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The State of New Testament Studies

A Survey of Recent Research

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This book surveys the current landscape of New Testament studies, offering students a concise guide to contemporary discussions. Bringing together a diverse group of experts, it covers research on the most important issues in New Testament studies, including new discipline areas, making it an ideal supplemental textbook for a variety of courses on the New Testament.


Introduction     Nijay K. Gupta and Scot McKnight
Part 1: Ancient Context
1. Early Christianity and the Roman Empire     Greg Carey
2. Women in the Jewish, Greco-Roman, and Early Christian World     Lynn H. Cohick
Part 2: Interpretation
3. Hermeneutics and Exegesis     Dennis R. Edwards
4. The Old Testament in the New Testament     Matthew W. Bates
5. The Genre of the Gospels     Wes Olmstead
6. The Study of the Greek Language     Dana M. Harris
Part 3: Jesus, Paul, and New Testament Theology
7. Jesus of Nazareth     Rebekah Eklund
8. New Testament Christology     David B. Capes
9. Paul, a Jew among Jews, Greeks, and Romans     Michael F. Bird
10. Pauline Theology: Perspectives, Perennial Topics, and Prospects     Michael J. Gorman
11. New Testament Eschatologies     Patrick Mitchel
12. New Testament Ethics     Nijay K. Gupta
Part 4: New Testament Texts
13. The Gospel of Matthew     Rodney Reeves
14. The Gospel of Mark     Jin Young Choi
15. The Gospel of Luke     Drew J. Strait
16. The Gospel of John     Alicia D. Myers
17. The Acts of the Apostles     Joshua W. Jipp
18. Paul and Romans     Scot McKnight
19. The Epistle to the Hebrews     David M. Moffitt
20. The Epistle of James     Mariam Kamell Kovalishyn
21. The Petrine Letters and Jude     Abson Joseph
22. The Epistles of John     Toan Do
23. The Book of Revelation     Michael C. Thompson


"The vast number of studies on the New Testament can lead to despair, but these essays come to the rescue. They provide an entry point for the major topics, summarize the breadth of the contributions (both the helpful and the unusual), and provide the bibliographic resources by which one may proceed."

Klyne Snodgrass, professor emeritus of New Testament, North Park Theological Seminary

"As the fleet of specialized disciplines within New Testament studies sails forward into waters unknown, we need to know where we've come from, where we're heading, and what kind of boat we're in. Thankfully, McKnight and Gupta have marshaled an impressive and diverse array of scholars who can give us an updated report from the crow's nest."

Nicholas Perrin, president, Trinity International University

"Rich in resources and thorough in content, The State of New Testament Studies offers a vital resource for the new millennium. From sage established scholars and rising stars of the next generation, readers learn the recent history of the field. These new vistas in methodology create fresh insights into and applications of the text. I will certainly put this into the hands of my students and keep it easily accessible for myself."

Amy Peeler, associate professor of New Testament, Wheaton College

"What a remarkable achievement and welcome contribution! When I was finishing my PhD and applying for jobs, I devoured Osborne and McKnight's The Face of New Testament Studies to make sure I would have a general, up-to-date understanding of the parts of the New Testament that my own narrow research had inevitably missed. With that book as the original inspiration, McKnight and Gupta have gathered a thoughtful range of scholars to provide a needed, current 'state of the art' discussion of the New Testament. This will be a valuable resource for years to come."

Jonathan T. Pennington, associate professor of New Testament and director of research doctoral studies, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

"Sketching a generalized picture of the journey of New Testament scholarship to date is initially a daunting and precarious task. Yet these essays, by drawing on a breadth and depth of scholarship, by asking the right questions, and by curating new ones, have accomplished it superbly! This collection not only reminds Bible students of the need to rehearse, rethink, and re-evaluate the landscape of scholarly discourse in the field but also offers excellent critical resources to do so. Readers at all levels who value the importance of situating New Testament research on the historical bedrock of scholarly insight will find this compendium deeply satisfying."

Andrew Boakye, lecturer in religions and theology, University of Manchester

The Authors

  1. Scot McKnight
    Marcus Emerson

    Scot McKnight

    Scot McKnight (PhD, University of Nottingham), a world-renowned scholar, writer, and speaker, is a visiting professor at Houston Theological Seminary and Westminster Theological Centre, United Kingdom. He is the author, coauthor, or editor of more than...

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  2. Nijay K. Gupta
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    Nijay K. Gupta

    Nijay K. Gupta (PhD, Durham University) is professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary. He is cohost of the Slow Theology podcast, founder of the Crux Sola blog, and has written numerous books, including Tell Her Story, A Beginner's...

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