The crowning achievement for students of the New Testament is to grasp the whole while discerning the parts, to derive contemporary theological meaning without compromising historical accuracy, to respect the integrity of the ancient texts while interpreting validly within the structures of modern and postmodern consciousness. But how is it possible to communicate the diversely expressed faith of ancient Mediterranean fishermen and tentmakers in a crucified Jewish messiah to the academy and the church of the globalized and pluralized twenty-first century?
In Theology of the New Testament, Udo Schnelle—master teacher, deft exegete, committed churchman, and fully attuned contemporary intellectual—takes up this challenge with extraordinary energy and intelligence. The result is a capstone volume that puts all the pieces together both for students who read it straight through and for professors, theologians, pastors, and others who work through it at their own pace. For all who read it, the book will become a standard reference, a reliable source not only for summaries of particular New Testament books and topics but also for a refreshed and deepened perception of how a transcendent message has been uttered through temporally and spatially fixed actions and words.
This translation, by M. Eugene Boring, prepared by a leading American scholar who knows the author well and shares similar qualifications and commitments, achieves the literary quality of an original English composition while conveying accurately the sense of the original German and adding bibliographic adaptations for English-language readers.
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- Introduces readers to key theological themes in each section of the New Testament
- Explains the relationship between theology, history, and revelation
- Lengthy bibliography
- Indexes on subjects, Greek words and phrases, modern authors, and ancient sources
- All Scripture references linked to the Bibles in your library
- Approach: Theology of the New Testament as Meaning-Formation
- Structure: History and Meaning
- Jesus of Nazareth: The Near God
- The First Transformation: The Emergence of Christology
- The Second Transformation: The Early Christian Mission without the Precondition of Circumcision
- Paul: Missionary and Thinker
- The Third Transformation: Composition of Gospels as Innovative Response to Crises
- The Sayings Source, the Synoptic Gospels, and Acts: Meaning through Narration
- The Fourth Transformation: The Gospel in the World
- The Deutero-Pauline Letters: Paul’s Thought Extended
- The Catholic Epistles: Voices in Dangerous Times
- Johannine Theology: Introduction to the Christian Faith
- Revelation: Seeing and Understanding
Praise for the Print Edition
Schnelle’s Theology of the New Testament is, in my view, perhaps the most methodologically sophisticated and theologically significant contribution to the genre in the past twenty years. ‘Jesus of Nazareth: The Near God’ is the common center for his informed and insightful elaboration of the thought of New Testament theology in the context of a contemporary understanding of reality. The author’s critical acumen and theological sensitivity, as well as his obvious control of both primary and secondary literature, make this book a necessary addition to the library of every serious student of the New Testament and an ideal text for advanced courses.
—David E. Aune, Walter Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins, University of Notre Dame
A magnificent achievement. Udo Schnelle’s Theology of the New Testament comprises philosophical reflection, reconstruction of earliest Christian thought, and a history of biblical interpretation. At heart, however, the volume offers meticulous analysis of the New Testament’s varied constituents. The exegesis is well balanced; the conclusions, sound. Like its subject matter, this investigation gathers most of what is important from previous works and points the way toward a constructive future. Schnelle’s magnum opus will stand as one of the twenty-first century’s few indispensable works in the field.
—C. Clifton Black, Otto A. Piper Professor of Biblical Theology, Princeton Theological Seminary
Fresh, invigorating, enlightening, and occasionally provocative, this survey of New Testament theology serves well as a handbook of informed discussion of the crucial issues. With the confident hand of a seasoned scholar and a refreshing openness to the transcendent, Schnelle guides the reader book by book through the canon, using the familiar categories of systematic theology to ensure comprehensive coverage. Here is not only outstanding German scholarship but also an entry into contemporary German discussion via exceptionally rich footnotes.
—Donald A. Hagner, George Eldon Ladd Professor Emeritus of New Testament, Fuller Theological Seminary
- Title: Theology of the New Testament
- Author: Udo Schnelle
- Translator: M. Eugene Boring
- Publisher: Baker Academic
- Publication Date: 2007
- Pages: 912
About Udo Schnelle
Udo Schnelle (Dr.Theol., University of Göttingen) is professor of New Testament at the University of Halle in Germany. He is the author of numerous works, including Apostle Paul: His Life and Theology and History and Theology of the New Testament Writings, both translated by M. Eugene Boring.