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The Old Is Better: New Testament Essays in Support of Traditional Interpretations
Gundry, Robert H.

Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2005 pp. xiii + 454. €109.00

Series Information
Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament, 178


Description: Current study of the New Testament features many new interpretations. Robert Gundry's book finds them largely wanting and defends traditional ones. Several of its essays have never been published before. Most of the rest, though previously published, have been updated and otherwise revised, sometimes heavily. Topics include theological diversity, symbiosis between theology and genre criticism, pre-Papian tradition concerning Mark and Matthew as apostolically Johannine, Secret Mark as secondary, mishnaic jurisprudence as compatible with Jesus blasphemy, Matthew as not Christian Jewish, Matthean soteriology, criticism of H. D. Betz on the Sermon on the Mount, P. Oxy. 655 as secondary to Q 12:22b-31, resurrection as uniformly physical, criticism of nonreductive physicalism, criticism of the new perspective on Paul, nonimputation of Christs righteousness, puberal sexual lusts in Romans 7:7-25, cruciform rather than incarnational emphasis in Philippians 2:6-11, Thessalonian eschatology, Johns sectarianism, the pervasiveness of Johns Word-Christology, Revelations angelomorphic Christology, and the New Jerusalem.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Literature

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Review by Michael F. Bird
Published 1/24/2009
Citation: Michael F. Bird, review of Robert H. Gundry, The Old Is Better: New Testament Essays in Support of Traditional Interpretations, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2009).


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