Is there a single message of the New Testament?
Theologians seek to bring coherence to the diverse teachings and approaches found in the New Testament, but this is no simple task. While the New Testament writers are clearly all concerned with the story and significance of Jesus, the New Testament itself is a collection of twenty-seven books written by at least nine different authors who address individuals or groups in several different locations over a number of years. This variety offers a challenge, yet also adds richness to our understanding of the Christian faith and its fundamental beliefs.
Envisioning a roundtable conversation among the New Testament writers, Derek Tidball reveals how much these authors have in common while permitting them to emphasize their distinct contributions in articulating the message of good news. The result of eavesdropping on their imagined discussion is a fascinating introduction to the diversity and unity of the New Testament.
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Table of Contents
1. Introducing the Conversation
2. The Common Thread of the New Testament: The Good News
3. What Is the Source of the Good News?
4. Why Is Good News Needed?
5. Who Is Jesus, the Messiah?
6. How Was Jesus Good News?
7. What Does Jesus Offer Now? The Good News Today
8. How Do We Make the Good News Our Own?
9. What Does It Mean to Live as a Good News People?
10. What Does the Good News Say About the Future?