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I. Howard Marshall: I suppose that this question is really asking what New Testament theology is, and that is not an easy question to answer. What one can say is that all the New Testament authors are thinking and writing theologically whatever be the themes that they are addressing. What you are trying to do is to reconstruct the Christian beliefs that they must be presumed to have in order to write the things that they do. Similarly, you might try to reconstruct the political beliefs that shape the speeches of a politician, working back from what is explicit to what is implicit and gives content and coherence to the whole.
But then you have to go a bit further and ask whether the Christian beliefs of Paul, Luke, John and so on are essentially the same or diverse and even contradictory. A theology of the New Testament in the sense of a common body of belief held (with variations) by all the writers may be nothing more than a pious hope. Their views may have been so divergent that there is not enough of a common basis to warrant the name of "New Testament theology." I have tried to show that there is such a common core, while emphasizing that the different writers expressed and developed it in their own individual ways and at times not without problems (compare how Peter and Paul had a [in my opinion, temporary] difference of opinion, reflected in Galatians 2, and how James had to criticize what was probably a false understanding of Paul's theology). So a book on New Testament theology must exhibit the individual thinking of the various authors (and Jesus), show whether and how there is harmony between them, and bring out the particular nuances that may be peculiar to different writers.
Thorough and conclusive. Marshall covers each portion thoroughly, then compares it with the material previously addressed in the book. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Dennis
I'd not usually read this kind of book, being a fan of something that will pull me in instead of listening to arguments in my head. Read morePublished 18 months ago by H.L.C.
A thorough and thoughtful piece of scholarship, byt somewhat tedious for the average reader. I'll find it a valuable reference for future study.Published 19 months ago by Richard F Muth
no page number. You cannot quote. no detail of content. You should memorize the location of content that you read when you want to read again. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Yu Sun
This all- informative book contains valuable information by solving some of the mysteries of the New Testament. Read morePublished on January 1, 2013 by MovieWorshipper
We each have a mission to go out an gather other disciples of Christ. The theology of the New Testament explains how it all started and what we are to do within our mission.Published on July 10, 2012 by JT
This book was required text book for a New Testament Theology class. The author, in my opinion, offers an unbiased yet Christian review of the New Testament books both individually... Read morePublished on February 1, 2012 by FLSTSB
This is our text book, I found it very well written and easy to read.Published on February 11, 2010 by SO Oldfield
i think this book should be called a book on themes instead of theology. Marshall spends majority of his time on the thematic aspect of the New Testament and the words used by him... Read morePublished on June 30, 2009 by Michael Timothy Clark