb Moloney, Author

Francis J. Moloney, SDB (DPhil, University of Oxford), is Senior Professorial Fellow at Catholic Theological College, University of Divinity, in Melbourne, Australia. He is the former Provincial Superior of the Salesians of Don Bosco for Australia and the Pacific region and formerly taught at Australian Catholic University and the Catholic University of America. Father Moloney is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, a Member of the Order of Australia, and the author of more than forty books. He is also a member of the editorial board for Paideia: Commentaries on the New Testament.

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