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Barclay's Guide to the New Testament [Kindle Edition]

William Barclay
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Book Description

From the pen of one of the world's most beloved Christian writers, this book-by-book guide ably and engagingly introduces beginners to the essential purpose and message of each New Testament writing. From the Gospels through Revelation, William Barclay paints a vivid picture of the circumstances that gave rise to each book, offering numerous illuminating insights into the meanings of key words and enabling his readers to discern and follow the central concerns of each text.

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About the Author

William Barclay (1907-1978) is known and loved by millions worldwide as one of the greatest Christian teachers of modern times. His insights into the New Testament, combined with his vibrant writing style, have delighted and enlightened readers of all ages for over half a century. He served for most of his life as Professor of Divinity at the University of Glasgow, and wrote more than fifty books--most of which are still in print today. His most popular work, the Daily Study Bible, has been translated into over a dozen languages and has sold more than ten million copies around the world.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2277 KB
  • Print Length: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press; 1 edition (February 18, 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005DQGPU0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #324,386 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT BEGINNING COMPANION TO THE NT April 28, 2008
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Granted, this book will not tell you everything you want to know about the NT. It is a book of 351 pages including the subject index. However, it will definitely entice you to buy his other writings on individual NT books. A guide such as this could be a very dry subject, emphasizing facts. But Barclay's style is very beautiful and flows as does a story, still including all of the intriguing bits of information (placed in the historical contexts) to get you started and then wanting to go further. Just as an example, he calls Matthew's gospel The Royal Gospel; Mark's, The Essential Gospel; Luke's, The Universal Gospel; and John's, The Precious Gospel. The titles themselves make you want to read what comes next. Of course all of the other NT books are discussed as well. There are invaluable discussions of the "authors" of the various books and why the names of the authors were attributed to them. Barclay is a master writer and has the ability to give life to the accounts of Jesus' time. This is an invaluable beginning to an in-depth study of the NT.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely helpful November 16, 2008
I am in a weekly Bible study and many have quoted Barclay. This New Testament guide was very easy to read and understand. It was very helpful to me to see people and events through the eyes of Barclay. I was able to read and retain so much better with this guide than most reference books I have used prior. A must book for Bible studies.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clearly Informative August 7, 2008
By ElaineS
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Again, Barclay strikes a balance between scholaship and accessibility in his Guide to the New Testament. The reader learns why certain stories appear in one book but not in another, what languages the originals were written in (and why), plus interesting personal information about the writers of the New Testament. Informative and necessary information for anyone who aspires to understand the Bible.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful New Testament Study Aid May 9, 2012
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Barclay was a great scholar and linguist, who wrote his biblical interpretations for the common man. It is an excellent tool for those interested in learning the historical context of biblical events. Catholics should be aware that some of Barclays beliefs are counter to Church teachings. He did not believe in the Trinity, and he was a universalist (all men will be saved, even your mother-in-law)), and the multiplication of the fishes did not literally happen. Even so, the beloved Catholic theologian Bishop Fulton Sheen recommend the study are Barclay to priests, with the caveot that they ignore ideas counter to Church teaching. Catholics who want to avoid a potential minefield might prefer the Navarre Bible series which is similar, at least in format, to Barclay, and reflects Catholic thought.
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5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT BOOKS June 28, 2014
By Alanda
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5.0 out of 5 stars Appreciation of Barclay's writings June 7, 2014
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I have always appreciated Barclay's writings. When I saw this book, I had to have it. I certainly am not disappointed!!! It is as interesting and informative as I anticipated it would be.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Barclay's Guide to the New Testament October 13, 2013
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This is a work in progress, but I have read enough to know it is excellent. We also study Barclay's guide in our Bible Study Class.

His explanations are clear& understandable.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I need. April 24, 2013
By Ruth S.
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It does not have a table of contents.

You have to scroll to get to the right page.

Difficult to use during Bible study.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book for all classes of Christians
The best book for all classes of Christians
Published 1 month ago by Danny
5.0 out of 5 stars Great resource! Not as in-depth as I was looking ...
Great resource! Not as in-depth as I was looking for, but a great addition to Barclay's other texts about the NT.
Published 4 months ago by S K H
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I use it as a reference book.
Published 8 months ago by wayne
5.0 out of 5 stars Barclay's Guide to the New Testament
I always enjoy reading Barclay and his clear explanations of the Bible text. I am never
disappointed with his ideas and presentations.
Published 12 months ago by Mary Sue Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good as expected
Got this for my parents sunday school class. It is a very good companion guide for the class. They seem to be happy with it.
Published 12 months ago by thetalk
1.0 out of 5 stars Indexing
The material is good but I have not been able to use it as a reference because I cannot select the page except serially page by page and my Kindle turns pages slowly. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Tom Kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars Good reference book
This is a good book to keep handy while reading the new testament. Gives lots of information on the writers of the various books.
Published 13 months ago by jim ozbun
5.0 out of 5 stars Barclay's
I haven't had a chance to use this book that much but I keep it with my Bible for study purposes.
Published 14 months ago by Dianne Thyret
5.0 out of 5 stars I Love his works
The Overview makes the whole New Testiment 'come alive before my very eyes! seven more word words required now two
Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
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