Faith, Politics, and Transitions in Brussels

Learning to Read the New Testament: An Introduction

The Sermon on the Mount
Carl Bloch, 1890

Well, after looking at how to read the Old Testament, I am transitioning to a series on the New Testament. Written in a different language than the Old Testament, with a few centuries gap between the last book of the “canon” of the Old Testament and the first of the New, the New Testament presents different genres and a very different context than the Old Testament!

In fact, one could argue that the entire New Testament is being written in the ongoing response to a single event: the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. The disciples and followers of Jesus, gathered as communities across the Roman Empire and suffering persecution at the hands of the Romans, are trying to grasp and understand the implications of the life, death, and the resurrection of Jesus. And so, different accounts are written, different letters written, and people are coming to faith in this new thing.

So, for the next few weeks, I will be working through the different genres and types of writing to be found in the New Testament. I will look at (1) the synoptic gospels, (2) the Gospel of John, (3) the book of Acts, (4) two different takes on the Epistles, and (5) the book of Revelation. Stay tuned!