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The Indelible Image: The Theological and Ethical Thought World of the New Testament, Volume 2: The Collective Witness

, 2010
ISBN: 9780830867134
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In this second of two volumes, Ben Witherington explores the symbolic universe and the narrative thought world shared by all the New Testament writers, in an effort to discern how they might synthesize the theology and ethics within the New Testament as a whole. He proceeds by addition, looking first at the theology and ethics of Jesus and seeing how the New Testament writers add to and reinforce what they find there and also what they later de-emphasize. The result is that readers are able to soak in the thought world of the New Testament writers, learning to think with them in terns that do not separate theology from ethics, doctrine from discipleship. This integrated perspective offers fresh insights and an innovative approach to the whole of the New Testament.

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Key Features

  • Explores the narrative thought world shared by all the New Testament writers
  • Considers the theology and ethics of Jesus
  • Offers fresh insights to the whole of the New Testament

Praise for the Print Edition

By insisting that theology be placed in conversation with ethics, Witherington offers numerous insights on the necessary intersection of faith and works, church and society. He and I may disagree on the particulars of Jewish tradition and women’s roles in antiquity, but I have learned much from his canonically comprehensive, evangelically committed, historically informed and engagingly presented way of doing theology.

—Amy-Jill Levine, professor of New Testament Studies, Vanderbilt Divinity School

Ben Witherington is a skilled historical exegete who has, probably uniquely in our generation, pursued his passion for the theological and ethical message of the New Testament through commentaries on every one of the New Testament books. Now he has given us a summation that is even more unusual—a New Testament theology that allows to every one of those books a voice that really counts. A magnificent climax to Witherington’s work.

Richard Bauckham, Emeritus Professor, University of St. Andrews

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About Ben Witherington

Ben Witherington III (PhD, University of Durham, England) is Professor of New Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. He is the author of many books on the New Testament, including Women and the Genesis of Christianity, Jesus the Sage, The Jesus Quest and The Paul Quest. A frequent contributor to Beliefnet.com, Witherington has also appeared on numerous TV news programs such as Dateline, 60 Minutes, 20/20 and the Peter Jennings ABC special Jesus and Paul—The Word and the Witness

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Top Highlights

“This is exactly correct. Human beings are supposed to be the ‘image’ or ‘reflection’ of the character of God on earth” (Page 737)

“What the text meant in the first century is still what it means today, though it may have different implications, applications, and significance for us in our time.” (Page 17)

“Here, in summary form, are the formative narratives that I see Paul grounded in, reflecting on, and using. They are five interwoven stories comprising one large drama: (1) the story of God, the one who existed before all worlds and made them; (2) the story of the world gone wrong in Adam; (3) the story of God’s people in that world, from Abraham to Moses and beyond; (4) the story of the Jewish messiah, the Christ, which arises out of the story of both humankind and of Israel, but in fact arises out of the larger story of God as creator and redeemer; (5) the story of Christians, including Paul himself, which arises out of the second, third, and fourth stories.” (Page 135)

“Johannes Bengel long ago: ‘Apply the whole of yourself to the text [not just your intellectual curiosity], and apply the whole of the text to yourself.’” (Page 17)

“The Spirit not only inspires prophetic speech, but also conveys wisdom, faith, grace, and the power to perform miracles” (Page 360)

Ben Witherington III

Ben Witherington III (PhD, University of Durham) is Jean R. Amos Professor of New Testament for Doctoral Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary. A prominent evangelical scholar, he is also on the doctoral faculty at St. Andrews University in Scotland. Witherington has written over forty books, including The Jesus Quest and The Paul Quest, both of which were selected as top biblical studies works by Christianity Today. His other works include The Indelible Image, Women and the Genesis of ChristianityThe Gospel CodeA Week in the Life of Corinth and commentaries on the entire New Testament. He also writes for many church and scholarly publications and is a frequent contributor to Patheos and Beliefnet. Witherington is an elected member of the prestigious Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas, a society dedicated to New Testament studies. He is a John Wesley Fellow for Life, a research fellow at Cambridge University and a member of numerous professional organizations, including the Society of Biblical Literature, Society for the Study of the New Testament and the Institute for Biblical Research. He previously taught at institutions like Ashland Theological Seminary, Vanderbilt University, Duke Divinity School and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. An ordained pastor in the United Methodist Church and a popular lecturer, Witherington has presented seminars for churches, colleges and biblical meetings around the world. He has led numerous study tours through the lands of the Bible and is known for bringing the text to life through incisive historical and cultural analysis. Along with many interviews on radio and television networks across the country, Witherington has been seen in programs such as 60 Minutes, 20/20, Dateline and the Peter Jennings ABC special Jesus and Paul—The Word and the Witness


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  1. Marco Ceccarelli
    It says there are 838 pages, but it's not true. Infact, the indexes have not been included. This is a major lack! I hope Logos will provide (soon) an update for it. The same for the first volume
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