Dr. Bauman's reputation as a writer in the religious field has already been established by two previous volumes, but this book outstrips the former efforts both in ambition and in effectiveness. The author's basic purpose was to write a text-book on the New Testament for use by college-level television courses throughout the country. What he has in fact done is give us that rarest of writings -- a book which is sound in scholarship, wide in appeal, well-planned as a teaching tool, and always with an evangelical flavor that prods the reader to go to the New Testament and learn some more. The arrangement of the book is especially valuable. At the beginning of each book of the New Testament (arranged chronologically) there is a background discussion, which is followed by a real treatment of several more difficult critical problems, and then by an outline of the contents. This book cannot be read in lieu of the New Testament, but anyone who absorbs it will make his way through the Christian writings with a fresh understanding of that which he reads.