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Introduction to the New Testament
This book is unmatched for its wealth of information in a concise format. It isn't a popular narrative, but a reference work that provides an excellent summary of the best research on the New Testament. It examines each book from the perspectives of content, literary character, theology, date written & author. Kümmel (following his predecessors, Feine & Behm) ...more
Paperback, 629 pages
Published January 1st 1996 by Abingdon Press
(first published 1918)
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May 04, 2015 Spencer rated it really liked it · review of another edition
Kümmel's introduction is a helpful representative of 20th century scholarship. His research is extensive, esp. into German and Continental scholarship. Kümmel is frequently skeptical of coming to conclusions on certain matters and favors critical distance when possible, so a reader interested more in "concrete answers" might do better with Guthrie's or Brown's approach. Kümmel does make some solid resolutions, but only when they are widely accepted by mainstream scholarship. This is a useful ...more
Mar 20, 2016 Erik Graff rated it it was amazing · review of another edition
Recommends it for: biblical scholars
Recommended to Erik by: Walter Wink
This was the foundational text for the introductory course of the Christian Scriptures at Union Theological Seminary taught by Walter Wink. It is one of the most densely packed texts I have ever read, tracing the interpretative history of scholarship regarding the canon back to the origins of such studies and summarizing contemporary opinion. Not the easiest read, it serves very well as a reference.