Variety and Unity in New Testament Thought
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Publisher: Oxford University Press
Number of Pages: 344
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The blend of variety and unity apparent in the thought of the New Testament has been a subject for theological debate through the ages. Certain themse, teachings, and characterizations are clearly consistent, but others are perplexing in their diversity. This distinction was acknowledged by the New Testament writers themselves. For example, the author of 2 Peter looking back at the letters of "our beloved brother Paul", confesses that they contain "some things hard to understand". The author explores in detail the different aspects of variety and unity in the entire New Testament. He gives special attention to the sixteen books which fall outside the central gospels and Pauline epistles and which offer the greatest challenge to the defence of unity. These include such important writings as Revelation, 1 Peter, Hebrews, and James. He argues that, despite contemporary emphasis on the pluralism of the writings, there remains a central unifying focus: faith in Jesus as the Christ. Recent emphases on social setting, rhetoric, and narrative are shown to enrich traditional historical criticism and to open up the New Testament for readers today.
"A tour de force by an immensely learned scholar. It is a good introduction to the New Testament as a theological document as well as a resource for teachers and preachers."--America"Excellent presentation of good material on neglected books in the New Testament canon. Popularization at its best."--Edgar Krentz, Lutheran School of Theology"Provide[s] a helpful introduction to the make-up of the New Testament."--Interpretation: A Journal of Bible & Theology"This is popularization at its best, challenging the reader to think with the writer. Reumann knows the material relevant to the neglected books of the New Testament, identifies what is significant, and then presents it attractively....Pastors and Associates in Ministry would find this an excellent book to review and renew their understanding of and enthusiasm for New Testament study. It is truly multum in parvo, a great deal in small compass."--Currents in Theology and Mission"Reumann manages to include a vast array of material that embraces a whole cross-section of New Testament concerns....The style and composition of the work are eminently practical....Both students and scholars can profit from [Reumann's] endeavors."--Religious Studies Review