Current Issues in New Testament Studies: Biblical Theology

Current Issues in New Testament Studies I was grateful to be invited to speak at the spring PhD colloquium at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. The topic for the colloquium was “Current Issues in New Testament Studies.”

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Theology: The Goal of Interpretation

Getting Our Theology from the Bible Biblical theology seeks to discern meaning from the biblical authors themselves. This task is often called the “historical task” because the meaning given by the biblical author is thoroughly embedded in a history. Moreover, in Invitation to Biblical Interpretation we say that the task of biblical theology is “to study […]

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A Theology of the Letters to Timothy & Titus: Place in the Canon

Place in the Canon We’ve come to the final post in a series in which, after an introduction, I have presented six major themes in Paul’s letters to Timothy and Titus: (1) mission, (2) teaching, (3) salvation and God, Christ, and the Holy Spirit, (4) the church, (5) the Christian life, and (6) the last […]

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A Theology of the Letters to Timothy & Titus: The Last Days

The Last Days Conventional wisdom in Pastorals scholarship has it that by the time these letters were written (most likely by a follower of Paul after his death, many contend), the hope of an imminent return of Christ had faded. Instead, it is argued, the author has settled for a state of affairs in which […]

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A Theology of the Letters to Timothy and Titus: The Christian Life

Life between Two Epiphanies According to Paul’s teaching in the letters to Timothy and Titus, Christians live between two epiphanies or appearances of Jesus Christ: his first coming and his second coming. At his first coming, Jesus brought salvation (2 Tim 1:10; Titus 2:11); at his second coming, he will bring judgment and final salvation […]

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A Theology of the Letters of Timothy and Titus: The Church

The Theology of the Letters of Timothy and Titus: The Church While sustaining a close relationship with Old Testament Israel as the chosen people of God, there is a sense in which the church is a New Testament phenomenon. Properly understood, the church began at Pentecost (Acts 2) shortly after Jesus’ ascension and exaltation with […]

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