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  • Paperback: 194 pages
  • Publisher: Destiny Image Publishers (January 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0768422361
  • ISBN-13: 978-0768422368
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,187 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In The Untold Story of the New Testament Church, Frank Viola has produced a useful and engaging account of the New Testament Church, helpfully setting people and events within their first-century cultural context. While not everyone will agree with every detail of the author's reconstruction or theological interpretation, for any such retelling unavoidably involves some interpretation, still this account helps contemporary believers more fully appreciate the remarkable dynamism of our earliest Christian forebears. --Howard A. Snyder, NT scholar, professor Asbury Seminary, Tyndale Seminary

"This volume has provided much needed information that is now in one place for the first time! Read it as I did with a highlighter pen in hand!" ----Ralph W. Neighbour, Jr., author of Where Shall We Go From Here?

Book Description

A scholar of the New Testament Church and a forerunner of modern Church renewal, Frank Viola casts his gaze back at the birth pangs of first century Christianity in The Untold Story of the New Testament Church. Using a 'you-are-there' approach, this epic volume gives readers a first-hand account of how the witness of Christ's testimony impacted the world. In the era right after the Day of Pentecost, the power of Holy Spirit prompted a massive harvest of souls yet a great persecution surged against those preaching Good News to the lost. Now, get up-close with apostles Paul, Peter and John and learn of their personal struggles to fight for the faith amidst a backdrop of in-house strife and foreign tyranny.

More About the Author

FRANK VIOLA AUTHOR has helped thousands of people around the world to deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ and enter into a more vibrant and authentic experience of church.

Viola's books help serious followers of Jesus to know their Lord more deeply, gain fresh perspectives on old or ignored subjects, and make the Bible come alive.

His blog - frankviola.org - is regularly ranked in the top 5 of all Christian blogs on the Web today. His podcast - Christ is All - has ranked #1 in Canada and #2 in the USA on iTunes.

Frank Viola, author, lives in Florida.

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An excellent compendium on the new testament!
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I highly recommend that everyone believing the truth of the Bible read this book.
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Mr. Violas book for me was like I had never read the New Testment before.
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99 of 105 people found the following review helpful By M. Henry on February 21, 2006
Format: Paperback
Most Christians have no idea what really happened in the first-century church. In fact, we have many misconceptions about the early church because our approach to the New Testament is misguided.

The reason for this is simple, yet mostly unknown. The books of the New Testament are not arranged in chronological order! Paul's letters, for instance, which make up most of the New Testament, are arranged according to size instead of chronologically. Therefore, it's difficult to know what happened when because we don't read our New Testaments chronologically. To put it another way, we simply don't know "the story" of the first-century church because we have never read it in its historical order.

Further, because our New Testament is not in chronological order, we cannot understand the letters from the perspective of the people who received them. Nor from the perspective of those who wrote them. We are ignorant of the cultural, the social, and the political environment behind the New Testament books. Instead, we learn chapters and verses, out of context. This is one reason why there are so many divisions in the church today. It is because anyone can prove any doctrine or practice by cutting and pasting verses together when they are lifted out of their historical, chronological context.

There is now a remedy for this. Frank Viola has written a masterful New Testament handbook that puts the entire first-century story together in an understandable way. In, The Untold Story of the New Testament Church, Frank takes all the New Testament books and puts them in their proper chronological order. He then "fills in" all the historical details behind each book, giving us a complete picture of what really happened in the first century.
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63 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Jim Bartles (Lubbock, TX) on August 25, 2005
Format: Paperback
I have to disagree with the previous reviewer. I have read Gene Edwards books on the early church and there is a night and day difference between this volume and those books. Viola documents his narrative with a vast amount of scripture and historical texts that appear in endnotes after every chapter. This book draws heavily from the research of Frederick Fyvie Bruce, who I studied in college. I have a friend who teaches seminary and he is using this volume for his course on New Testament survey. If you are looking for a well-researched, documented narrative of the early church as well as a complete picture of the historical setting behind each epistle based on solid biblical scholarship, this book is a great starting point.
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53 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Jim Hayford on February 22, 2006
Format: Paperback
This book is one of the best pieces of biblical scholarship I have seen in years but it reads very easily. I felt like I was watching a movie and was carted back into the firstcentury meeting the characters of the new testament. It gave me a very different look at the new testament. I kept saying to myself, how did I miss this? I never saw that before? The endnotes are especially interesting because they give a whole lot of historical references and added information. The only fault I give this book is that a lot of the information in the endnotes should have been added to the body of the book. It took some time to keep flipping back to the endnotes to see what was all there as I was reading. This didn't affect the score. It's still a great book. Anyone who likes to study the bible indepthly should read this book. It will give them a whole new view.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Jones on June 2, 2006
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I have always had trouble understanding the Bible. I grew up in the church and was always puzzled by the complexity of the sacred book. Someone recommended this book to me and I read it in one day!! I literally couldn't put it down! It was an experience of being brought back to the early church and watching the whole drama play out like a movie. After reading this book I can read the Bible (the New Test. portion) with ease. I feel like I personally know the characters. I can't say enough about this book. I just wish I had read it many years ago. It has changed my entire outlook on the Bible. I also recommend Blue Like Jazz which was another wonderful read.
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Francis Yost on October 24, 2004
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The "Untold Story of the New Testament Church" is one of the best written, most informative books I've ever read. It is eye opening, I would like to get it into the hands of every pastor and elder I know. I have already purchased three additional copies to pass around. This is must reading for anyone wanting to come into a deeper understanding of the early history of the church.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Darla Hutton on May 23, 2006
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I have been a Christian since I was a child and grew up learning the stories of the Bible. It is only after reading this book that my entire view of scripture has been re-adjusted and changed. The Bible is now a living book for me. For the first time I actually feel like I undertand Paul's letters. I just read the reviews and am unsure why Amazon put that critical review as the spotlight especially when there have been so many positive reviews on this book. I too have read Gene Edwards and this book is nothing like them. If you want to understand Paul's letters this is the book to get.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Todd Simons on January 9, 2006
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I will never read the New Testament the same after laying my hands on this work. I've studied holy scripture since I was in high school, and after reading this historical masterpiece I felt as though I had never understood the thought of scripture before. The book opened up a new world for me. This book and Velvet Elvis are classic mind-openers.
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