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Publication Date: 17 Mar 2016
Publisher: IVP
Page Count: 288
Author: Derek Tidball
ISBN-13: 9781783594139, 9781783594689

The Voices of the New Testament

A Conversational Approach To The Message Of Good News
By Derek Tidball
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Summary
While it is all concerned with the story and significance of Jesus Christ, the New Testament is a collection of twenty-seven books, by at least nine different authors, and addressed to individuals or groups in several different locations over a number of years. The books adopt very different styles, and they often appear, at least on the surface, to be talking about different issues. They are written in the heat of the missionary activity of the early church, in its living, ever-changing context.

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.
About the Author
Derek Tidball is Visiting Scholar at Spurgeon’s College, London. Previously he served as Principal of London School of Theology, and as pastor of two Baptist churches. His numerous books include Skilful Shepherds, Ministry by the Book, Signposts and The Message of Leviticus, The Message of Holiness, The Message of the Cross and (with Dianne Tidball) The Message of Women in IVP’s The Bible Speaks Today series.
Press Reviews

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.

- Conrad Gempf, Lecturer in New Testament at London School of Theology, author of Jesus Asked and How to Like Paul Again

well written, clear, and accessible text

- Evangelicals Now

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