In the tradition of teasing you with books that you can’t actually purchase yet, I saw that James Dunn is coming out with his own New Testament theology. It is supposed to be out later this spring (with Abingdon) and it should be fascinating to see how this important New Testament scholar summarizes his understanding of the entire New Testament.
This also made me realize that this has been a busy few years for producing NT theologies. Recent publications includ Tom Schreiner’s New Testament Theology: Magnifying God in Christ, Frank Matera’s New Testament Theology: Exploring Diversity and Unity, I. Howard Marshall’s New Testament Theology: Many Witnesses, One Gospel, and Frank Thielman’s Theology of the New Testament: A Canonical and Synthetic Approach. And that’s only counting the more important recent contributions. Not being a NT scholar myself, I am left wondering why it is that there has been so much activity in just the last few years. One has to wonder if this is simply the fruit of the backlash against the ‘bibilcal theology is dead’ movement a few decades back, or if there are other factors at work. Regardless, there is plenty of new material out there to digest for NT students, and another one on the way.