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The Face of New Testament Studies: A Survey of Recent Research

ISBN: 9781441254481

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The Face of New Testament Studies brings together New Testament experts, including James D. G. Dunn, Bruce Chilton, David DeSilva, Craig Evans, Craig Blomberg, Darrell Bock, Sean Freyne, and Donald Hagner, to track developments in their particular fields of research and to explain why those developments are important. The twenty-two contributors survey recent research into the historical, social, and literary contexts of the New Testament, recent advances in textual criticism and Greek grammar, and current issues in the interpretation of each New Testament book.

This book will be a timely reference for students and scholars of the New Testament as well as for pastors and interested readers who want to bring their awareness of New Testament studies up to date.

Save more when you purchase this book as part of the Baker New Testament Studies Collection (14 Vols.)!

Praise for the Print Edition

This survey of recent New Testament research is very useful, giving an excellent overview of the development of scholarly New Testament work within the last decades, especially in the English-speaking world. It shows ways of sober and convincing exegesis but also warns of dangers like fashion, fancy, fundamentalism, and hypercriticism. The interested reader will receive plenty of valuable information.

—Martin Hengel, University of Tübingen

This book is a gold mine of up-to-date information on what is going on in current New Testament scholarship. Methods and specialization have proliferated to the point where pastors, students, and even professors are at a loss to keep abreast of the entire field. In twenty-two chapters, members of this international group of scholars provide fresh overviews of their areas of expertise. Written in a lucid, accessible style, this book will handsomely repay every reader.

—Jack Dean Kingsbury, Union Theological Seminary, Virginia

This excellent collection by a first-rate team of experts successfully orients readers to most of the major questions of the day. Although designed for students, it will also prove useful to scholars desirous of learning what has been going on outside their own narrow areas of specialization.

—Dale C. Allison, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

Discouraged over knowing more and more about less and less? Overwhelmed by the deluge of books and articles, all of which you should read by most of which you know you never will—even though they fall within your field of interest? If so, buy this book. It will tell you what’s happening in those innumerable other books and articles, and its authors form an all-star cast in their specialties. These essays are excellent for your education, both initial and continuing, in scholarly student of the New Testament.

—Robert H. Gundry, Westmont College

This excellent introduction to several important and often highly complex issues demonstrates the value of context for understanding the New Testament. Theological students, pastors, and most professors of biblical studies will profit from careful reading of this volume. The essays are well researched, relevant, and readable. I highly recommend this volume.

—Lee M. McDonald, Acadia Divinity College

Product Details

  • Title: The Face of New Testament Studies: A Survey of Recent Research
  • Editors: Scot McKnight and Grant R. Osborne
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Pages: 544

About the Editors

Scot McKnight is Karl A. Olsson Professor of Religious Studies at North Park University in Chicago, Illinois. He is the author or editor of numerous books, including Synoptic Gospels, in the Gospel Origins Collection (5 Vols.).

Grant R. Osborne is professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. He is the author of the Romans commentary in the IVP New Testament Commentary Series,the author of the Revelations commentary in the Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament (8 Vols.),and co-editor of The Life Application Bible Commentary New Testament.

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“That Jesus teaches the righteousness of the Torah, through his authoritative interpretation of it, can hardly be questioned. The great difference is that this activity is, by comparison, distinctly subordinate to his main purpose. Preoccupation with the Torah, the identifying characteristic of Judaism, necessarily gives way to the proclamation of the kingdom, the sacrifice on the cross, and the creation of a new people of God, consisting now of Jews and Gentiles. To these last matters we now turn.” (Page 272)

“Funk led the Jesus Seminar to a procedure of voting on the sayings and deeds of Jesus in four categories: authentic, probably authentic, probably inauthentic, and definitely inauthentic—and the vast majority of the Gospel materials fit into the last two categories.” (Page 160)

“The slide from peasant owner to tenant to day laborer was inexorable for many, thus giving rise to social resentment, debt, banditry, and in the case of women, prostitution.” (Page 30)

“If Cadbury’s 1937 book sounded the alarm about the tendency to modernize Jesus, it was Rudolf Bultmann’s History of the Synoptic Tradition that sounded out the rally cry to question both the historicity of the Gospels and the legitimacy for the historians to shape the foundations for theology and the gospel.” (Pages 153–154)

“In these instances, of course, it is not a matter of Jesus being disloyal to the law of Moses; rather, it is much more a matter of an incomparable, authoritative interpretation of the law that relativizes the law in the presence of the Messiah,15 who alone can bring it to its definitive interpretation.” (Page 268)


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