Tag Archives: New Testament

Why Do We Have a New Testament?

According to James Barr, R.H. Lightfoot once claimed that the origin of the New Testament should be sought in the moment the early Chris­tians, under the impression of the first Roman persecutions, lost faith in the survival of their religion. … Continue reading

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Too Long Almost Impossible to Find: Goppelt’s Theology of the New Testament

This English translation of Leonhard Goppelt’s two-volume New Testament theology provides scholars, pastors, students, and interested laity with a significant contribution to the burgeoning field of biblical theology. In these volumes, Goppelt advances the discussion of New Testament theology by … Continue reading

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Helmut Koester’s ‘Introduction to the New Testament’

Is available from Logos.  It is a brilliant, brilliant work and if you haven’t read it you have missed an absolute goldmine of scholarship. This two volume collection from distinguished Harvard Divinity School professor Helmut Koester gives readers a thorough introduction to … Continue reading

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The World of the New Testament: Cultural, Social and Historical Contexts

This volume addresses the most important issues related to the study of New Testament writings. Two respected senior scholars have brought together a team of distinguished specialists to introduce the Jewish, Hellenistic, and Roman backgrounds necessary for understanding the New … Continue reading

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WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Lectures by George Caird Online

I like Mark Goodacre, but the fact that he has mentioned this makes him an even more super-er person. George Caird’s New Testament Theology lectures from Oxford from 1979 to 1982 [were recently mentioned in discussions on Facebook by Jeffrey … Continue reading

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Contested Issues in Christian Origins and the New Testament

This new volume, by Luke Timothy Johnson, … takes on some of the most contested issues in the study of Christian Origins and the New Testament — from the historical Jesus and the Jesus of the Gospels, through exegetical studies … Continue reading

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Two Recent Essays in Bible and Interpretation

First, this by David Lincicum- Reception History and New Testament Introduction– Since the year 2000, well over 25 ‘Introductions to the New Testament’ have appeared in English alone, with at least another dozen in major European languages in the same … Continue reading

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William Baird’s Long Awaited Third Volume

This is happy news:  it’s available as of March 1. In this masterful volume—the culmination of his three-volume History of New Testament Research (vol. 1, From Deism to Tübingen, 1992; vol. 2, From Jonathan Edwards to Rudolf Bultmann, 2012)—William Baird continues his insightful, balanced, and accessible … Continue reading

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‘Unbekannte Jesusworte’ Comes of Age

In 1963 Joachim Jeremias published one of the most interesting contributions to New Testament / Early Christian studies when he  published his Unbekannte Jesusworte.  It was a remarkable achievement and as late as the late 80’s when I was myself … Continue reading

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Isn’t the Church Obliged to Give Money to Anyone Who Asks?

Sometimes folk have the notion that the Church is a dispenser of welfare to the wider society and that the sole function of the Church is to collect material goods from its members and give them to whomsoever wishes them. … Continue reading

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James Dunn: The Gospel and the Gospels

How did the ‘gospel’ preached by the first Christian missionaries become the Gospel according to Matthew, Mark, Luke and John?   What about the other Gospels, particularly the Gospel of Thomas? Are they also ‘gospel’?   Should Christians recognize more than the … Continue reading

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Sad News: The Death of Rene Kieffer

Tommy Wasserman has the obituary of a New Testament scholar recently passed away. René Kieffer, Professor emeritus of Uppsala University, has passed away on 8 January at the age of 83. He was born in Aumetz in France and raised … Continue reading

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Memorial Service for Christopher Evans

From Paul Joyce of Oxford (through Viv Rowett of SOTS), There will be a Memorial Service for Christopher F. Evans (1909-2012) on Tuesday 15th January 2013 at 5.30pm. This will take place in the Chapel of King’s College London, in … Continue reading

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The Story of the Conservation of Codex Alexandrinus

The British Library has a really good essay on the subject, posted just today, here. The British Library is committed to making available online as many of its medieval manuscripts as possible. But to do so requires considerable work behind … Continue reading

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The Latest Research On the Text of the New Testament

By the inestimable Larry Hurtado. Back in July, I noted the publication of a multi-author work that collectively addresses the many issues and bodies of evidence pertaining to the earliest state of the text of NT writings:  The Early Text of … Continue reading

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The New Testament: A Historical and Theological Introduction

Donald A. Hagner’s very new book appeared in the not too distant past courtesy the good graces of Baker Academic. This substantial introduction explores the origin and character of the New Testament writings. Donald Hagner deals with the New Testament … Continue reading

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Le Donne Gets Bultmann

Unlike so many who only (foolishly) read ‘about’ Bultmann (usually from the point of view of some feckless unlearned fundamentalist who is barely capable of reading one or two letters of the Greek alphabet and who has never seen a … Continue reading

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Oh Lord, Please, No… Not Another ‘Bible’ Series from the ‘History Channel…

In Spring next year, History Channel will be airing a new ten-part series entitled The Bible.  It dramatizes key narratives from the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament, and it is executive produced by Mark Burnett (The Voice, Survivor, The Apprentice) and Roma … Continue reading

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It’s Here! Nestle-Aland 28 Came Today Via UPS

Again, thanks to the good graces of Bobby K. of Hendrickson Publishers, a copy of NA 28 came today.  I haven’t even unwrapped it yet.  I’m just savoring the moment actually.  Fear not, though, as soon as this post is … Continue reading

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Beale’s Behemoth: The Impending Review

I”ve been working on the review of G.K. Beale’s marvelous ‘A New Testament Biblical Theology: The Unfolding of the Old Testament in the New‘ for the nice folk at Baker Academic.  it’s coming along nicely but it’s an extremely large, … Continue reading

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