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The New Testament and Criticism [Paperback]

By Mr. George Eldon Ladd (Author)
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Pages   224
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.2" Width: 5.29" Height: 0.51"
Weight:   0.61 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 1, 1966
Publisher   Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
ISBN  0802816800  
EAN  9780802816801  

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One unfortunate consequence of the bitter fundamentalist-modernist controversy which raged in the early twenties has been the strongly negative attitude toward biblical criticism assumed by some of the successors to the fundamentalists of the 1920s. Such people, according to Professor Ladd, insist that the critical method is basically hostile to the evangelical faith, and they have continued to oppose any use of it. Others, however, claiming the same heritage, believe that the orthodox interpretation of the Gospel can be defended positively and constructively only with the aid of a sound critical method and the results of critical scholarship. The author believes that an evangelical biblical criticism is not only possible but necessary. The central thesis of his book is that "the Bible is the Word of God given in the words of men in history," and as such its historical origins must be reconstructed as far as possible. In this way a richer understanding of the Scriptures can be achieved. The New Testament and Criticism provides the serious student of the Scriptures with valuable guidelines for such an understanding.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Ladd, professor of New Testament exegesis and theology at Fuller Theological Seminary since 1950, was educated at Gordon College and Gordon Divinity School (B.D.) and received the Ph.D. from Harvard University. He also did postdoctoral study at Heidelberg and Basel Universities. Ordained as an American Baptist minister, Ladd served several churches in the denomination. He was professor of Greek at Gordon College (1942-45) and head of the department of New Testament at Gordon Divinity School (1946-50). His writings include Crucial Questions about the Kingdom of God (1952), The Blessed Hope (1956), The Gospel of the Kingdom (1959), Jesus Christ and History (1963), The New Testament and Criticism (1965), The Pattern of the New Testament (1968), Commentary on The Revelation (1972) and The Theology of the New Testament (1974).

George Eldon Ladd currently resides in the state of California.

George Eldon Ladd has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Scriptual Studies in the Kingdom of God
  2. Spectrum Multiview Book

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Excellent Guide for the Beginner  Sep 18, 2006
George Eldon Ladd (1911-1982) was for years a professor of New Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena. Perhaps more than any writer in evangelical circles, Ladd was instrumental in moving many from premillenial Dispensationalism to historic premillenialism. He wrote a theology of the New Testament, a commentary on Revelation, and a number of works on bible prophecy and the Kingdom of God.

1966's THE NEW TESTAMENT AND CRITICISM remains a useful book on the inspiration and interpretation of the New Testament. Ladd argues that the development of "critical" approaches to the New Testament is a fact which, notwithstanding the possibility of abuse, is here to stay. For example, textual criticism has shown that the text behind the Authorized Version is almost certainly less reliable than texts that have been recently discovered. The modern view that Mark's Gospel was written first and that Matthew and Luke used Mark plus a "Q" source, although not certain, is highly probable. He discusses textual criticism, linguistic criticism, literary criticism, form criticism, historical criticism, and comparative religion criticism. One of the best features of this book is that Ladd works his way through certain problems, such as the ending of Mark, the difficult passage in Philippians, the differences between the Synoptics and John among other issues. This gives the student insight into just how complex biblical interpretation can be.

Ladd's presentation of these topics is even handed. He concedes that critical approaches are often used by liberals to reach negative results based on their presuppositions. At the same time, when used "critically," critical methodology leads to fairly conservative conclusions about the New Testament.

As I said, THE NEW TESTAMENT AND CRITICISM remains a valuable guide to New Testament criticism from a moderately conservative approach. I'm not aware of a more recent book that covers these topics from a similar position.

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