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Overview Balla surveys and examines the challenges facing any attempt to write a New Testament theology and offers his own program for justifying such an undertaking. With a view toward uncovering a basic unity in the theology of the New Testament, Balla maps how the historian may indeed describe the theological content of the New Testament. He asserts that orthodoxy was not a later development but Christianity in its earliest form. He further avers that the canon's formation was not the result of a late decision; rather, it can be traced to moorings in the first century. Sure to be controversial, Challenges to New Testament Theology holds great promise as a textbook in New Testament courses and as a starting point in the scholarly discussion of the topic.
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Studio: Hendrickson Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.98" Width: 6.01" Height: 0.75" Weight: 1.3 lbs.
Release Date Nov 30, 1998
Publisher Hendrickson Publishers
ISBN 1565633946 ISBN13 9781565633940
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More About Peter Balla & Patrick H. Alexander
Peter Balla received his PhD from the University of Edinburgh. Since 1996 he has been chairperson of the New Testament department at the Karoli Gaspar Reformed University in Budapest.
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Good info but hard to read Jan 6, 2009
Balla does a very good job of making his point that New Testament Theology is a legitimate area of study. He goes into so much detail though that it's difficult to read unless you are super interested in the topic.
Good, but technical Dec 14, 2006
Balla's book is, in my opinion, an excellent book. It deals with the various arguments against the concept of a New Testament Theology systematically and thoroughly. Balla does a good job throughout to not overstate his case. In a number of instances, he acknowledges that a particular challenge cannot be completely swept away. In these cases, he shows that there is, however, an alternative means of understanding the data, such that the challenge is weakened. This is a sign of humility in writing, of which we need much more.
However, I only rated Balla'a book 4 stars for two reasons. First, it often assumes a background in the subject matter. This is not necessarily a bad thing, because Balla can simply move beyond the basic matter without using unnecessary space. However, the potential reader or buyer should be aware of the fact. Second, and more importantly, Balla utilizes many quotes from the original sources that he is arguing against, many of which are in German. Balla neither summarizes the points nor provides even a rough translation. Therefore, it is difficult to assess his point and his argument without a reading knowledge of German. While this is par for the course in Biblical Studies, it does significantly restrict the audience that will find this book helpful.
On the whole, this is an excellent book on the topic. However, readers should be aware of the challenges in reading the book.