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Theology of the New Testament: A Canonical and Synthetic Approach
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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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
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
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).
Jul 28, 2011 Mike Jorgensen rated it liked it
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.
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.
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).