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Theological Interpretation of the New Testament: A Book-by-Book Survey

ISBN: 9781441250070

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This convenient text utilizes material from the award-winning Dictionary for Theological Interpretation of the Bible (DTIB) to introduce you to the Bible and theological interpretation through a comprehensive book-by-book survey of the New Testament. The articles, authored by respected scholars, make unique contributions to the study of theological interpretation of Scripture.

Theological Interpretation of the New Testament provides a history of interpretation and covers major theological ideas for each book of the New Testament. It will serve as an excellent supplementary text in New Testament or Bible survey courses and be appreciated by all students of the New Testament.

Resource Experts
  • Responds to two crises precipitated by Enlightenment and post-Enlightenment developments in biblical interpretation
  • Provides examples of best interpretative practice
  • Focuses on the message rather than the historical background of the New Testament
  • Highlights special problems and contributions that particular books of the Bible make with regard to doctrine and theology
  • Discusses what each book contributes to Scripture as a whole and how its place in the canon affects its interpretation
  • Introduction: What Is Theological Interpretation of the Bible?
  • Matthew
  • Mark
  • Luke
  • John
  • Acts
  • Romans
  • 1 Corinthians
  • 2 Corinthians
  • Galatians
  • Ephesians
  • Philippians
  • Colossians
  • 1 Thessalonians
  • 2 Thessalonians
  • 1 Timothy
  • 2 Timothy
  • Titus
  • Philemon
  • Hebrews
  • James
  • 1 Peter
  • 2 Peter
  • Johannine Epistles
  • Jude
  • Revelation (“The Apocalypse of Saint John the Divine”)

Top Highlights

“Those who seek to interpret Scripture theologically want to hear the word of God in Scripture and hence to be transformed by the renewing of their minds (Rom. 12:2).” (Page 20)

“It is much easier to decide either to go along with everything in the world or to reject everything in the world than to work out a mature, wise, and discriminating path of loyalty to Jesus as Lord amid the pressures and problems of life and society.” (Page 136)

“Third, the evangelistic speeches in Acts focus on the resurrection of Jesus, suggesting a corrective to today’s evangelistic message and preaching.” (Page 81)

“Theological interpretation of the Bible is not an imposition of a theological system or confessional grid onto the biblical text.” (Page 14)

“Systematic theology must take into account the tension between human responsibility and external influences in the matter of sin just as in the matter of repentance and faith.” (Page 31)

The quality of the individual essays is high, the New Testament scholarship is exemplary. . . . The book might function very well in an introductory class at the first professional level of seminary education interested in acquainting students with the theological texture of the books of the New Testament.

Erik Heen, Review of Biblical Literature

A welcome addition to the literature devoted to the academic study of the New Testament. . . . The book succeeds in offering a concern for the critical and historical agenda of modern biblical studies coupled with a positive affirmation of post-modern scepticism concerning dispassionate objectivity. This book and its Old Testament twin are valuable additions to the broader field of biblical studies.

—Andrew Cheatle, Theological Book Review

[Theological Interpretation of the New Testament (TINT)] is a helpful resource for anyone seeking a better understanding of the New Testament writings. Along with supplying a concise summary of the dominant theological themes, TINT provides beneficial overviews of the history of interpretation that assist in identifying the most crucial interpretive issues related to each book.

—Michael L. Bryant, Southwestern Journal of Theology

This book conveniently collects the articles on each NT book, as written for the Dictionary for Theological Interpretation of the Bible. After Vanhoozer’s useful brief introduction to theological interpretation, the collection proceeds in canonical order with an excellent set of contributors. . . . Everything in here is worth reading. It is a very useful book to have on the shelf.

Peter Oakes, Journal for the Study of the New Testament

  • Title: Theological Interpretation of the New Testament: A Book-by-Book Survey
  • General Editor: Kevin J. Vanhoozer
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Pages: 272
  • Resource Type: Topical
  • Topic: Theology
Kevin J. Vanhoozer

Kevin J. Vanhoozer (PhD, Cambridge University) is a research professor of systematic theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He also served as Blanchard professor of theology at the Wheaton College and Graduate School (2009–2012) and senior lecturer in theology and religious studies at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland (1990–98). He is the author of ten books, including Faith Speaking Understanding: Performing the Drama of Doctrine and Biblical Authority after Babel: Retrieving the Solas in the Spirit of Mere Protestant Christianity—both Christianity Today Theology Books of the Year (2015, 2017). He serves on the editorial board of the International Journal of Systematic Theology, Journal for Theological Interpretation, and Pro Ecclesia and was the North American consultant for the second edition of the New Dictionary of Theology (IVP). He is married and has two daughters (and his doctoral students). He is an amateur classical pianist and avid reader, finding that music and literature help him integrate academic theology and spiritual formation into his everyday life.


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