The Untold Story of the New Testament Church: An Extraordinary Guide to Understanding the New Testament

The Untold Story of the New Testament Church An Extraordinary Guide to Understanding the New Testament A Masterpiece in Narrative EcclesiologyWatch the New Testament come alive Understand God s Word like never before The New Testament is often hard to understand A major reason is because it is not arra

  • Title: The Untold Story of the New Testament Church: An Extraordinary Guide to Understanding the New Testament
  • Author: Frank Viola
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  • Page: 145
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  • A Masterpiece in Narrative EcclesiologyWatch the New Testament come alive Understand God s Word like never before The New Testament is often hard to understand A major reason is because it is not arranged in chronological order Paul s letters, for example, are arranged by size rather than chronologically This makes the New Testament a bit like a Chinese puzzle For thiA Masterpiece in Narrative EcclesiologyWatch the New Testament come alive Understand God s Word like never before The New Testament is often hard to understand A major reason is because it is not arranged in chronological order Paul s letters, for example, are arranged by size rather than chronologically This makes the New Testament a bit like a Chinese puzzle For this reason, one famous Bible scholar said that reading the New Testament letters is like hearing one end of a phone conversation The book you hold in your hands reconstructs the other end so that you can understand virtually every word The Untold Story of the New Testament Church is a unique Bible handbook that weaves Acts and the Epistles together chronologically creating one fluid story This epic volume gives readers a first hand account of the New Testament drama that is riveting and enlightening It includes dates, maps, and background information about the people, the cities, and the events of the first century church using a you are there approach.Get up close and personal with apostles Paul, Peter, James and John and learn of their personal struggles Understand the circumstances behind each inspired letter they penned Watch the chaotic swirl of first century people and events fall into place before your very eyes Discover what Paul s thorn in the flesh really was Learn what happened to all the apostles after the book of Acts was finished Be ushered into the living, breathing atmosphere of the first century and uncover the hidden riches found in God s Word.

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    • Frank Viola

      Hi Friends I write books that seek to make the Bible come alive and throw fresh light on old or neglected subjects.Here are my published books THE DAY I MET JESUSJESUS NOWGOD S FAVORITE PLACE ON EARTHREVISE US AGAINJESUS MANIFESTOJESUS A THEOGRAPHYFROM ETERNITY TO HEREREIMAGINING CHURCHPAGAN CHRISTIANITYFINDING ORGANIC CHURCHTHE UNTOLD STORY OF THE NT CHURCHYou can learn about these books and see reader reviews atfrankviola booksI also have an eBook library on that same website.Join my interactive blog at frankviola Connect with me on LinkedIn at linkedin in frankaviolaand Twitter at twitter FrankViolaHope to see you there fvPsalm 115 1



    635 thoughts on “The Untold Story of the New Testament Church: An Extraordinary Guide to Understanding the New Testament

    • Wow, who knew the early church was so real and down to earth. Great book for helping to piece together the story of the Early Church in it's chronological order. Particularly like the sections where Viola paints the picture of what Ephesus, Corinth, Rome etc were like to live in the 1st century. The power of the good news of the Kingdom of God was & is AMAZING and was the only thing that could band together rich, poor, merchant, slave, Jew, gentile, man & woman into one group - the churc [...]


    • A good introduction to the chronological events of the first 40-50 years of the Church. It helped me place many of the lesser known Church planters in the context of Paul and Peters time. I would probably change the subtitle to, "An Introductory Guide to Understanding the NT".



    • This book is beautiful in its story telling, and therefore valuable for those who are interested in the history of the New Testament. The premise behind the book is brilliant, as it does bring to light and life the history behind all those books in the bible. I’d like to give the book 5 stars, but I cannot for the following reasons. First the author writes the book as if there was much more factual history available than there is. The precise dates and years, and the direct statements of who w [...]


    • Frank Viola is a strong voice in the area of Organic Church and is perhaps best known for his book, Pagan Christianity. Many don't realize however, that Pagan Christianity?: Exploring the Roots of Our Church Practices is just one book in a complete series that Frank has put together that in a very deliberate way progress one upon the other.Pagan Christianity?: Exploring the Roots of Our Church Practices is the second book in that series. This book, The Untold Story of the New Testament Church, i [...]


    • Ons beeld van hoe de evangelieën, Handelingen en de brieven van de apostelen zich tot elkaar verhouden, wat de context en dus herbruikbaarheid van teksten is en hoe de jonge kerk zich ontwikkelde, kan behoorlijk verstoord zijn. Invloeden zijn bijvoorbeeld het op de in de canon opgenomen volgorde van de boeken en brieven zijn (de brieven van Paulus zijn op lengte gesorteerd), de ellendige indeling in hoofdstukken, perikopen en verzen. Of het idee, dat alleen de Handelingen historie vertellen, en [...]


    • The current order of the books of the Bible is not in Chronological order. What happens when you read everything as they emerged? A story starts to unfold.




