The Individual Witness (#01 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 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.
- The Overture: The Grand Story In Miniature
- Prologue: Blueprints And Bylaws
- 1 Jesus: The Alpha And Omega Of New Testament Thought
- 2 Paul The Paradigm Setter
- 3 The Kinsmen And Their Redeemer; Peter And His Principles
- 4 The Anonymous Famous Preacher
- 5 Beloved Theology And Ethics
- 6 One-eyed Gospels
- 7 The End Of All Things And The Beginning Of The Canon