New Testament Theology: Basic Issues in the Current Debate

New Testament Theology: Basic Issues in the Current Debate

New Testament Theology: Basic Issues in the Current Debate

New Testament Theology: Basic Issues in the Current Debate

Synopsis

Recent years have witnessed the publication of a vast amount of material on New Testament theology. Many theologians, unable to agree on the nature, function, method, and scope of this discipline, have offered their own interpretations of the subject. Unfortunately, this increasing variety of approaches has resulted in a tension and confusion among scholars and students.

Gerhard Hasel addresses the situation with an in-depth discussion of the basic issues of the debate. He begins with a comprehensive survey of the emergence and development of New Testament theology over the last two centuries. From this overview he discerns various issues which have led to the present state of crisis in this area of study. Professor Hasel examines the issues related to methodology, to the unity of the New Testament, and to the relationship between the New and the Old Testaments. He concludes with some basic proposals for doing theology with an historical and theological method which seeks to be faithful to the biblical material.

Excerpt

New Testament theology today is undeniably in crisis. This does not mean that there is no interest in the academic study of the theology of the NT or that there is a lack of monographs that carry the title Theology of the New Testament or the like. As a matter or fact, although in the roughly two hundred years of the existence of the discipline of NT theology there has never been a decade in which more than ten different NT theologies were published, this unlikely event did occur between 1967 and 1976. It is a surprising fact

The first NT theology of this decade was published by H. Conzelmann, Grundriss der Theologie des Neuen Testaments (Munich, 1967), Eng. trans. An Outline of the Theology of the New Testament (New York, 1969) ; K. H. Schelkle, Theologie des Neuen Testaments, 4 vols. (Düsseldorf, 1968–74), Eng. trans. Theology of the New Testament, 4 vols. (Collegeville, Minn., 1971–77); W. G. Kümmel, Die Theologie des Neuen Testaments nach seinen Hauptzeugen: JesusPaulus-Johannes (Göttingen, 1969), Eng. trans. The Theology of the New Testament According to Its Major Witnesses: Jesus-Paul-John (Nashville, 1973); J. Jeremias, Neutestamentliche Theologie. Erster Teil: Die Verkündigung Jesu (Gütersloh, 1971), Eng. trans. New Testament Theology: The Proclamation of Jesus (New York, 1971); M. G. Cordero, Teologia de la Biblia II et III: Nuevo Testamento, 2 vols. (Madrid, 1972); G. E. Ladd, A Theology of the New Testament (Grand Rapids, Mich., 1974) ; C. R. Lehmann, Biblical Theology, 2: New Testament (Scottdale, Pa., 1974); E. Lohse, Grundriss der neutestamentlichen Theologie (Stuttgart, 1974) ; L. Goppelt, Theologie des Neuen Testaments, 2 vols. (Göttingen, 1975–76) ; S. Neill, Jesus Through Many Eyes. Introduction to the Theology of the New Testament (Nashville, 1976) ; A. T. Nikolainen, Uuden Testamentin Tulkintin ja tutkimus (Porvoo-Helsinki, 1971).

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