A Concise New Testament Theology is an abridgment of I. Howard Marshall's celebrated and award-winning New Testament Theology: Many Witnesses, One Gospel. This condensed version packages for students and laypeople the luminous considered conclusions and insights of one of the most respected evangelical New Testament scholars of our day. It is the perfect entrance into New Testament theology, and its author-by-author approach will also make it an attractive supplement for courses in New Testament survey or introduction.
“The dominant theme of Mark is Jesus as the Messiah and Son of God, who proclaims the kingdom and acts it out in ways that express who he is.” (Page 27)
“The main theme of the Gospel is the identity of Jesus in his relationship to the kingdom of God.” (Page 31)
“The focus of the New Testament writings is to be found in their presentation of Jesus as the Savior and Lord sent by God, through whom he is acting to bring salvation to the world. More specifically, they are the documents of a mission. The subject matter is not Jesus in himself (or God in himself), but Jesus in his role as Savior and Lord. New Testament theology is essentially missionary theology. The documents came into being as the result of a two-part mission: first, the mission of Jesus, sent by God to inaugurate his kingdom; then, the mission of Jesus’ followers, called to continue his work by proclaiming him as Lord and Savior and calling people to faith and ongoing commitment to him, as a result of which his church grows.” (Page 14)
“The theological emphases in this Gospel arrange themselves naturally around the broad theme of God’s purpose to bring salvation to Jews and Gentiles alike through the activity of his missionary agent, Jesus, who functions as prophet and Messiah. If Jesus is a prophet in Luke, he is more of a teacher in Matthew. Where Mark and Matthew present Jesus’ message more in terms of the kingdom of God/heaven, Luke has a more salvific thrust.” (Page 54)
“The kingdom of God. The kingdom of God is the main theme in Jesus’ teaching.” (Page 27)