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New Testament Theology

Many Witnesses, One Gospel

by I. Howard Marshall

New Testament Theology
  • Length: 765 pages
  • Published: February 23, 2010
  • Imprint: IVP Academic
  • Item Code: 7942
  • ISBN: 9780830879427

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"New Testament theology is essentially missionary theology," writes I. Howard Marshall. Founded on a sure-footed mastery of the data and constructed with clear thinking lucidly expressed, this long-anticipated New Testament theology offers the insights born of a distinguished career of study, reflection, teaching and writing on the New Testament.

Marshall's New Testament Theology will speak clearly to a broad audience of students and nonspecialists. But even on the most familiar ground, where informed readers might lower their expectations of learning something new, Marshall offers deft insights that sharpen understanding of the message of the New Testament.

Here is a New Testament theology that does not succumb to the fashion of settling for an irreconcilable diversity of New Testament voices but argues that "a synthetic New Testament theology" is a real possibility. Beginning with the Gospels and Acts, proceeding to each of Paul's letters, focusing then on the Johannine literature and finally looking at Hebrews and the remaining general epistles, Marshall repeatedly stops to assess the view. And gradually he builds up a composite synthesis of the unified theological voice of the New Testament.

On the way toward this synthesis, Marshall highlights clearly the theological voices of the individual New Testament books. Thus, his New Testament theology serves also as a sort of introduction to the New Testament books, making it double as an attractive complement to book-by-book introductions to the New Testament.

Here is a New Testament theology that will not only guide students and delight teachers but also reward expositors with a lavish fund of insights for preaching.

"This book is a stunning achievement by an outstanding scholar and gifted teacher. Here the fruit of wide reading and reflection over many years is set out most attractively. Students and scholars alike will appreciate the clarity of the discussion, the nuanced judgment on disputed issues and the guidance given to further reading. I particularly welcome the author's 'witness by witness' approach in his exposition of New Testament theology: the distinctive themes of the individual writings and the unifying threads both receive careful attention."

Graham Stanton, Lady Margaret's Professor of Divinity, University of Cambridge

"This New Testament theology, the work of a distinguished, mature scholar, is most welcome! It is methodologically sound, attuned to the current issues in the field, lucid and genuinely comprehensive. Marshall's idea of the New Testament texts as missionary theology is intriguing and deserves careful reflection. This New Testament theology should be regarded as today's standard in the field."

David M. Scholer, Professor of New Testament and Associate Dean for the Center for Advanced Theological Studies, Fuller Theological Seminary

"For decades, Howard Marshall has been a voice of thoroughness, fairness and moderation in biblical studies. Now, in a time when some are questioning the very need and legitimacy of New Testament theology, Marshall demonstrates why it must still be done and how it should be done, and then, quite simply, he does it. Biblical scholars and students on both sides of the Atlantic are once again indebted to a man who has written much and been a friend and a mentor to many."

J. Ramsey Michaels, Professor Emeritus, Southwestern Missouri State University

"I. H. Marshall surveys the issues and themes of New Testament theology as only the dean of evangelical New Testament scholars could do."

Douglas J. Moo, Blanchard Professor of New Testament, Wheaton College Graduate School

New Testament Theology makes a resounding case for fundamental agreement underlying canonical variety. Students will profit from the smooth, non-technical prose free of jargon and the select bibliographies. Seasoned scholars will feel the weight of this coherent overview of a field of study in ferment.

Paul A. Rainbow, Bulleting for Bibilical Research, 18.1

"Few who consult this book, whether for academic or ministry purposes, will fail to benefit."

Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, December 2005


General Bibliography

Part 1: Introduction
1. How Do We Do New Testament Theology?

Part 2: Jesus, the Synoptic Gospels and Acts
2. The Gospels and New Testament Theology
3. The Gospel of Mark
4. The Gospel of Matthew
5. Luke-Acts: The Former Treatise
6. Luke-Acts: The Sequel
7. The Theology of the Synoptic Gospels and Acts

Part 3: The Pauline Letters
8. The Letter to the Galatians
9. The Letters to the Thessalonians
10. The First Letter to the Corinthians
11. The Second Letter to the Corinthians
12. The Letter to the Romans
13. The Letter to the Philippians
14. The Letter to Philemon
15. The Letter to the Colossians
16. The Letter to the Ephesians
17. The Pastoral Epistles
18. The Theology of the Pauline Letters
19. Paul, the Synoptic Gospels and Acts

Part 4: The Johannine Literature
20. The Gospel of John
21. The Letters of John
22. The Revelation of John
23. The Gospels, Letters and Revelation of John
24. John, the Synoptic Gospels and Acts, and Paul

Part 5: Hebrews, James, 1-2 Peter, and Jude
25. The Letter to the Hebrews
26. The Letter of James
27. The First Letter of Peter
28. The Letter of Jude
29. The Second Letter of Peter
30. Hebrews, James, 1-2 Peter and Jude in the New Testament

Part 6: Conclusion
31. Diversity and Unity in the New Testament

Author Index
Subject Index
Scripture Index


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I. Howard Marshall

I. Howard Marshall (1934-2015) was a world-renowned New Testament scholar and the author or editor of at least thirty-eight books and more than 120 essays and articles. He taught New Testament at the University of Aberdeen for thirty-five years and was a professor emeritus for sixteen years. Among his numerous publications on the New Testament are his commentaries on the Gospel of Luke, Acts, 1-2 Thessalonians, the Pastoral Epistles, and 1 Peter and 1-3 John. He is coauthor of Exploring the New Testament: A Guide to the Letters and Revelation and coeditor of the New International Greek Testament Commentary series, as well as the author of the series' volume on Luke. He has also authored New Testament Theology: Many Witnesses, One Gospel. Marshall was an evangelical Methodist who was born and lived most of his life in Scotland. He received a PhD from the University of Aberdeen and a DD from Asbury Theological Seminary.

See IVP's Remember Ian Howard Marshall memorial page.

Read the Gospel Coalition's tribute to Marshall's life and career.