Focusing on four of the main New Testament books containing most of the assigned lessons read in the 2019 lectionary lessons, this study aims to provide an overview of the historical situations, spiritual settings, and theological issues of the respective New Testament books read in the 2019 liturgies. The study does not interpret the particular lectionary gospel and letter lessons, but provides larger ancient and (post)modern contexts, backgrounds, controversies, and topics in the documents themselves. The books studied are the Gospel of Luke, the Gospel of John, I Corinthians, and Hebrews. A strategy for reading each or any of these New Testament books devotionally during 2019 is laid out, and a list of additional reading on these books is provided. Led by The Rev. Hal Taussig.