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The New Testament and Criticism


Eerdmans 1967

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One unfortunate consequence of the bitter fundamentalist-modernist controversy which raged in the early twenties has been the strongly negative attitude toward biblical criticism assumed by some of the successors to the fundamentalists of the 1920s. Such people, according to Professor George Eldon Ladd, insist that the critical method is basically hostile to the evangelical faith, and they have continued to oppose any use of it. Others, however, claiming the same heritage, believe that the orthodox interpretation of the Gospel can be defended positively and constructively only with the aid of a sound critical method and the results of critical scholarship.

The author believes that an evangelical biblical criticism is not only possible but necessary. The central thesis of his book is that “the Bible is the Word of God given in the words of men in history,” and as such its historical origins must be reconstructed as far as possible. In this way a richer understanding of the Scriptures can be achieved. The New Testament and Criticism provides the serious student of the Scriptures with valuable guidelines for such an understanding.

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Key Features

  • Provides valuable guidelines for the understanding of Scripture
  • Discusses the necessity of evangelical biblical criticism


  • How Is the Bible the Word of God?
  • What Is Criticism?
  • Textual Criticism
  • Linguistic Criticism
  • Literary Criticism
  • Form Criticism
  • Historical Criticism
  • Comparative Religions Criticism

Praise for the Print Edition

Ladd has done well what he set out to do: to show those on the right the values to critical study and to give pause to some on the left in their methodology.


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About George Eldon Ladd

George Eldon Ladd (1911–1982) was a Baptist minister and New Testament scholar. Born in Alberta, Canada, Ladd was educated at Gordon Divinity School (now Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) and Harvard, where he received his PhD in classics under preeminent New Testament scholar Henry J. Cadbury. Ordained in the Northern Baptist Convention in 1933, Ladd pastored three churches in New England for nine years. From there he went on to teach New Testament at Gordon and at Fuller Theological Seminary, where he taught New Testament for 30 years. The author of 14 books and a number of important articles, Ladd is mainly known for his works on eschatology. His publications include The Last Things: An Eschatology for Laymen and A Theology of the New Testament.

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