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New Testament Theology: Magnifying God in Christ [Hardcover]

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Pages   990
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.44" Width: 6.34" Height: 2.21"
Weight:   3.18 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jun 1, 2008
Publisher   Baker Publishing Group
ISBN  0801026806  
EAN  9780801026805  

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While none of the New Testament documents claims to provide a "theology" on its own, Thomas Schreiner suggests that certain recurring themes emerge from the study of the whole. In this volume, he traces key themes as they appear throughout the New Testament canon, exploring the emphases that emerge from a detailed reading of the texts. Based on solid exegesis of all the key texts, Schreiner's approach leads him to a more unified view of core New Testament teaching. 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. Although this substantial and comprehensive volume will be of great interest to scholars, Schreiner's first concern is to provide an accessible guide for students and pastors. He has succeeded admirably, and readers will find here a lucid exposition of the theology of the New Testament writers.

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In this substantial volume, Thomas Schreiner takes up the study of New Testament theology, looking for the themes that emerge from a detailed reading of the whole rather than considering the individual writings separately.
Two themes in particular emerge. The first concerns redemptive history and the kingdom of God. The New Testament writers adopt the Old Testament vision of God's reign and affirm that it has come in Jesus Christ, although final fulfillment is yet to come. Second, the ultimate goal of the kingdom is God's glory. Schreiner goes on to relate these themes to the life of the believer and the community of faith.
Pastors and students will find this a comprehensive and illuminating survey of the unifying themes found throughout the New Testament.

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Thomas R. Schreiner (MDiv and ThM, Western Conservative Baptist Seminary; PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is the James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation and associate dean of the school of theology at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Thomas R. Schreiner currently resides in Louisville, in the state of Kentucky.

Thomas R. Schreiner has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament
  2. Counterpoints: Bible & Theology
  3. Five Solas
  4. Short Studies in Biblical Theology
  5. Zondervan Beyond the Basics Video
  6. Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on New Testament

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Not Sure  May 28, 2010
Not having fully reviewed this book, I'm not sure what my overall review would be. But allow me to note this important fact, based on the statement of another reviewer:

"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."

Southern is a Reformed seminary, but Reformed theology in certain respects is cut and dry. The idea that Jesus' redemption is not a finished work, which is the only meaning of saying actual believers being able to turn away from their salvation, moves any person who believes this COMPLETELY out of the Calvinist-Reformed camp. Simply having some similarity or sameness of thought doesn't make one Reformed. It only creates a means by which one tries to call himself Reformed, or thinks himself Reformed when he is not.

Let it never be misunderstood: No truly Reformed believer can believe that any true believer at any time can lose their salvation. The Bible is explicit on this, and Reformed theology, at its very root, makes one who believes the loss of salvation as un-Reformed as it gets. Any other similarity is a contradictory facade, however sincere otherwise one may believe other Reformed teaching.

The finished work of Christ for the elect is foundational to claiming Reformed faith. Remove it and one is Arminian. And if holding to some Reformed thinking, the person is simply an inconsistent Arminian, but certainly not Reformed at all.

Keep this in mind if you read this work. The author does not believe in the finished work of Christ if he believes one can lose their salvation.
Must have  Mar 2, 2010
This book is a must have/read for anyone who studies the word. Schriner does an amazing job. 6*
one of the best NT theology  Apr 27, 2009
Thomas Schreiner's New Testament Theology is one of the best I've ever read. Very useful addition to your library. It is good for scholars, pastors and for laypersons to deepen their knowledge in the NT field and to grow in Christian faith.
A first-class NT theology  Jul 15, 2008
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.
Fantastic Resource!  Jun 4, 2008
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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