Those confused by the various new analyses of in the New Testament so different from what was taught in so-called will profit particularly from this competent the New Testament as a living proclamation. basis for the presentation. Father Hermann historical fact. they must be and have to be perceived. (which he distinguishes from being origin of Christianity as encountered in the New Testament. He describes what ""understanding"" means, the language of the mythological symbolism in the Bible, the Bible's testimony to faith, interpretation and penetration in terms of what all these signify for the present and future. Special emphasis is placed on the mutual relationship of Bible and Church which the author sees as the sign posts which point out the path to Jesus. Father Hermann has made a valuable contribution to helping non-experts see the New Testament as the live blueprint it was intended to be for every generation.