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Theology of the New Testament

Frank Thielman
Theology of the New Testament
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Theology of the New Testament

Frank Thielman

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This book serves the needs of serious students of the New Testament - whether teachers, pastors, scholars, or lay people - for both a brief theological orientation to each New Testament book and a theological overview of the New Testament as a whole.

Studying the theology of the New Testament can be a daunting task, even to the knowledgeable Bible student or pastor. Each of the twenty-seven books, written by various authors, has its own theological emphasis and nuances. How do we elicit a coherent message from such theological diversity, especially given that some of the theological statements in the New Testament seem to be at odds with one another? Is such an endeavour achievable or even valid?

Theology of the New Testament takes a balanced approach in response to these challenges. Frank Thielman presents a theology of the New Testament that is careful to take into account the cultural and historical circumstances surrounding each book and the New Testament as a whole. He not only examines each book's theological content individually, but also in relation to the rest of the New Testament, particularly within each of the three theological units that comprise the New Testament: the gospels and Acts, the Pauline epistles, and the general epistles and Revelation.

This canonical and synthetic approach honours both the theological diversity of the various books and the theological connections between the books. In the end, Thielman finds a unified theological vision of the New Testament, anchored in the centrality of Jesus Christ. 800 pages, from Zondervan.

"Frank Thielman's Theology of the New Testament is an outstanding achievement. The book is marked by scholarly depth, exegetical rigor, and theological profundity. Both students and professors will profit immensely from this lucid treatment of the theology contained in the New Testament documents."
- Thomas R. Schreiner, Professor of New Testament, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

"An accessible presentation of the key theological points of the New Testament books by an accomplished New Testament scholar and teacher. Its clear style, lucid organization, and sound theological insight make it a prime resource for serious students in both the academy and the church."
- Karen H. Jobes, PhD, Associate Professor of New Testament, Westmont College.



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- Publisher Theology of the New Testament Copyright 2005 by Frank Thielman Requests for information should be addressed to: Zondervan, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49530 Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Thielman, Frank. Theology of the New Testament : a canonical and synthetic approach / Frank Thielman. p. cm. Summary: "A basic resource for serious teachers, pastors, scholars, or lay people interested in learning about the theology of the New Testament"-Provided by publisher. Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN-10: 0-310-21132-8 (alk. paper) ISBN-13: 978-0310-21132-7 1. Bible. N.T.-Theology. 2. Bible. N.T.-Canonical criticism. I. Title. BS2397.T445 2005 230'.0415-dc22 2004030070 CIP This edition printed on acid-free paper. All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the Holy Bible: New International Version. NIV. Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means-electronic, mechanical, photocopy, recording, or any other-except for brief quotations in printed reviews, without the prior permission of the publisher. Interior design by Sherri Hoffman Printed in the United States of America 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 /?DCI/ 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 Introduction Chapter 1 The Theology of the New Testament: The Basic Questions Since the eighteenth century, the discipline of New Testament theology has come under close scrutiny. Should the discipline be abandoned? Some have said so. Does it only need to be restructured? Some have offered new models. In the discussion, two problems with the discipline have repeatedly emerged as most significant. The first problem, it is said, is an unhealthy blend in the discipline of dogmatics with historical concerns. On the one hand, theological convictions influence New Testament theologians both in the conclusions they draw about the meaning of the New Testament texts and in their insistence on examining only the canonical documents. On the other hand, since the church values these documents largely for the historical claims made in them, New Testament theologians find that they must work as historians in much the same way that any historian would work with ancient texts. Is it possible to bring together faith and reason in this way, or must New Testament theologians bracket their own dogmatic presuppositions about the importance of the New Testament and place the canonical texts on a level with all other ancient texts? If so, then they should shift their attention away from the theologically biased investigation of "New Testament theology" to the more objective and universally useful task of describing the history of early Christian thought. The second problem arises from the theological diversity of the New Testament texts. The New Testament documents not only express a variety of theological themes, but sometimes they speak in different ways on the same theme. Do these differences sometimes amount to contradiction? If not, why is the theological coherence of the New Testament sometimes so hard to detect? If so, is it accurate to speak of "New Testament theology" at all, as if we are speaking of some coherent whole? Theology or History? Since the sixteenth century, biblical theologians have struggled with the relationship between interpreting the Bible to find support for the church's traditional theological teachings and interpreting the Bible within its own historical context without consideration for the theological convictions of the church. Because the church has traditionally held to the primacy of Scripture over its tr

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About "Theology of the New Testament"

This book serves the needs of serious students of the New Testament - whether teachers, pastors, scholars, or lay people - for both a brief theological orientation to each New Testament book and a theological overview of the New Testament as a whole.

