A Theology of the New Testament

A Theology of the New Testament

A Theology of the New Testament

A Theology of the New Testament


Ladd's magisterial work on New Testament theology has well served thousands of seminary students since its publication in 1974. Enhanced and updated here by Donald A Hagner, this comprehensive, standard evangelical text now features augmented bibliographies and two completely new chapters on subjects that Ladd himself wanted to treat in a revised editionthe theology of each of the Synoptic Evangelists and the issue of unity and diversity in the New Testamentwritten, respectively, by R. T. France and David Wenham."


Before his death in 1980, George Ladd had planned a new edition of this book in which he hoped to remedy two deficiencies that had been pointed out by reviewers: the lack of discussion of the theologies of the individual Synoptic writers and the lack of a full treatment of the issue of unity and diversity in the New Testament. Unfortunately Ladd did not live to fulfill this desire. For this new edition, however, we have been fortunate in obtaining essays on these subjects by two exceptional New Testament scholars from Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, R. T. France (Chapter 16) and D. Wenham (the Appendix). Ladd would have been particularly pleased with these essays, in my opinion.

The present volume has been improved in several other ways. When Ladd wrote, masculine language was still the rule; nowadays that language grates on one's sensitivities. Diane Bradley has carefully gone through the text and removed the objectionable language. Although masculine pronouns in reference to God have been retained, it is perhaps worth reminding readers that God is not masculine (or feminine).

The bibliographies have been updated in this new edition. It has been an enormous challenge to survey the literature of the last twenty years on the whole range of topics covered by Ladd. Since the bibliographies are necessarily short, there has been no way of avoiding a certain arbitrariness in deciding what to include. On the model of the original bibliographies, I have by no means restricted the new bibliographies to evangelical works or to works with which Ladd would have agreed.

One problem in updating bibliographies in a work written twenty years ago is that many of the new entries are devoted to issues that have emerged only in the interim — issues to which the original work was necessarily oblivious. That is true in the present instance, and I am conscious of the oddity this causes. Yet the bibliographies are intended to be of service to readers precisely in pointing them to more recent literature where they can become acquainted with some of these new issues.

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