    • This is an excellent extra resource for Bible study though the title is a bit deceiving. The story is not Untold because it is in the Bible. However this resource takes the letters of the New Testament and places them in chronological order using Acts and historical detail to fill in the background of each one. I have been using this book for Bible study for several months and will go through it again in a couple of years. Viola does, at times, make blanket statements that one must look into a b [...]


    • My currently favorite book regarding Christianity. Frank Viola does an impeccable job bringing the New Testament to life. You may not know, but the books of the New Testament (and OT for that matter) are out of chronological order. Because of this, you cannot read the NT (or whole Bible) cover to cover like a novel, and expect it to make sense. Everything is out of order. Because of this, we too often read the Bible and only get small puzzle pieces instead of the whole and complete picture. Once [...]


    • This book has really helped me understand the bigger picture of just what it took for this new faith to grow and how it all fit together.In The Untold Story of the New Testament Church, Frank Viola takes all the New Testament books and puts them in their proper chronological order, detailing the missionary journeys of Paul and how the early churches began. We get a first-hand "you are there" narrative, traveling with Paul on his journeys and feeling Paul's disappointments and his victories. I wo [...]


    • I found this book late in my study of the book of Acts, so I have not read every bit of this book but I was so impressed that I am going to go ahead at write this review and I will finish this book as I prep for next years class in the fall. Lots of good sources but the strength is how this book lays out the New Testament out chronologically. I teach Acts with the letters in chronological order so this book was invaluable to me. Only wish I had found it sooner!


    • This book just doesn't live up to all the hype. It is supposed to put NT into chronological order, linking up Acts with Paul's letters and whatnot. It doesn't do a very good job, and Viola can't help but slip his anti-institutional rhetoric in everywhere, even where it means disregarding the clear meaning of various passages.


    • I haven't been this excited to read the Bible in a long time! This book goes through the New Testament chronologically, giving context for each book. I found myself re-reading each book of the NT through a brighter lens, with more understanding.


    • Stellar book that ties together snippets of the NT in a way that will transform how you look at Paul's life. Only improvement would be better and more extensive footnotes, preferably on each page. Excellent read. A keeper.


    • This is great for putting things into perspective in the New Testament. The way the Bible is put together is a bit mixed up - this takes the guessing out of when and where things are happening.You can understand better the context of the writings.Nice.


    • A beautiful love story that evades the human heart and makes room for Christ to emerge in all of his passion for mankind. A classic gem.





    • This was an enjoyable read. I used it also as a tool for my church's class on Acts and the history of the early church. It reads like a narrative of the story of Acts, including various stops along the way to provide historical and cultural context as well as the production of NT epistles. This is ideal for someone teaching/studying the book of Acts in a Bible class setting. Viola certainly put a great deal of work into citation and projecting various scenarios to account for the goings on in an [...]


    • Sometimes in reading the Bible, because it's not in chronological order, the meaning gets missed or there are seeming contradictions. Did you know, for example, that the books of the Apostle Paul which make up over 1/3 of the New Testament were placed in order from largest to smallest and not chronological order? This book helps put the New Testament in proper perspective. It tells the story of the New Testament in chronological order while also providing important historical context to the stor [...]


    • This is a very good book if you're interested in going behind the scenes of the Bible. Chapters 6-12 are basically a retelling of the Biblical book of Acts, but I particularly liked chapter 13 where the author discussed what was happening in the various churches that necessitated the later New Testament letters. He makes a big thing of how this book puts the NT in its proper order, and he does do this well, but it would have been nice to have a chronological list of the books at the end for refe [...]


    • A magnificent compendium to the New TestamentOne of the first things we learn about studying the Bible is the need to have the historical an situational context. This is what is provided here in a straightforward and simple way. Many who read this book will have "ah ha" moments where they finally understand why a book is written the way it is, or why a concept or philosophy was presented. An excellent read for anyone serious about studying the Bible.


    • Good background for new believerIf you like a Reader's Digest version of the scripture then this book is for you. 85 o/o of the book is of little value (other than the scripture it quotes) to the seasoned student of the Bible. There are a few tidbits towards the end of the book that are interesting and as such gives the book some value. Otherwise you would be better off spending your time reading the real Deal - God's Holy Word.


    • I liked that this was an easy read. Very informative as to the details of the Apostles lives till their very end. Would recommend reading book as to a different take on the lives and trials of all parties involved.


    • Well written and very informative The author has written a very interesting and chronology story of the establishment and growing pains of the church. The author has made the church history easier to read and understand.


    • Frank Viola writes a very comprehensive guide to the chronology of the New Testament. Basically, the book puts all New Testament events and works in chronological order and explains them. It chronicles the growth of the church under the ministry of Paul and puts in perspective many of his letters. It explains the purpose of the letters while giving a background of the areas to which he was writing to. In this book, I've learned more about the apostle Apollos than I've read anywhere else and I ap [...]


    • The Bible as most of us read it isn't in order of date written. Rather it is organized by length of books and a few other insignificant factors. So when it is read and studied sometimes, maybe more often than we realize, confusion ensues because things seem out of place or dates seem confusing, etc. What Viola does is give the reader a broad overview of the New Testament Church following the death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ. But he presents the overview in chronological order s [...]


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