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New Testament Theology:
Many Witnesses, One Gospel

I. Howard Marshall (Apollos, 2004)

Blurb Review by Dr. Preston Sprinkle


We do not normally include theologies of either testament in our book blurbs as they often fall short of biblical theology proper. However, it seems fitting to include Howard Marshall's latest tome as it does seek to make a contribution to aspects of BT by offering a coherent unitive approach to the NT. This is a NT theology that does not succumb to the fashion of settling for an irreconcilable diversity of NT voices but argues strongly that "a synthetic New Testament theology is a real possibility." Beginning with the Gospels and Acts, proceeding to each of Paul's letters, focusing then on the Johannine literature and finally looking at Hebrews and the remaining general epistles, Marshall repeatedly stops to assess the view. And gradually he builds up a composite synthesis of the unified theological voice of the NT. Every book in the NT gets a chapter and we particularly recommend Marshall's bird's-eye view treatments: 'The Gospels and New Testament Theology'; The Theology of the Synoptic Gospels and Acts'; The Theology of the Pauline Letters'; 'John, the Synoptic Gospels and Acts, and Paul'; 'Hebrews, James, 1-2 Peter and Jude in the New Testament'. The volume opens with a great discussion of method in doing NT theology and ends with a very worthwhile chapter on 'Diversity and Unity in the New Testament'. Overall, Marshall suggests that NT theology is at heart missionary theology - the documents came into being as part of a two-stage mission: first, that of Jesus himself and second, the mission of his followers. This kind of insight is one helpful contribution to getting at the single mind and single purpose behind the whole of Scripture.


PART 1: Introduction 
PART 2: Jesus, The Synoptic Gospels, and Acts 
PART 3: The Pauline Letters 
PART 4: The Johannine Literature 
PART 5: Hebrews, James, 1-2 Peter, and Jude 
PART 6: Conclusion

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