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Theology of the New Testament: A Canonical and Synthetic Approach

3.85  ·  Rating Details ·  94 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 798 pages
Published September 15th 2005 by Zondervan (first published September 1st 2005)
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Weston Durrwachter
Apr 20, 2016 Weston Durrwachter rated it it was amazing
Read this book during my New Testament Theology class with Dr. Thielman at Beeson Divinity School. It was a fantastic experience reading this book and then listening to Dr. Thielman lecture on the material twice each week. This book would be a great resource for any Christian wanting to learn more about the key theological themes for each book of the New Testament canon and the historical-cultural issues that surround them. Thielman also devotes several chapters to discuss important issues relat ...more
Nate Claiborne
May 09, 2012 Nate Claiborne rated it really liked it
Ease of reading aside, I thought this was a great book. That opinion may alter slightly as I start into reading other New Testament theologies (I’ve already got Beale’s in my queue line). But, it won’t change dramatically because Thielman still has plenty to offer and his discussion of Paul’s theology is particularly excellent. While the material is a bit beyond what I can offer my high school students in detail, it does have its share of insights that will find their way into my class in the sp ...more
Aug 27, 2012 Thomas rated it liked it
A basic, thematic overview of each individual book, with attempts to make synthetic connections across the NT as a whole. Takes a conservative/evangelical line on most issues, with a good use of footnotes to point to more detailed sources for debate. While I read the book straight through for a class, it might be most useful as a reference text for quick orientation to overall themes and theological emphases of particular NT books (without the depth and technical emphases of a commentary).
Mike Jorgensen
Very dry and not in the good way. I read a good chunk of this book for a couple different classes and could never get into his prose. I don't mind things that are dry and academic, but there were times where he used a whole lot of words to say very little. I largely agree with his theology, approach, and commentary but the book was still only mildly enjoyable.
Jay Yousef
Just read the first section about the gospels. It was an overview of the themes in each of the gospels and how they were all related. It didn't address questions of text criticism, authorship, or the like. helpful in a general sense of understanding the purpose of the gospel writers and their methods to communicate their message.
Brian Pate
Jul 23, 2014 Brian Pate rated it it was amazing
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Superb. His "book theologies" of each book in the NT are excellent. His "big picture" chapters were equally valuable, esp. summarizing Paul's theology (ch. 22), summarizing the General Epistles (ch. 33), and "The Theological Unity of the NT" (ch. 34).
Feb 19, 2008 Alan rated it it was amazing
This is an insightful, yet skilful approach to reading the New Testament. I have not come across many books that are able to expound such deep sanctificational truths while maintaining a healthy academic rigor. I highly recommend this book.
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Joel Dougherty
Sep 16, 2011 Joel Dougherty rated it liked it
Well-structured, clear, and thorough. Very helpful.
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Not my favorite, but still helpful.
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