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Why Christ Matters
Toward a New Testament Christology

By Leander E. Keck

Why Christ Matters
Hardback, 187 pages $39.95
Published: 15th July 2015
ISBN: 9781481302975
Format: 9in x 6in

Subjects: All Biblical Studies, All Theology, Biblical Theology, New Testament

For half a century Leander Keck thought, taught, and wrote about the New Testament. He first served as a Professor of New Testament at Vanderbilt Divinity School and Emory University’s Candler School of Theology before becoming Dean and Professor of Biblical Theology at Yale Divinity School. Keck’s lifelong work on Jesus and Paul was a catalyst for the emerging discussions of New Testament Christology and Pauline theology in the Society of Biblical Literature and the Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas. Keck wrote a staggering number of now industry-standard articles on the New Testament. Here, they are all collected for the first time. In Why Christ Matters and Christ's First Theologian, readers will discover how Keck gave new answers to old questions even as he carefully reframed old answers into new questions. Keck’s work is a treasure trove of historical, exegetical, and theological interpretation.


1. The Renewal of New Testament Christology

2. What, Then, Is New Testament Christology?

3. The Second Coming of the Liberal Jesus?

4. Jesus the Jew

5. Jesus and Judaism in the New Testament

6. Anthropology and Soteriology in Johannine Christology

7. Christology, Soteriology, and the Praise of God in Romans

8. “Jesus” in Romans

9. The New Testament and Nicea

“Independent thinking, sound judgment, generous criticism, theological acuity”

—Matthew V. Novenson, Lecturer in New Testament and Christian Origins, School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh 

“Decades long in the making…to be welcomed by all”

—M. Eugene Boring, I. Wylie Briscoe Professor of New Testament, Emeritus, Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian University

“High caliber…enduring quality”

—Frank J. Matera, Professor Emeritus, The Catholic University of America 

“Stellar contributions from one of the outstanding New Testament scholars of the last half-century”

—Beverly Gaventa, Distinguished Professor of New Testament, Baylor University

"Students would do well to disciple themselves to Keck’s approach to his subject matter, which is characterized by unusual clarity, independence of judgment, and theological acuity. Pastors and teachers who work through this volume will find in Keck an exemplar of theological reasoning and close engagement with biblical texts."

—Joel B. Green, Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and Theology

"…Keck’s essays are solid reminders of important, ongoing debates between historical analysis and theological interpretation of the New Testament writings."

—Jeffrey S. Siker, Horizons

“Keck’s incisive, magisterial essays are essential reading for all who want to understand New Testament criticism in the twentieth century: its findings, its foibles, and its future prospects.”

—Richard B. Hays, Dean and George Washington Ivey Professor of New Testament, Duke Divinity School

"These essays are creative and valuable for New Testament scholarship."

—Wendell Willis, Restoration Quarterly

Leander E. Keck is Winkley Professor Emeritus of Biblical Theology at Yale Divinity School. 

Publication Details:

 Hardback , 187 pages
 9in x 6in

  REL006220, REL067000, REL067040
 Baylor University Press

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