|Publication Date: 17 Mar 2016|
|Page Count: 288|
|Author: Derek Tidball|
|ISBN-13: 9781783594139, 9781783594689|
The Voices of the New Testament
This diversity adds richness to our understanding of the Christian faith and its fundamental beliefs – but how might we discover coherence in the teaching of the New Testament without imposing a false synthesis on it, or distorting the emphasis of any individual writer?
In a novel approach, Derek Tidball presents a round-table conversation between the New Testament authors that both reveals how much they have in common and permits them to make their distinctive or even unique contributions. An imaginary ‘chair’ presides over the discussion, and an ‘observer’ enables further commentary on selected topics.
Tidball’s chosen integrating theme is the ‘good news’, ‘the gospel about Jesus the Messiah’ (Mark 1:1). He explores why we need the gospel; the person and work of Christ, who is the gospel; the nature of salvation; how we respond to and live out the gospel; and the ultimate fulfilment of the gospel in terms of a new creation.
This is brilliant! Derek Tidball begins with capsule summaries of other kinds of New Testament theologies and instances of each; these are gold dust for students. But that’s just the starter — where the book goes next is truly extraordinary. Many authors have written about how the New Testament speaks with different voices, but Derek gives them voice, bringing to life a conversation that is powerful and transformative and simply glorious. Have you ever imagined sitting in on a dialogue between Paul and James or between Mark, Matthew and Luke? Now you can.
well written, clear, and accessible text