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The Word of the Lord Grows [Paperback]

By M. A. Franzman (Author)
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Pages   324
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9" Width: 6" Height: 1"
Weight:   1.2 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 1996
Publisher   Concordia Publishing House
ISBN  0570038480  
EAN  9780570038481  

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Dr. Martin Franzmann believed that Bible study could grow on a person. His book is a comprehensive guide to the serious Bible student--the person seeking some kind of continuity, historical or theological, in the Scriptures. His approach takes the reader by the hand, as it were, to see God's kingdom and the believer's place in that Kingdom. His scholarly insights, brilliant writing, and spiritually motivating themes are the results of long years of study and teaching.

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Links the proclamation of the Gospel and the growth of the Christian church with the living voice of God.

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Excellent experience  Dec 31, 2007
The product was shipped as promised and arrived sooner than expected. It was an excellent experience.
Excellent Introduction to New Testament Books  Jun 29, 2005
The late Martin Franzmann was a gifted New Testament scholar who also displayed a gift for preaching and hymn writing. Both his expertise in exegetical theology and his expressive writing style easily make this the most readable text book this reader has come across.

Franzmann treats all 27 New Testament books in the order in which he believes they were written, beginning with the Epislte of James and ending with the Book of Revelation. For each book, he gives a throrough introduction to the state of the known world and especially the state of Christianity at that time (and place), he introduces the author, covers the main ideas and unique aspects of the Biblical book, and gives a outline. These things prepare the student/reader for a meaningul reading of the Biblical text itself.

After the outline of the Biblical book, Franzmann treats the more far-reaching aspects of the book. He comments on the value of the Biblical book (how it has served the Church and Christians during the centuries) as well as the authenticity of the book (what problems both ancient and modern scholars have with the book). As far as authenticity goes, Franzmann is clearly orthodox and conservative in his views. He describes the "problems" scholars have with books like Second Peter, Jude, the Gospel of John, etc., but refutes nearly all arguments against authenticity.

There are a few aspects of this thorough introduction to the New Testament that this reader believes deserves special mention. Throughout the book, Franzmann displays a high respect for the activity of the Holy Spirit within the church--the Spirit which has directed the Church "into all truth," and to recognize these 27 books as divinely inspired as opposed to other books of the era (such as the epistles of Clement, the Shepherd of Hermas, etc.). Franzmann also displays a high regard for the scholarship of the ancient world. For example, he proudly holds up the fact that the church has never doubted the idea that the apsotle Paul wrote Second Timothy until recent times and uses that fact as reason to continue to uphold Pauline authorship. Finally, Franzmann covers a few aspect of modern scholarship which tend to confuse beginning theologians. Among these are "homologoumena" and "antilegomena" issues; the process by which the New Testament came into existence in its current form; and "form criticism" just to name a few.

In all, this book is highly recommended. Those wishing to begin deeper studies into the New Testament, those who have been studying it but desire an overview, and even those who have been studying the New Testament for quite some time will all walk away with something positive from this book.
Solid Intro to the NT from a True Word-Smith  Feb 17, 2001
Using Luke's usage of this phrase "the word of the Lord grows," Acts 6:7,12:24, 19:20, this NT scholar provides a framework to in Franzman's words: "wear a path through my NT both historically and theologically." Wonderfully he achieves his goal.

I truly cut my NT teeth using this book as that map and still turn to it often to get my bearings. Each NT book is covered by isagogical matters, who wrote it, when, theological meaning, outline.

To provide a faint taste of this man's skill with words, this offering on the historical character of the NT: "The apostles are not religious geniuses, whose insights enrich and enlarge accumulated religious stores of mankind. They are recipients of revelation, witnesses to a Person and an act in history - and this Person and this act completely overshadow and dominate them. They are important, not for themselves, but for what they bear witness to."

Highly recommended!


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