Theology of the New Testament Hardback
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Theology of the New Testament
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Theology of the New Testament was published by Baker in January 2010 and is our 49897th best seller. The ISBN for Theology of the New Testament is 9780801036040.
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Theology of the New TestamentChris Moore, via The Good Book Stall
Originally published in German in 2007, Schnelle’s Theology of the New Testament has been translated by Eugene Boring and has brought the German Professor’s thought to a wider audience. As a result the non-German speaker has the valuable opportunity to engage with a stream of thought which is quite often divergent from English speaking scholarship, particularly that of British academics. This fact is borne out by the preponderance of German language texts in the Bibliography.
Schnelle has organised his Theology into a number of sections. He begins by discussing the issue of history and its use in the formation of meaning before turning to the issue of how any ‘historical Jesus’ might arise from the New Testament.
After these introductory issues, the bulk of the writing is grouped around four ‘transformations’ experienced by the burgeoning Christian understanding. Firstly, a Christology begins to emerge informed by the resurrection appearances and experience of the Spirit. This leads to a re-reading of the Old Testament in the light of this understanding. The second transformation is an understanding of mission without the necessity of circumcision which leads to a discussion of Paul. The third transformation is the compilation of the Gospels in response to various crises, with a discussion of sources. The final transformation is entitled ‘The Gospel in the World’ and is followed with sections on the Deutero-Pauline epistles, the Catholic epistles, Johannine theology and Revelation.
It will be clear from this structure that Schnelle is seeking to reconstruct a broadly chronological development in New Testament Theology, rather than carrying out a thematic investigation. This is a logical consequence of his reluctance to perceive of a unity within New Testament thought, and to prefer a variety of thoughts. There is also little consideration given to the relationship between the Old and New Testaments, and to broader Second Temple Judaism. It is in this point that his work does not follow recent trends within English speaking New Testament Theology and, of course, the broader Biblical Theology field.
All in all, this is a useful book and one which will serve as a counterpoint to much recent New Testament Theology, as well as a good introduction to recent German scholarship. At almost 900 pages, it is not a short read but one would imagine readers dipping into various chapters.
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|Page last updated||14th October 2016|
|Publisher||Baker (January 2010)|
|Number of Pages||896|