Reading the New Testament as a work of literature presents many challenges. This is because of its collective nature. Each writer asserts their independence and resists being grouped with the others. ‘The New Testament, bound’ looks at the New Testament as a whole rather than as discrete parts, and analyses the challenges of doing this. The word Bible derives from the plural Greek noun, biblia, which means books. How was the New Testament formed? To read the New Testament as a single document would mean viewing it as a mosaic, with the various books functioning as tiles. A close up viewing is almost, but not completely, impossible.