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Fri 17 Aug 2018 @ 11:41
Review: 'This is a book, then, of considerable diversity, with something for almost everyone.'
David Brown reviews… https://t.co/x7UuKnyyR9
Author(s): David Allen
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"If all you know is the New Testament, you do not know the New Testament" - so the late NT scholar Martin Hengel is reputed to have said. This book, a study of the way in the New Testament writers utilized the Jewish Scriptures in order to describe, articulate and evaluate the death of Jesus, takes Hengel at his word.
What Old Testament texts are quoted in the New Testament?, how are they used and what might such analysis mean for the (contemporary) reader? Focusing in particular on the passion narratives in the Synoptic Gospels, According to the Scriptures seeks to engage with these questions.
It will provide a useful new framework for thinking about why the early Church understood Jesus' death in terms of the Scriptures, what difference that understanding made, and what relevance that might have for us as we seek to make sense of the death of Jesus.
2. The Old Testament in Mark's Passion
3. The Old Testament in Matthew's Passion
4. The Old Testament in Luke-Acts' Passion
5. The Old Testament in John's Passion
6. The Old Testament in Paul's Depiction of Jesus' Death
7. The Old Testament in Hebrew's Passion
8. The Old Testament in the 'Passion' of the Other New Testament Epistles
David Allen teaches biblical studies modules and New Testament Greek at the Queen’s Foundation in Birmingham, and is Academic Dean within the Foundation. He has a particular interest in the letters at the end of the New Testament, notably the Epistle to the Hebrews, and is especially concerned that they get a hearing in the life and practice of the Church. Much of his research concerns the way in which the New Testament uses the Hebrew Scriptures, and the intertextual reading strategies this generates. He is a regular member of the British Old Testament in the New Seminar.
"David Allen's new work conveniently brings together in one volume a lucid exploration of the various ways in which the New Testament authors employ the Jewish scriptures to describe and explain the death of Jesus. He brings to this endeavour both a wide understanding of New Testament theologies, and a particular expertise in early Christian interpretation of the Old Testament. This results in a book which is informed by the latest scholarship and nuanced in all its judgements. I shall be recommending it to all my students." -- Susan Docherty , Professor of New Testament and Early Judaism/Head of Theology, Newman University, Birmingham