What Is New Testament Theology?

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This lucidly written volume by a prominent New Testament theologian not only describes how New Testament theology has been and is being done, but provides critiques of the major approaches from the past century. Especially important are his discussions of Rudolf Bultmann, Hendrikus Boers, N. T. Wright, and postmodernism. Beyond critique, Via offers his own proposals for doing New Testament theology.
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The "Guides to Biblical Scholarship" series aims to provide a popular presentation of major issues and developments in recent biblical scholarship. Here, Via (emeritus, Duke Divinity Sch.; The Ethics of Mark's Gospel) has written an updated version of a book of the same name by Hendrickus Boers that appeared in the series in 1979. Via examines major advances since then in the debate concerning the nature and structure of New Testament theology, especially regarding historical criticism, literary criticism, and existential interpretation. An introductory chapter discusses the contribution made by Boers's book, and Chapters 2 through 7 follow the same basic structure: Via presents a succinct overview of a significant issue (e.g., the objectivity of historical criticism, historical vs. hermeneutical structure, postmodernist interpretations) followed by a usually very brief but thorough overview of a dizzying array of contemporary scholars' contributions. At the end of each chapter, he summarizes the main issues and offers his evaluation. While constituting impressive scholarship, this book assumes too much of a general reader. It is geared to clergy or college students and is not recommended for public library purchase. Charlie Murray, C.S.S., Fordham Univ., NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780800632632
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/1/2002
  • Series: Guides to Biblical Scholarship Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 156
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.33 (d)

Table of Contents

1 The Legacy of Hendrikus Boers 1
2 The Structuring of New Testament Theology 7
3 New Testament Theology: Extra-textual or Textual? 25
4 New Testament Theology as a Historical Project 31
5 New Testament Theology as Historical and Hermeneutical 59
6 New Testament Theology as Hermeneutical: Postmodernism 95
7 Reprise: History, Hermeneutics, and Postmodernism 109
8 Conclusions 127
Works Cited 133
Author Index 145
Scripture Index 147
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