The Collective Witness (#02 in Indelible Image 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...
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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 the first volume was) about closely analyzing the sheet music left to us by which each musician's part is delineated, (this second volume attempts) 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.^
In the second volume of his two-volume comprehensive overview of the theological and ethical thought world of the New Testament, Ben Witherington III focuses on the collective witness of New Testament writers--the convergences and divergences of their theological and ethical thought.
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 Figures
- Rewind: A Brief Synopsis Of Volume One
- Prolegomena: Is New Testament Theology Or Ethics Possible
- 1 Preliminary Considerations: From Symbolic Universe To Story To Theologizing
- 2 What Is The Symbolic Universe Of Jesus And The New Testament Writers?
- 3 The Narrative Thought World Of Jesus And The New Testament Writers
- 4 New Testament Theology: A Census Of The Christological Consensus
- 5 A Census Of The Consensus: The God Of The Old Testament As The Father Of Jesus And His Followers
- 6 A Census Of The Consensus: The Holy Spirit: God's Mighty Presence In Person
- 7 A Census Of The Consensus: Salvation Now And In The End
- 8 A Census Of The Consensus: New Testament Ethics--preliminary Considerations
- 9 A Census Of The Consensus: The Ethic Of Jesus And Its Influence On New Testament Writers
- 10 Ethics For Jewish Christians (matthew, John, James, Jude, Hebrews, 1-3 John, 1 Peter, Revelation
- 11 Ethics For Gentile Christians (paul's Letters)
- 12 Ethics For Gentile Christians (mark, Luke, And 2 Peter)
- 13 The Matrix Of Meaning--the Thought Worlds Of The Old Testament And New Testament And The Way Forward
- Subject Index
- Scripture Index