According to the author, this is not a book for the expert. It is written to be read by the non-theologian who is anxious to know and is prepared to devote some time and thought to New Testament interpretation. Chapters include: 1)Challenge to Orthodoxy 2)The New testament and History 3)What the New Testment Says and What It Means 4)Jesus and the Gospel 5)Greeks and Christians 6)Re-enter Theology 7)The Gospel Behind the Gospels 8)Salvation is of the Jews 9)History and Theology
To bring this widely acclaimed book completely up to date, the late Bishop Neill's colleague N.T. Wright has revised and expanded the entire contents and added a new chapter covering New Testament scholarship of the last twenty-five years. This masterful survey describes the historical development of New Testament criticism, the contrasting personalities of scholars, and the permanent contributions made by various schools, ending with an assessment of the current status of the field.
"Updating a classic is not easy task. Tom Wright has done a superb job."--Joseph L. Trafton, Western Kentucky University
"A delight for students and scholars....All that Neill says is of great value to anyone concerned with the understanding of the New Testament...[and] having Tom Wright's excellent up-dating for the last twenty years or so is an added bonus."--Faith and Freedom
"It is probably his attention to the personalities of the scholars involved in the debate which makes Bishop Stephen Neill's history of a century of New Testament interpretations of such absorbing interest....His knowledge of the major works of New Testament criticism in five languages is astonishing....Altogether an excellent book."--Times Literary Supplement
, on the first edition
"I have no problem in seconding the judgment of the Times Literary Supplement that this is, indeed, 'an excellent book.'"--Toronto Journal of Theology
"An excellent text."--G.Burge, North Park College