New Testament Theology and Ethics (Vol 2)
: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."Previously published as The Indelible Image, Volume 2, Witherington offers the second 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.
- :list Of Tables And Figuresrewind: A Brief Synopsis Of Volume Oneprolegomena: Is New Testament Theology Or Ethics Possible
- 1 Preliminary Considerations: From Symbolic Universe To Story To Theology2 The Symbolic Universe Of Jesus And The New Testament Writers3 The Narrative Thought World Of Jesus And The New Testament Writers4 The New Testament Consensus Of The Christ5 The New Testament Consensus On God The Father6 The New Testament Consensus On The Person Of The Holy Spirit7 The New Testament Consensus On Salvation And The End Of All Things8 New Testament Ethics: Preliminary Considerations9 The Ethics Of Jesus And Its Influence On New Testament Writers10 Ethics For Jewish Christians: Matthew, John, James, Jude, Hebrews, 1-3 John, 1 Peter, Revelation11 Ethics For Gentile Christians Part One: Paul's Letters12 Ethics For Gentile Christians Part Two: Mark, Luke, And 2 Peter13 Coda: Integrating The Old And New Testament Thought Worlds And Moving Forward To Biblical Theology
- Subject Index
- Scripture Index