Studying the theology of the New Testament can be a daunting task, even to the knowledgeable Bible student or pastor. Each of the twenty-seven books, written by various authors, has its own theological emphasis and nuances. How do we elicit a coherent message from such theological diversity, especially given that some of the theological statements in the New Testament seem to be at odds with one another? Is such an endeavour achievable or even valid?

Theology of the New Testament takes a balanced approach in response to these challenges. Frank Thielman presents a theology of the New Testament that is careful to take into account the cultural and historical circumstances surrounding each book and the New Testament as a whole. He not only examines each book's theological content individually, but also in relation to the rest of the New Testament, particularly within each of the three theological units that comprise the New Testament: the gospels and Acts, the Pauline epistles, and the general epistles and Revelation.

This canonical and synthetic approach honours both the theological diversity of the various books and the theological connections between the books. In the end, Thielman finds a unified theological vision of the New Testament, anchored in the centrality of Jesus Christ. 800 pages, from Zondervan.

"Frank Thielman's Theology of the New Testament is an outstanding achievement. The book is marked by scholarly depth, exegetical rigor, and theological profundity. Both students and professors will profit immensely from this lucid treatment of the theology contained in the New Testament documents."
- Thomas R. Schreiner, Professor of New Testament, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

"An accessible presentation of the key theological points of the New Testament books by an accomplished New Testament scholar and teacher. Its clear style, lucid organization, and sound theological insight make it a prime resource for serious students in both the academy and the church."
- Karen H. Jobes, PhD, Associate Professor of New Testament, Westmont College.


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34 Chapters Divided Into Three Parts Plus A Conclusion
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Theology of the New Testament Copyright 2005 by Frank Thielman Requests for information should be addressed to: Zondervan, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49530 Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Thielman, Frank. Theology of the New Testament : a canonical and synthetic approach / Frank Thielman. p. cm. Summary: "A basic resource for serious teachers, pastors, scholars, or lay people interested in learning about the theology of the New Testament"-Provided by publisher. Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN-10: 0-310-21132-8 (alk. paper) ISBN-13: 978-0310-21132-7 1. Bible. N.T.-Theology. 2. Bible. N.T.-Canonical criticism. I. Title. BS2397.T445 2005 230'.0415-dc22 2004030070 CIP This edition printed on acid-free paper. All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the Holy Bible: New International Version. NIV. Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means-electronic, mechanical, photocopy, recording, or any other-except for brief quotations in printed reviews, without the prior permission of the publisher. Interior design by Sherri Hoffman Printed in the United States of America 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 /?DCI/ 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 Introduction Chapter 1 The Theology of the New Testament: The Basic Questions Since the eighteenth century, the discipline of New Testament theology has come under close scrutiny. Should the discipline be abandoned? Some have said so. Does it only need to be restructured? Some have offered new models. In the discussion, two problems with the discipline have repeatedly emerged as most significant. The first problem, it is said, is an unhealthy blend in the discipline of dogmatics with historical concerns. On the one hand, theological convictions influence New Testament theologians both in the conclusions they draw about the meaning of the New Testament texts and in their insistence on examining only the canonical documents. On the other hand, since the church values these documents largely for the historical claims made in them, New Testament theologians find that they must work as historians in much the same way that any historian would work with ancient texts. Is it possible to bring together faith and reason in this way, or must New Testament theologians bracket their own dogmatic presuppositions about the importance of the New Testament and place the canonical texts on a level with all other ancient texts? If so, then they should shift their attention away from the theologically biased investigation of "New Testament theology" to the more objective and universally useful task of describing the history of early Christian thought. The second problem arises from the theological diversity of the New Testament texts. The New Testament documents not only express a variety of theological themes, but sometimes they speak in different ways on the same theme. Do these differences sometimes amount to contradiction? If not, why is the theological coherence of the New Testament sometimes so hard to detect? If so, is it accurate to speak of "New Testament theology" at all, as if we are speaking of some coherent whole? Theology or History? Since the sixteenth century, biblical theologians have struggled with the relationship between interpreting the Bible to find support for the church's traditional theological teachings and interpreting the Bible within its own historical context without consideration for the theological convictions of the church. Because the church has traditionally held to the primacy of Scripture over its tr
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Meet the Author

Frank Thielman

Frank S. Thielman (Ph.D., Duke University) is Presbyterian Professor of Divinity at Beeson Divinity School, Samford University, in Birmingham, Alabama. He is the author of a number of books, including Romans (Zondervan Exegetical Commentary); Ephesians (Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament);Philippians (NIVAC); Paul and the Law: A Contextual Approach; From Plight to Solution: A Jewish Framework for Understanding Paul's View of the Law in Galatians and Romans; The Law in the New Testament: Questions and Commentary; and Theology of the New Testament: A Canonical and Synthetic Approach. He is also an ordained Presbyterian (PCA) minister.

