New Testament Theology and Ethics
All too often, argues Ben Witherington, the theology of the New Testament has been divorced from its ethics, leaving as isolated abstractions what are fully integrated, dynamic elements within the New Testament itself. As Witherington stresses, "behavior affects and reinforces...
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All too often, argues Ben Witherington, the theology of the New Testament has been divorced from its ethics, leaving as isolated abstractions what are fully integrated, dynamic elements within the New Testament itself. As Witherington stresses, "behavior affects and reinforces or undoes belief."Having completed commentaries on all of the New Testament books, a remarkable feat in itself, Witherington now offers the first of a two-volume set on the theological and ethical thought world of the New Testament. The first volume looks at the individual witnesses, while the second examines the collective witness.The New Testament, says Ben Witherington, is "like a smallish choir. All are singing the same cantata, but each has an individual voice and is singing its own parts and notes. If we fail to pay attention to all the voices in the choir, we do not get the entire effect... . If this first volume is about closely analyzing the sheet music left to us by which each musician's part is delineated, the second volume will attempt to re-create what it might have sounded like had they ever gotten together and performed their scores to produce a single masterful cantata."What the New Testament authors have in mind, Witherington contends, is that all believers should be conformed in thought, word and deed to the image of Jesus Christ--the indelible image.
Ben Witherington III (Ph.D., University of Durham, England) is Amos Professor of New Testament for Doctoral Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky, and is on the doctoral faculty at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland
He is the author of many books on the New Testament, including Women and the Genesis of Christianity (Cambridge University Press); Jesus the Sage (Fortress Press); The Jesus Quest (InterVarsity Press) and The Paul Quest (InterVarsity Press). With Hershel Shanks he is coauthor of The Brother of Jesus (HarperSanFrancisco), a book on the controversial James ossuary. A frequent contributor to Beliefnet.com, Witherington has also appeared on numerous TV news programs such as Dateline, 60 Minutes, 20/20 and the Peter Jennings ABC special Jesus and Paul--The Word and the Witness.
Dr Witherington has written a commentary on every book of the New Testament in a wide variety of series.
- All Too Often, Argues Ben Witherington, The Theology Of The New Testament Has Been Divorced From Its Ethics, Leaving As Isolated Abstractions What Are Fully Integrated, Dynamic Elements Within The New Testament Itself. As Witherington Stresses, "behavior Affects And Reinforces Or Undoes Belief."having Completed Commentaries On All Of The New Testament Books, A Remarkable Feat In Itself, Witherington Now Offers The First Of A Two-volume Set On The Theological And Ethical Thought World Of The New Testament. The First Volume Looks At The Individual Witnesses, While The Second Examines The Collective Witness.the New Testament, Says Ben Witherington, Is "like A Smallish Choir. All Are Singing The Same Cantata, But Each Has An Individual Voice And Is Singing Its Own Parts And Notes. If We Fail To Pay Attention To All The Voices In The Choir, We Do Not Get The Entire Effect... . If This First Volume Is About Closely Analyzing The Sheet Music Left To Us By Which Each Musician's Part Is Delineated, The Second Volume Will Attempt To Re-create What It Might Have Sounded Like Had They Ever Gotten Together And Performed Their Scores To Produce A Single Masterful Cantata."what The New Testament Authors Have In Mind, Witherington Contends, Is That All Believers Should Be Conformed In Thought, Word And Deed To The Image Of Jesus Christ--the Indelible Image.
- <strong>the Overture: The Grand Story Of The Divine Image</strong>
- <strong>prologue: Guiding Principles For New Testament Theology And Ethics</strong>
- Why Privilege The New Testament Documents?the Role Of Divine Revelation In New Testament Theology And Ethics Problems With Reader-response Criticism And Canonical Interpretation The Relation Of Biblical Theology To New Testament Theology Problems With Postmodern Interpretationthe Importance Of Original Context Problems With The Intentional Fallacy Theorythe Meaning Of The New Testament Texts And Their Significance For Us Todaythe Relation Of New Testament Theology And Ethics To Later Theological And Ethical Formulationsthe Importance Of Genrenew Testament Theology And Ethics And The Christian Bible History And The Story Of The New Testament The Christological Indicative And Imperative Historical Jesus Versus Christ Of Faith? The Role Of Intellect And Imagination In New Testament Theology And Ethics
- <strong>1 Jesus: The Alpha And Omega Of New Testament Thought</strong>
- Beginning With Jesus Jesus In Historical Context: Early Jewish Messianism The Person And Identity Of Jesus Beginning With Jesus For New Testament Ethicssummary
- <strong>2 Paul: The Paradigm Setter Of New Testament Thought</strong>
- Paul’s Narrative Thought World: The Contemporary Discussion Five Stories That Shaped Paul’s Worldview The Eschatological Worldviews Of Jesus And Paulrighteousness, Salvation, And Election In Pauline Thought The New Perspective On Paullast Adam Christology In The Pauline Corpuspaul’s Ethicsummary
- <strong>3 Jude, James, And Peter: Bridging The Ministry Of Jesus And The Apostolic Church</strong>
- Who Were James And Jude? Jude: Theology And Ethics In Issues Of Heresy And Apostasy James: The Theology And Ethics Of Impartiality 1 Peter: Theological And Ethical Principles For Suffering Christians Summary
- <strong>4 Hebrews: "looking Unto Jesus" In The Pauline Tradition</strong>
- The Background Of Hebrewshebrews 1:1-4: A Christological Hymn Fragmenthebrews 1:5-14: Christ Contrasted With Angelshebrews 2:1-4: The Ethical Implications Of Christocentric Thinkinghebrews 2:5-18: Creative Christological Use Of The Psalmshebrews 4:14--5:10: Christ, The Human Heavenly High Priest Hebrews 5:11--6:12: The Possibility Of Apostasy Hebrews 7--10: Christ As High Priest Revisitedhebrews 11--12: In Praise Of Faithsummary
- <strong>5 John: Eyewitness Testimony From "the One Whom Jesus Loved"</strong>
- Historical Issues In The Johannine Corpus1 John: The Sermon Of The Beloved Disciple2-3 John: Fighting Heresy And Schism In The Johannine Community The Gospel Of John: God’s Wisdom Made Flesh
- <strong>6 Mark, Matthew, And Luke-acts: Retrospective Portraits Of Jesus And His Gospel</strong>
- The Gospel Of Mark: Jesus As Exorcist, Seer, Christ, Son Of God The Gospel Of Matthew: Immanuel, God’s Wisdom Walking Among Usluke-acts: A Two-volume Chronicle Of Salvation History
- <strong>7 Revelation And 2 Peter: Transitioning From The Apostolic To Postapostolic Church</strong>
- The Book Of Revelation: Following The Slain But Triumphant Lamb2 Peter: Weaving Together The Apostolic Traditionrewind: A Brief Synopsis Of Volume One
- Subject Index Name Index Scripture Index