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  • Hardcover: 1068 pages
  • Publisher: IVP (31 Mar 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0851117422
  • ISBN-13: 978-0851117423
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 16.4 x 5.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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An exposition of the doctrinal teaching of the apostolic writers, and an examination of the opinions of modern scholars.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ian. on 5 Sep 2013
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Donald Guthrie's work is a must for all serious Biblical scholars. Its a large book, not bed time reading, a book for serious study. Totaly accademic and evangelical, one of the great resources for New Testament study.
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Excellent Companion to Guthrie's Introduction 17 Feb 2005
By Steve Jackson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Donald Guthrie's NEW TESTAMENT THEOLOGY is a solid presentation of NT theology from a very conservative perspective. Most NT theologies have separate sections on each NT author. Guthrie's book proceeds topically. This approach is justified by the Guthrie's view that the "revelation cannot be contradictory." The results are quite conservative (Guthrie opposes women in ministry for example) and there is a considerable effort to harmonize the divergent strains of NT thought contra writers such as Dunn.

This book is amazingly comprehensive. It is over 1000 pages and contains chapters on ethics (personal & social) and biblical inspiration. The discussion of Jesus' view of the Old Testament is several pages alone.

Like Guthrie's NEW TESTAMENT INTRODUCTION, this is not one of the first books you want to read if you starting out to study the NT. Leon Morris' book of the same name is a more manageable introduction of about a third the length.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Imbued With A Sense Of Redemptive Purpose 15 Nov 2008
By Jacques Schoeman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Immutable is a word Donald Guthrie knew well, for here is a theology that is irreducible, able to withstand adversarial onslaught, showing no signs of aging, never self-indulgent, unambitious - and most certainly not shallow. 'No New Testament theology is on a solid foundation if it rests on the changing position of NT hypotheses.' p 42 The sheer dynamism and wisdom he imparts is able to gravitate those with doubts and misgivings, to belief. Irregardless of the irremediable wolves in sheep's clothing, the sheep may yet come, bidden and welcome, to the Shepherd of the flock, by a theology so wholeheartedly pure.

The plight of modern theologians is desperate, adrift of the Word, impassive and indifferent to public outcry, their questionable teachings soul-destroying, all the while oblivious to obligation, and in the worst cases guilty of coarse obstruction of the truth, primarily because of their unheeding presumption. Not so Donald Guthrie. A culmination of a lifetime of faithful study indeed, beyond all question.

Take for instance his topical presentation of The Future, with regard to the second advent, the resurrection, the afterlife, judgment and heaven - and the sine qua non, hell. Interspersed with insertions, page long 'notes' :

'The view that Jews will have special opportunities to be evangelized through fellow Jews is without foundation; for the New Testament knows only one gospel, the gospel of the grace of God through Jesus Christ.'
'Our understanding of the kingdom theme will be affected by our understanding of the millennium.'
'Since this is mentioned only in Revelations 20 and nowhere else in the New Testament, a caution over its application must at once be raised. It must be borne in mind that the context is a symbolic setting, which means that it cannot be used to provide a key to the interpretation of passages which are symbolic.'

The footnotes are lavish, giving testimony to the arduous labor involved. Many times there the truth transpires, e.g. a stoical footnote (p 835) from a New Perspective pundit:

'JDG Dunn, Jesus & the Spirit: A Study of the Religious and Charismatic Experience of Jesus & the First Christians as Reflected in the New Testament p 334, suggests that what Paul meant is that only those who suffer Christ's death will attain to resurrection, since only Christ's death has resulted in resurrection.'

Another footnote amply demonstrates the perpetuation of a wrong doctrine clamoring for attention in an attempt to reconfigure the gospel, the point taken from the wrong-headed 'Jesus & the Revolutionaries': 'Oscar Cullmann suggests that Jesus' teaching must be adapted, because modern man does not think in terms of an imminent end of the world (p 52). His idea of what that adaptation must involve is that reform or social structures must go hand in hand with individual conversions. But the question arises whether this adaptation remains true to the radical character of Jesus' teaching.' p 425

Guthrie's study on the kingdom of God and the supernatural activities that accompanied its inauguration bears close resemblance to, and makes frequent reference to Herman Ridderbos. '...it is advisable before considering the evidence to bear in mind that the term does not refer to the establishment of a messianic political kingdom.' p 410 'The kingdom, as Ridderbos remarked, is 'absolutely transcendent in its origin, it is the revelation of God's glory.' p 420 Impressing through one parable with incredible theological insight, Guthrie wrote: 'Some difficulty surrounds the interpretation of the parable of leaven (Matt 13:33; Luke 13:20) since leaven normally has a bad connotation when used metaphorically (as in "the leaven of the Pharisees"), but it serves as an apt illustration of the imperceptible character of the coming of the kingdom. It was present in a dynamic activity, but few realized that it was there. Some have taken the parable to mean that the kingdom will work imperceptibly until it permeates the whole of society, in which case the world will become identical with the kingdom. This, however, presses a detail of the parable in a way which was not intended. The main lesson is that complete results may be obtained by inconspicuous methods - a very different approach from the contemporary tactics of the zealots.' p 424 This remarkable emphasis upon divine mercy is always made abundantly clear by Guthrie.

Professor Guthrie's views are unimpeachable, reflecting a maturity few attain to. A bibliography, index of authors, index of subjects, and index of references are witness to his extensive research and his concluding comments testify to his sure footing, remaining sound in the pursuit of theological truth.
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Good, but missing something 13 April 2001
By Shawn W. Gillogly - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Donald Guthrie's approach to NT Theology is different from most. He approaches it Thematically, as opposed to devloping themes by the authors.
This has pros and cons. The reader can see how NT thought develops and the way in which each author uses a particular theme more easily. On the flip side, this has a nasty tendency to "flatten" the distinctions between each of the human author's of the text.
As such, I would not say this should be a person's FIRST Biblical Theology. BUT, if one has a good NT Theology (Ladd, preferably), then this would be a very good SECOND choice for a Biblical Theology.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Intensely mediocre! 2 Jun 2013
By Edward A Pirro - Published on Amazon.com
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Although I appreciate Guthries commitment to conservative Christianity and his unwillingness to be influenced by many of the liberal scholars currently involved in New Testament studies, Guthrie's style of writing is hard to stick with. The work is comprehensive and, on the essentials of the faith, orthodox, but stylistically boring. However, Guthrie's unique approach to seeing what the Bible has to say about different doctrines by tracing them through New Testament thought makes it worthwhile for learning and understanding, difficult style of writing notwithstanding.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Worthy in every Theologian's Library 12 April 2001
By rodboomboom - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I would assert this is a must for the proficient student of theology's library.
Guthrie is renown as a foundational text for NT Theology. I find myself referring to it often as it catalogues various themes and doctrines so well. One does not have to accept all of Guthrie's theology to find this useful.
Highly recommended.
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