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Variety and Unity in New Testament Thought

John Reumann

Published in print July 1991 | ISBN: 9780198262015
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191682285 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198262015.001.0001

Series: Oxford Bible Series

Variety and Unity in New Testament Thought

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The blend of variety and unity apparent in the thought of the New Testament has been a subject for theological debate through the ages. Certain themes, teachings, and characterizations are clearly consistent, but others are perplexing in their diversity. This distinction was acknowledged by the New Testament writers themselves. For example, the author of 2 Peter looking back at the letters of ‘our beloved brother Paul’ confesses that they contain ‘some things hard to understand’. This book explores in detail the different aspects of variety and unity in the entire New Testament. The book gives special attention to the sixteen books which fall outside the central Gospels and Pauline epistles and which offer the greatest challenge to the defence of unity. These include such important writings as Revelation, 1 Peter, Hebrews, and James. The discussion shows that, despite contemporary emphasis on the pluralism of the writings, there remains a central unifying focus: faith in Jesus as the Christ. Emphases on social setting, rhetoric, and narrative are shown to enrich traditional historical criticism and to open up the New Testament for readers today.

Keywords: New Testament; 2 Peter; Paul; Gospels; Pauline epistles; unity; Revelation; 1 Peter; Hebrews; James; Jesus Christ; social setting; rhetoric; narrative; historical criticism

Book.  344 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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Is There a Centre to the New Testament? in Variety and Unity in New Testament Thought

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The New Testament Canon and the Techniques of Modern Scholarship in Variety and Unity in New Testament Thought

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Ways Proposed toward New Testament Unity in Variety and Unity in New Testament Thought

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Jesus of Nazareth as Starting-Point in Variety and Unity in New Testament Thought

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The Witness of the Four Gospels in Variety and Unity in New Testament Thought

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Pauline Theology in Variety and Unity in New Testament Thought

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Introducing the Other New Testament Books in Variety and Unity in New Testament Thought

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