How did New Testament writers understand the period between a believer's "initiation" into faith and their "graduation" into death and resurrection? In this collection of essays, Talbert, Whitlark, Scott Hafemann, and others identify how the Gospels, the epistles, and Revelation comprehend postconversion conviction as "new covenant piety" where God's grace sustains the believer's earthly life in Christ. 320 pages, softcover from Eerdmans.
Innovative excursion into New Testament teaching on the earthly life of faith
What does it mean to "get saved"? Is conversion a gift of God's grace but the post-conversion Christian life in our own hands? Is the covenant relationship sustained by a sense of personal gratitude for God's past gift of conversion -- or is post-conversion faithfulness itself an ongoing gift from God?
In this book Charles H. Talbert and Jason A. Whitlark, together with Andrew E. Arterbury, Clifford A. Barbarick, Scott J. Hafemann, and Michael W. Martin, address such questions about God's role in the Christian's life. Through careful, consistent exegesis of relevant New Testament texts, they show that "getting saved" involves both God's forgiveness and God's enablement to obey -- or "new covenant piety" -- from initial conversion to eschatological salvation.
Charles H. Talbert is distinguished professor of religion at Baylor University. His many other books include Reading the Sermon on the Mount and Reading Acts: A Literary and Theological Commentary on the Acts of the Apostles.
Jason A. Whitlark is assistant professor of New Testament at Baylor University. He is also the author of Enabling Fidelity to God: Perseverance in Hebrews in Light of the Reciprocity Systems of the Ancient Mediterranean World.
-- University of Edinburgh
"This book presents with sparkling clarity the core theological ideas about salvation contained in the New Testament. It is theologically rich, intellectually innovative, and beautifully crafted. Scholars, pastors, and general readers will be grateful for the lucidity with which the authors write."
-- Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
"A balanced collection that brings clarity and critical nuance to the complex issue of New Testament soteriology. The essays offer a number of fresh -- and mostly convincing -- readings of important biblical books and outline some new approaches to several important topics."
Mark Allan Powell-- Trinity Lutheran Seminary
"Explores the role of divine enablement in soteriology, demonstrating how different New Testament authors develop that theme in diverse and sometimes surprising ways. . . . Provocative and revelatory, these studies shed new light on biblical texts and will provide new avenues for Jewish-Christian dialogue."
C. Clifton Black
--Princeton Theological Seminary
"Extending previous research in creative directions, this volume should stimulate a return to the primary sources and productive debate over their interpretation."
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