Table Of Contents

  • Contents
  • Preface...9
  • Abbreviations...13
  • Introduction
  • 1. The Theology Of The New Testament: The Basic Questions...19
  • One
  • The Gospels And Acts
  • 2. The Persistence And Importance Of A Fourfold Gospel...45
  • 3. Mark: The Death Of God's Son As Good News...57
  • 4. Matthew: New Wine In Old Skins...84
  • 5. Luke--acts: The Place Of Christians In The Progress Of Salvation History...111
  • 6. John: Faith In Jesus As The Means To Eternal Life...150
  • 7. Four Diverse Witnesses To The One Gospel Of Jesus Christ...181
  • Two
  • The Pauline Letters
  • 8. The Coherence And Center Of Paul's Theology...219
  • 9. First Thessalonians: Maintaining Faith, Love, And Hope In The
  • Midst Of Suffering...234
  • 10. Second Thessalonians: Perseverance Despite Persecution And
  • False Teaching...250
  • 11. Galatians: The Grace Of God And The Truth Of The Gospel...262
  • 12. First Corinthians: A Plea For Peace, Holiness, And Fidelity...276
  • 13. Philippians: The Importance Of The Gospel's Progress...307
  • 14. Second Corinthians: Power Perfected In Weakness...323
  • 15. Romans: The Gospel Of God's Righteousness...342
  • 16. Colossians: Christ Preeminent In Cosmos And History...375
  • 17. Philemon: Reconciliation In Practice...387
  • 18. Ephesians: The Unity Of Church And Cosmos In Christ...393
  • 19. First Timothy: The Church As Pillar And Foundation Of Truth...408
  • 20. Titus: Knowing God, Doing Good, And Making Salvation Attractive...423
  • 21. Second Timothy: Faithfulness To The Gospel...430
  • 22. The Common Emphases And Central Convictions Of Paul's Letters...438
  • Three
  • The Non-pauline Letters And The
  • Revelation Of John
  • 23. Finding Unity In The Non-pauline Letters And Revelation...483
  • 24. James: The Wisdom Of The Undivided Life...496
  • 25. Jude: Contending For The Faith Against A Perversion Of God's Grace...512
  • 26. Second Peter: Ethics And Eschatology...522
  • 27. First John: The Truth About Jesus, His Death, And His Love Command...536
  • 28. Second John: Avoiding Those Who Have Abandoned Truth And Love...556
  • 29. Third John: Working Together With The Truth...562
  • 30. First Peter: On Suffering As A Christian...569
  • 31. Hebrews: Jesus As Perfecter Of The Faith And Leader Of The Faithful...585
  • 32. Revelation: Meaning Amid Oppression...612
  • 33. The Clash Of World Views In Hebrews To Revelation...651
  • Conclusion
  • 34. The Theological Unity Of The New Testament...681
  • Works Cited...727
  • Scripture And Apocrypha Index...763
  • Other Ancient Literature Index...787
  • Subject Index...791
  • Modern Author Index...795

