Christian formation/Holistic care

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Reflections on Powell’s Book on the New Testament The book, “Introducing the New Testament: A Historical, Literary and Theological Survey” by Mark Allan Powell (2009) is a very informative and valuable book for students of religious studies. To me, it is a treasure trove of knowledge and wisdom compiled by the author and shared to his readers with the intention of knowing and appreciating the word of God more.


The author provided readers with useful tools as reference, including splendid pictures and magnificent artwork that made the New Testament more vivid in their minds. Powell was successful in transporting his readers to the time when Jesus walked the earth. His attempt at luring readers through art and maps was fruitful that I, personally, wanted to consume more learning that his book offered. The history lessons of the various faiths that have become current religions were also very useful in understanding the New Testament. Very well-written, the author made me realize how living in New Testament times may seem strange to us modern people due to all the events that may seem absurd to us such as the unexplicable miracles and parables that can be profound to interpret. At the same time, our current practices may likewise be unfathomable to those ancient people, such as the healing methods we practice today. Jesus performed miracles for healing with his bare hands and a whisper of prayer to God, but nowadays, tools and equipment and a whole lot of chemicals are needed to perform certain medical procedures for treatment and healing. As a nursing student, this was top of mind for me. ...
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