Ways Proposed toward New Testament Unity

John Reumann

in Variety and Unity in New Testament Thought

Published in print July 1991 | ISBN: 9780198262015
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191682285 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Bible Series

Ways Proposed toward New Testament Unity

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This chapter discusses the aims and priorities of this volume with regard to the challenge that diversity presents to New Testament unity. This chapter gives a striking account of some surface similarities among the twenty-seven documents. Given such likenesses and differences, many of New Testament books may be thought of so as to sense a unity. Every writing in the New Testament collection is a ‘Jesus book’. However, distinctions must be made between them. Each book of the New Testament has a view of Jesus of one sort or another. Of all the topics taught by Jesus, the one that has the widest use throughout the New Testament writings is his chief theme, ‘the kingdom of heaven’. While the synoptics present the concept far more than does John, almost every book in the canon uses it in one way or another.

Keywords: New Testament; Jesus book; epistles; Christology; gospel; eschatology; community

Chapter.  2915 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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