The Witness of Jesus, Paul and John
An Exploration in Biblical Theology
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The Witness of Jesus, Paul and John
"In this midlevel biblical theology, Helyer displays the fruit of a quarter-century of study and college teaching. The distilled wisdom found here is enormous. Helyer interacts extensively with biblical scholarship of recent generations. But he doesn't neglect the light shed on his subject by patristic and Reformation figures. He explains the differing hermeneutics informing Reformed and dispensational systems. Most of all he unpacks Scripture's message in a rich and orderly way. Undergraduates hearing Helyer teach this material were privileged. Now a much wider audience can profit from this work of unusual clarity, integrity, breadth and energy."
—Robert W. Yarbrough, associate professor of New Testament and New Testament department chair, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
"Few scholars would take on the task that Dr. Larry Helyer has chosen in this formidable textbook: to locate the center of biblical theology and find its unifying themes in the chief witnesses in the New Testament. Following a 120-page review of the problems and proposals traditionally associated with the task, Helyer studies Jesus, Paul and John to locate a common theological thread--which he does with care and discernment. He claims that the New Testament does indeed have a unifying motif and he defends this successfully. This is an enormously helpful book that will give needed guidance to evangelical students for many years to come."
—Gary M. Burge, professor of New Testament, Wheaton College & Graduate School
"A delightfully useful textbook! Helyer read my mind, covering the topics that I want a New Testament theology textbook to discuss. In an engaging style, Helyer introduces, for example, the kingdom of God, balancing just the right amount of history, like Schweitzer and Dodd, with solid exegesis. Today's student hears about love from both Leon Morris and Harry Potter. Written from an unapologetically evangelical viewpoint, students are introduced to both covenantal and dispensational approaches in a fair, balanced manner, providing a textbook for both traditions."
—E. Randolph Richards, dean, School of Ministry, Palm Beach Atlantic University
"In this excellent volume, Larry Helyer provides a clear and compelling description of the heart of the message of the New Testament. Larry does an outstanding job of synthesizing and interpreting the testimony of Jesus, Paul and John in a way that is understandable and helpful to readers. The volume is well rooted in good scholarship, shows appropriate sensitivity to the first-century historical context and reflects careful exegetical analysis of the important texts. This book should be given top consideration for any course on New Testament theology."
—Clinton E. Arnold, professor and chairman, Department of New Testament, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University
"Though a scholarly work, Witness is readable and accessible. It includes short forays into academic biblical studies and historical theology making it a helpful resource for pastors."
—Frederick S. Tappenden, Bible Study Magazine, May/June 2009
"An outstanding work that accomplishes its objectives and fills a gap in the contemporary literature admirably. Theological students, pastors and teachers and thoughtful laypeople alike can benefit from its well chosen and well defended contents. Thanks, Larry, for giving us a retirement gift!"
—Craig L. Blomberg, Dharma Deepika, January-June 2010