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  • Hardcover: 976 pages
  • Publisher: Apollos (18 July 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844743098
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844743094
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 6.1 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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In this comprehensive survey of key themes and emphases, Thomas Schreiner unfolds the riches of New Testament theology through the lens of salvation history

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'Scholars frequently focus so tightly on the details of the New Testament documents that they miss the big picture. On the other hand, all too often attempts to summarize the message of the New Testament ignore the particular expressions and diverse emphases of its twenty-seven books. Without losing the trees for the wood, Schreiner's 'New Testament Theology' offers a superb exposition of the New Testament's central message, the glory of God in Christ. Pastors and students will find it an invaluable resource for answering the question most readers are asking: what is the New Testament about?'
Brian S. Rosner, senior lecturer in New Testament and ethics, Moore Theological College

'A magnificent achievement! Schreiner has combined the breadth and depth of his knowledge of the New Testament with extensive discussion of the scholarly literature. Best of all, it follows the New Testament in testifying to the majesty and glory of God.'
Simon J. Gathercole, lecturer in New Testament studies, University of Cambridge

'Thomas Schreiner is known for being a skilful and careful New Testament scholar. In his 'New Testament Theology' his abilities and his clear, concise style are on full display as he gives us a synthetic account of this complex subject, an account that reflects his high view of Scripture. This is probably the best New Testament theology written in the last several decades from a decidedly Reformed and evangelical point of view. While I disagree with the analysis at various points, it is still a fine piece of work, and I am happy to commend it.'
Ben Witherington III, professor of New Testament, Asbury Theological Seminary


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Prof.Schreiner has provided a very clear review of the main themes of the new Testament and demonstrated how the Old gives out the New as observed by Augustin of Hippo in the fourth century.I enjoyed reading this book largely because there was none of the Liberal Theology so often found with the "Historical Jesus" movement. The Conclusion/Summaries at the end of each section were particularly helpful. I recommend it to any committed Christian to improve their understanding of Faith.This book goes very well withe the Series written be the [ope Emeritus,Joseph Ratzinger.
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A first-class NT theology 15 July 2008
By Bill Muehlenberg - Published on Amazon.com
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This is certainly the newest and perhaps most comprehensive New Testament theology to come from the conservative/Evangelical camp. Other recent volumes include those by Achtemeier, Green and Thompson, (Introducing the New Testament, 2001); Marshall (New Testament Theology, 2004); and Thielman (Theology of the New Testament, 2005).

Older but still helpful volumes include those by Ladd (1974); Hasel (1978); Guthrie (1981); Morris (1986); and Caird and Hurst (1994). Of all these volumes, Schreiner's is certainly the most extensive, reaching nearly 1,000 pages.

Most NT theologies approach the task in a book by book examination. Some take a more topical/thematic approach. Schreiner combines the best of both worlds. He looks at major NT themes, such as God, the Kingdom, Christology, sin, salvation, eschatology, and so on, but does so by focusing on main author clusters, such as the Synoptics, or Luke-Acts, or Paul, or John, etc.

Thus all the main themes of the NT are capably dealt with, but the canonical structure to the NT is not lost. As to the centre of NT theology, Schreiner states his view in the opening lines: "NT theology is God-focused, Christ-centered, and Spirit-saturated, but the work of the Father, Son, and Spirit must be understood along a salvation-historical timeline; that is, God's promises are already fulfilled but not yet consummated in Christ Jesus" Indeed, the subtitle of this book is Magnifying God in Christ.

Schreiner is of course a leading NT scholar, and relatively youngish (54). He lectures at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and has penned a number of helpful volumes in the past, including an important volume on Pauline theology (2001), a major commentary on Romans (BECNT, 1998), and various volumes on issues in Pauline thinking.

Indeed, like Frank Thielman, he has written much on the place of the law in Pauline thought. His The Law and it's Fulfillment: A Pauline Theology of Law (1993) is an important contribution to this debate, as is Thielman's 1994 volume, Paul and the Law.

Thus his understanding of the place of the law in the whole of the NT is quite helpful, and his discussion on this vital topic - like that of other topics in this volume - is informed both by the latest scholarship, as well as pastoral concerns. Indeed, his examination of NT ethics is also very useful, dealing with how the NT writers inform us of how God's people are to live in God's world.

Theologically, Schreiner is conservative and moderately Reformed. But he is judicious in handling varying points of view, and does a good job of allowing the NT writers themselves to determine the flow of theology in this volume.

That he is not a hard-core Calvinist is evident in various ways, including his treatment of the warning passages in Hebrews. For example, he takes it that those being warned about falling away are in fact actual believers, and that they can indeed turn away from their salvation.

His conservatism is seen in various places, for example, in his treatment of women in the church and in the home. He takes the complementarian (or traditional) position here, as opposed to the egalitarian (or liberationist) view. Of course such controversial issues will result in differing opinions, but as mentioned, Schreiner is fair to his debating partners in these various discussions.

Altogether, this is really an outstanding volume, covering all the bases, and providing both theological detail as well as the big-picture framework. It is a solid work by a solid NT scholar, and well worth a careful read. Pastors, students and scholars alike will benefit greatly from this tremendous work.
34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
Fantastic Resource! 4 Jun. 2008
By A. Blake White - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Schreiner's NT Theology is simply excellent. He takes a thematic approach with God magnifying himself in Christ through the Spirit as the center of the NT. I found the thematic approach particularly helpful. Thielman is also a great resource, but the book by book approach reads more like a NT Intro text. Themes that were especially clear and helpful were Schreiner's work on righteousness, already/not yet (Part 1), Christology (most of the book), faith and obedience, and the Law in salvation history. I've only read chunks of Ladd, but if I could own only one NT theology, Schreiner's is the one I'd want to have.
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Very readable 4 Sept. 2012
By C.A. Curry - Published on Amazon.com
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We used this work in my course work for my masters in theology, and I found it to be a very thorough and readable treatment of New Testament theology. This volume is very well researched and it strikes a good balance somewhere between the novice student and academic scholar.
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The Best From the Best 12 April 2013
By Taylor Sterwart - Published on Amazon.com
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Dr. Schreiner is one of the greatest living NT scholars. He is also a very, very humble and godly man. He is, without a doubt my favorite professor from my seminary days. His thematically approach towards this commentary in my mind, makes it easier to read, and connect separated, but cohesive pieces together. Dr. Schreiner is genuine, brilliant, pastoral, and graceful. All of which and more cause me to say this is a treasure when it comes to NT commentaries.
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Monumental 20 April 2014
By WINTON G TETER - Published on Amazon.com
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This work is truly monumental. It is written in clear straightfoward, everyday language. The work treats the New Testament and its authors with the utmost respect. I will use it as a first resource in all my Bible studies.
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