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Introduction Chapter 1 The Theology of the New Testament: The Basic Questions Since the eighteenth century, the discipline of New Testament theology has come under close scrutiny. Should the discipline be abandoned? Some have said so. Does it only need to be restructured? Some have offered new models. In the discussion, two problems with the discipline have repeatedly emerged as most significant. The first problem, it is said, is an unhealthy blend in the discipline of dogmatics with historical concerns. On the one hand, theological convictions influence New Testament theologians both in the conclusions they draw about the meaning of the New Testament texts and in their insistence on examining only the canonical documents. On the other hand, since the church values these documents largely for the historical claims made in them, New Testament theologians find that they must work as historians in much the same way that any historian would work with ancient texts. Is it possible to bring together faith and reason in this way, or must New Testament theologians bracket their own dogmatic presuppositions about the importance of the New Testament and place the canonical texts on a level with all other ancient texts? If so, then they should shift their attention away from the theologically biased investigation of 'New Testament theology' to the more objective and universally useful task of describing the history of early Christian thought. The second problem arises from the theological diversity of the New Testament texts. The New Testament documents not only express a variety of theological themes, but sometimes they speak in different ways on the same theme. Do these differences sometimes amount to contradiction? If not, why is the theological coherence of the New Testament sometimes so hard to detect? If so, is it accurate to speak of 'New Testament theology' at all, as if we are speaking of some coherent whole? Theology or History? Since the sixteenth century, biblical theologians have struggled with the relationship between interpreting the Bible to find support for the church's traditional theological teachings and interpreting the Bible within its own historical context without consideration for the theological convictions of the church. Because the church has traditionally held to the primacy of Scripture over its traditions (even if extrabiblical tradition is given great weight), ideally no conflict should arise. In fact, the church's traditions and the theological emphases of the Bible have often been incompatible, and so any study of biblical theology has often been characterized by the tension between theological conviction and historical analysis. Biblical theology arose early in the Reformation era as a discipline intended to chasten the church's unbiblical theological speculations and to hasten its reform. The emphasis at this time was more on theological reform than on sensitivity to the historical situations in which the biblical documents were composed. Later, biblical theology fell under the spell of Enlightenment rationalism, and some of its practitioners began to define the discipline in terms of a historically motivated and theologically independent study of the Bible that could use human reason to sit in judgment not only on the teachings of the church, but on the content of the Bible itself. Out of this link between biblical theology and the Enlightenment arose a criticism of the discipline itself. Why speak of 'biblical' theology at all? If the student of the biblical texts is to be truly an historian, then it is necessary to speak only of the history of Jewish and Christian thought and religion---to speak of the Bible, or of the New Testament, is already to speak in dogmatic language that the historian interested in the objective study of the past must find unacceptable. Over the last three centuries, three criticisms of the discipline as theologically rather than historically grounded have been particularly influential. J. P. Gabler, William Wrede, and Heikki R?is?nen, writing at the turn of the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries respectively, called for the liberation of the historical study of the Bible or early Christianity from the dogmatic concerns of the church. Gabler's seminal challenge differs from that of Wrede and R?is?nen because it is simply a call for methodological clarity in the theological enterprise rather than a disparagement of the theologically motivated study of the Bible. Nevertheless, both Wrede and R?is?nen understand themselves to be standing on the shoulders of Gabler. It is important, therefore, to consider Gabler's challenge to the discipline before evaluating the more direct attacks of Wrede and R?is?inen. In order to understand all three thinkers and to put our criticisms of their challenges in historical perspective, it is necessary first to survey briefly the historical roots of biblical, and specifically New Testament, theology. The Early History of the Discipline The development of a 'biblical theology' had its roots in the age-old commitment of the church to govern its theology and practice by the canonical writings of the Old and New Testaments. One of the most important concerns of the Reformation was that the church reform its doctrine and worship so that it might be more faithful to the standards laid down in the Bible. In 1521, Luther's close friend and colleague at the University of Wittenburg, Philip Melancthon, published one of the earliest theological treatises of the Reformation---a brief treatment of important theological topics based on Luther's lectures on Paul's letter to the Romans given in the summer of 1519 and repeated the following year. This treatment of Loci communes rerum theologicarum ('Fundamental Theological Themes') provided a list of important theological topics and then briefly explained the teaching of Scripture, and Scripture alone, on each topic. Melancthon was weary of reading the lengthy speculations of medieval scholastic theologians on Christian theology and wanted instead to discover how the Bible itself, and particularly 'Paul's own compendium of Christian doctrine' in Romans, described the Christian religion. This urge to tap speculative theologians on the shoulder and point them back to the Bible remained a constant theme in the early history of biblical theology as a discrete discipline. Melancthon puts it this way: I am discussing everything sparingly and briefly because the book is to function more as an index than a commentary. I am therefore merely stating a list of the topics to which a person roaming through Scripture should be directed. Further, I am setting forth in only a few words the elements on which the main points of Christian doctrine are based. I do this not to call students away from the Scriptures to obscure and complicated arguments but, rather, to summon them to the Scriptures if I can. As the Reformation matured into Protestantism, however, Protestant thinkers began to refine their theological commitments and to develop complicated theological arguments of their own. In their works, Scripture was often used not so much to set the theological agenda but to demonstrate that the various theological principles that Protestants considered important, and which were now growing increasingly complex, were, in fact, biblical. Those who first used the term 'biblical theology' to describe their theological studies made this proof-texting of preexisting theological systems their goal. A new Protestant brand of scholasticism began to develop with 'biblical theology' as its handmaid. Under the influence of German pietism on one hand and rationalism on the other, biblical theology began to break away from this role as a prop for systematic theology.

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  • Catalogue Code 228747
  • Product Code 0310211328
  • EAN 9780310211327
  • UPC 025986211325
  • Pages 800
  • Department Academic
  • Category Biblical Studies
  • Sub-Category New Testament
  • Publisher Zondervan
  • Publication Date Sep 2005
  • Sales Rank #7601
  • Dimensions 25 x 25 x 25 mm
  • Weight 1.487kg

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