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New Testament Theology and Its Quest for Relevance: Ancient Texts and Modern Readers

ISBN: 9780567500908
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New Testament theology raises many questions, not only within its own boundaries, but also in relation to other fields such as history, literary criticism, sociology, psychology, history, politics, philosophy, and religious studies. But, the overarching question concerns the relevance of two thousand year old writings in today's world. How does one establish what is and is not relevant in the New Testament? How does one communicate the ancient ideas, presented in an alien language, alien time, and alien culture to a contemporary audience?

This book is intended to serve as a methodological introduction to the field of New Testament theology, aimed at a range of readers—undergraduate and Seminary students, clergy, and laypersons interested in the relevance of Scripture. It is a guide which aims to help readers understand how practitioners of New Testament theology have wrestled with the relationship between historical reconstruction of the New Testament and its interpretation in the modern world.

  • Focuses on the relevance of the New Testament to the modern world
  • Introduces New Testament theology for a variety of readers
  • References other theological texts
  • New Testament Theology in Theory
    • What Is New Testament Theology?
    • Foundationalist Flaws
  • New Testament Theology in Practice
    • New Testament Theology and the History of Biblical Interpretation
    • Foundationalist structuring of New Testament Theology
    • Dialectical Structuring of New Testament Theology
  • New Testament Theology in a Pluralistic Age
    • Religion and Theology: The New Conversation
    • New Testament Theology as a Dialectical Process: An Exercise in Mythmaking
In what is perhaps the most exhaustive and painstaking review of the subdiscipline to date … Hatina is concerned with relevance: Will the message of the New Testament have any value or relevance in the twenty-first century not only to people of faith but for society at large? … This massive survey should be essential reading for anyone working in New Testament theology. Even if one disagrees with Hatina's final resolution of the problem, the treatment of the primary issues is comprehensive, fair, and incisive.

Gary M. Burge, Wheaton, Illinois, Review of Biblical Literature

Hatina has provided a succinct survey and evaluation of the discipline. … [This book] offers a way forward that draws on the best aspects of both past and current scholarship in many fields, seeks to engage contemporary culture and religious studies in a way that offers the NT theologian a voice in the public sphere, and finds its ultimate expression in the Church that is seeking justice in the world.

Frank E. Dicken, Lincoln Christian University, USA, Stone-Campbell Journal

Hatina is dealing thoughtfully and respectfully with a question of immense contemporary importance.

The Heythrop Journal

  • Title: New Testament Theology and Its Quest for Relevance: Ancient Texts and Modern Readers
  • Author: Thomas R. Hatina
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury
  • Print Publication Date: 2013
  • Logos Release Date: 2014
  • Pages: 288
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subjects: Bible. N.T. › Theology; Theology, doctrinal
  • ISBN: 9780567500908
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2019-10-03T22:58:51Z

In the Logos edition, this digital volume is enhanced by amazing functionality. Scripture citations link directly to English Bible translations, and important terms link to a wealth of other resources in your digital library, including tools for original languages, dictionaries, encyclopedias, commentaries, and theology texts. Perform powerful searches to find exactly what you’re looking for. Take the discussion with you using tablet and mobile apps. With Logos Bible Software, the most efficient and comprehensive research tools are in one place, so you get the most out of your study.

Thomas Hatina (Ph.D, Bristol University) is Chair of the Religious Studies Department at Trinity Western University in Langley, Canada.


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