Studying the theology of the New Testament can be a daunting task, even to the knowledgeable Bible student or pastor. Each of the twenty-seven books, written by various authors, has its own theological emphasis and nuances. How do we elicit a coherent message from such theological diversity, especially given that some of the theological statements in the New Testament seem to be at odds with one another? Is such an endeavor achievable or even valid?
Theology of the New Testament takes a balanced approach in response to these challenges. Frank Thielman presents a theology of the New Testament that is careful to take into account the cultural and historical circumstances surrounding each book and the New Testament as a whole. He not only examines each book’s theological content individually, but also in relation to the rest of the New Testament, particularly within each of the three theological units that comprise the New Testament: the gospels and Acts, the Pauline epistles, and the general epistles and Revelation.
“God’s graciousness toward his weak and sinful creatures fills both these criteria.” (Page 232)
“All three major groups in the gospel—the populace, the antagonistic Jewish leaders, and the disciples—from the beginning of the gospel to its conclusion want to know who Jesus is. Mark’s gospel was written, in part, to provide an answer.” (Page 58)
“The first problem, it is said, is an unhealthy blend in the discipline of dogmatics with historical concerns.” (Page 19)
“Second, some early Christians probably understood the theological variation among the four gospels as advantageous because it demonstrated that the one gospel of Jesus Christ was richer in its implications than any single expression of it could fully grasp.” (Page 52)
“First, the plurality of the gospels was just as important in preventing heresy as acknowledging the one gospel that lay behind all four gospels.” (Page 52)
An accessible presentation of the key theological points of the New Testament books by an accomplished New Testament scholar and teacher. Its clear style, lucid organization, and sound theological insight make it a prime resource for serious students in both the academy and the church.
Karen H. Jobes, PhD Associate Professor of New Testament, Westmont College
Frank Thielman’s Theology of the New Testament is an outstanding achievement. The book is marked by scholarly depth, exegetical rigor, and theological profundity. Both students and professors will profit immensely from this lucid treatment of the theology contained in the New Testament documents.
Thomas R. Schreiner Professor of New Testament, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
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