Tuesday, 3 June 2008

Thomas Schreiner's NT Theology

Thomas R. Schreiner's highly anticipated New Testament Theology: Magnifying God in Christ has just been released by Baker this month. An excerpt of the latest addition by this prominent NT scholar is now available on-line. This excerpt includes Schreiner's preface, introduction, and ninth chapter of the book.

According to the publisher, Schreiner "traces key themes as they appear throughout the New Testament canon, exploring the emphases that emerge from a detailed reading of the texts... He focuses particularly on two overarching themes. The first concerns the unity of redemptive history and the kingdom of God. The New Testament takes up Old Testament imagery and affirms that the kingdom has come (although it remains unfulfilled) in Jesus Christ. The second related theme concerns the goal of the kingdom--the glory of God through the work of Christ and the empowering presence of the Spirit. In the second half of the work, Schreiner takes up the question of what these themes mean for the life of the believer and the ministry of the community of faith."

This major work is already creating a buzz on the Internet, and there is an insightful interview with Tom Schreiner by Andy Cheung posted on the Midlands Bible College and Divinity School Web page. In this interview, Tom shares about the approach he takes in writing this book. This interview might satisfy eager readers just that little bit until they can get hold of the book.

I know I will be getting hold of this book - but it has to wait until funds are available.


Brandon W said...

Unfortunately for a book of 900 pages, the table of contents wasn't very revealing. Nevertheless, it looks like it'll be a good book, although it's hard to justify buying another NT theology.

Kar Yong said...

Hi Brandon,

Agreed with you - that's why I am delaying getting the book, probably sometime next year when funds are available. I'll wait for the reviews as well.