An Introduction to the Study of the New Testament

An Introduction to the Study of the New Testament

An Introduction to the Study of the New Testament

An Introduction to the Study of the New Testament

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To one who has been brought up theologically from undergraduate days in 1927 upon McNeile Introduction, the attempt to produce a revised edition of it after a quarter of a century has not been easy. Justification for a revision must be that research has not stood still during this period and that some of McNeile's landmarks have been removed. He himself might well have changed his views, had he lived, on three points, to mention no more: the evidence for the early death of St. John, the son of Zebedee; the chronological order of the chapters in 2 Corinthians; and the authorship of Ephesians. Here and elsewhere one cannot be quite so certain as he was in 1927; alternative solutions to various problems need to be mentioned, even if on many questions his verdict still stands good.

One criticism made of the first edition was that it included no references, except in passing, to the then new subject of Form-criticism and few in general to foreign and English books and periodicals dealing with the subject under discussion. A student whose appetite is whetted by an Introduction to the New Testament needs to be told where he can satisfy himself more fully. But to those who know McNeile's writings, both devotional and academic, he will remain, as he said of Dr. Salmon, a 'master and a giant'.

C. S. C. W.

MERTON COLLEGE, OXFORD Epiphany, 1952 . . .

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