Academic journal article Journal of the Australian Catholic Historical Society

Enjoy the Good News, A New Testament Guide

Academic journal article Journal of the Australian Catholic Historical Society

Enjoy the Good News, A New Testament Guide

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Author: Alan Hogan

Published: ATF Theology, Adelaide 2016 ISBN: 9780646934433 (paperback) Format: Hardcover $71.90, paperback $53.35

Reviewed by Helen Scanlon (*)

Alan Hogan has written this guide to the New Testament for the general reader wanting to deepen their knowledge and understanding of the scriptures. Alan's education was in the seminary first at Springwood, then Propaganda College, Rome. He left there before ordination and returning to Australia became a successful barrister and later a judge. In his retirement he gained an MA in Biblical Studies, and his teacher Sr Michelle Connolly rsj has written the forward to the book.

As Alan wrote in his introduction: "The purpose of this work is to covey basic information and background to each book, to enable readers to understand when, why and in what circumstances it was written, and what message the author intended to convey."

In this aim Alan was very successful. He writes with a simple, relaxed style, belying the extensive scholarship of his work.

The first three chapters outline the origins of the New Testament, the historical background and how the various writings became recognised by the church as the canon. There are maps of the regions although I found that using a biblical atlas with larger print was more satisfactory. The historical background covers the politics, the geography and the peoples of the region. …

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