New Release: Reading the New Testament in the Church

Cover ArtIn Reading the New Testament in the Church, internationally respected scholar Francis Moloney offers a Catholic introduction to the New Testament that shows how to read it both faithfully and critically.

The opening chapter and an epilogue directly address the theological requirements of, and historical challenges for, ecclesial reading. The remaining chapters give exemplary readings of the figure of Jesus and of the various divisions of the New Testament canon.

Conceived as a resource for religious educators, deacons, and other ministers in the Catholic Church, this book will serve Catholics and others as an ideal supplement to a conventional New Testament introduction or as a companion to reading the New Testament itself.


“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

“Christians of all denominations will discover here how sacred Scripture can still speak to and challenge believers today.” – Morna D. Hooker, Robinson College

“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, University of Gloucestershire

“A very fine and comprehensive introduction to the New Testament….Reading the New Testament in the Church should be on every pastor’s shelf and on every seminary’s New Testament reading list.” – Dorothy Lee, Trinity College

“Once again, Francis Moloney has drawn upon his internationally renowned biblical expertise, vast knowledge of scholarly literature, and theological sensitivity to produce this timely resource for pastors and educators in the Christian tradition.” – Brendan Byrne, SJ, University of Divinity

“I heartily recommend this introduction to reading the New Testament as an excellent textbook for seminaries and training programs for deacons and lay Catholic ministers.” – William S. Kurz, SJ, Marquette University

“A gift for Catholics who want to read the New Testament as both serious Christians and intelligently critical citizens of the modern world.” – Sandra M. Schneiders, IHM, Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University

“A timely reminder that the modern community of faith, both Catholic and non-Catholic, must read, appreciate, understand, and be informed by its ancient Scriptures.” – David Sim, Australian Catholic University


Francis J. Moloney, SDB (DPhil, University of Oxford), is a Senior Professorial Fellow of Australian Catholic University at its Melbourne, Australia, campus. He is the former Provincial Superior of the Salesians of Don Bosco for Australia and the Pacific region and former Katharine Drexel Professor of Religious Studies and dean of the School of Theology at 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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