A masterful collection of essays in New Testament studies connecting Scripture, theology, and human life
What is the purpose of studying the New Testament, and how is it best approached? Esteemed professor C. Kavin Rowe explores these questions in sixteen incisive essays covering a range of topics, including: • the state of New Testament studies as a field • the relationship between historical criticism and theological reading • interdisciplinary methodology • comparative religion and New Testament Christianity • truth claims of the New Testament
What unites these diverse chapters is a holistic approach to the New Testament. Against the modern tendency to separate disciplines, Rowe unites philosophy, theology, history, and biblical studies in fruitful conversation. Most crucially, he emphasizes the essential purpose of this academic work: its implications for human flourishing.
With an insightful and bold approach, Rowe’s essays should be read by anyone interested in New Testament studies. Scholars and students will find the essays in this critical volume challenging and rewarding.
Table of Contents Contents Preface List of Abbreviations
Part 1: Biblical Studies and Theology 1. What If It Were True? Why Study the New Testament 2. The Kerygma of the Earliest Church 3. Biblical Studies: With Richard B. Hays 4. New Testament Theology: The Revival of a Discipline 5. The Doctrine of God Is a Hermeneutic: The Biblical Theology of Brevard S. Childs 6. What Is a Theological Commentary? With Richard B. Hays 7. For Future Generations: Worshiping Jesus and the Integration of the Theological Disciplines 8. Biblical Pressure and Trinitarian Hermeneutics
Part 2: The New Testament, Grammars of Life, and Religious Comparison 9. Making Friends and Comparing Lives 10. A Response to Friend-Critics 11. The Art of Retrieval: Stoicism: “Parallels” and the Retrieval of a Tradition 12. God, Greek Philosophy, and the Bible: A Response to Matthew Levering
Part 3: Christianity and the Human 13. Becoming Human: Deification in the Image of Jesus Christ 14. Christianity’s Surprise: New Testament Foundations of the Human 15. Recovering Our Humanity: Interdisciplinary Inquiry and the Unity of Life 16. Christianity’s First Millennium: Reflections on Robert Louis Wilken’s Magnum Opus
Bibliography Index of Authors Index of Subjects Index of Scripture Index of Other Ancient Sources
C. Kavin Rowe is the George Washington Ivey Distinguished Professor of New Testament and vice dean for faculty at Duke Divinity School. His previous books include Early Narrative Christology, World Upside Down: Reading Acts in the Graeco-Roman Age, Christianity's Surprise: A Sure and Certain Hope, and Leading Christian Communities.
“This is a marvelous book. It is clear, methodical, and written with an elegant simplicity. Its content is theologically rich and extraordinarily learned. But this is not just a fascinating collection of essays about the New Testament and New Testament studies. It is nothing less than a brilliant, wise, and faithful manifesto for how New Testament studies should be done.” —Simon Gathercole University of Cambridge
“Even where I disagree with this book, I am in awe of it. Like our own twenty-first-century Pascal, Kavin Rowe stakes everything on his earnest, existential approach to reading the New Testament, and the results are exhilarating to read.” —Matthew V. Novenson University of Edinburgh
“Existentially powerful and theologically bold, these collected essays from one of the foremost New Testament scholars of this generation encapsulate a powerful and programmatic vision for ongoing New Testament study.” —Joshua Jipp Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
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