Introduction: The Apostolic Conference

G. B. Caird

Edited by L. D. Hurst

in New Testament Theology

Published in print September 1995 | ISBN: 9780198263883
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603372 | DOI:

Series: Clarendon Paperbacks

 Introduction: The Apostolic Conference

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This introductory chapter begins with a description of New Testament theology, distinguishing it from other related disciplines and apologetics. It then discusses the following approaches to writing a New Testament theology: the dogmatic approach, the chronological approach, the kerygmatic approach, the author-by-author approach, and the conference table approach, on which this study is based. The study presupposes that to write a New Testament theology is to preside at a conference of faith and order. At the table sit New Testament writers, with the presider tasked with engaging them in a colloquium on theological matters. Although the authors of the New Testament have never actually met to discuss anything, this method enables theologians to compare, for example, the theology of John with those of the other Gospels, Paul, Hebrews, and Revelation.

Keywords: dogmatic approach; chronological approach; kerygmatic approach; author-by-author approach; conference approach; apostolic conference

Chapter.  11458 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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