Rudolf Bultmann's Theology of the New Testament has stood the test of time. At the very moment modernity was threatening to splinter New Testament studies into a myriad of isolated disciplines, Bultmann was somehow able to hold history, exegesis, and theology together. Theology of the New Testament was, and still is, the definitive theological statement of a high modernist critic. In it Bultmann was as relentless in his historical judgments as he was unapologetic in laying bare the New Testament's existential claims.
Beyond Bultmann puts Bultmann's classic Theology of the New Testament to a new test . Thirteen contemporary New Testament scholars subject Bultmann's Theology to a comprehensive new reading. This fresh, critical examination of Bultmann not only places his magisterial work in a new context but also reveals the enduring features of Bultmann's achievement. Beyond Bultmann demonstrates that Theology of the New Testament, far from being a relic in the museum of interpretation, still speaks today despite its flaws.
Bultmann by the Book
1. The Message of Jesus—Samuel Byrskog
2.The Kerygma of the Earliest Church—C. Kavin Rowe
3. The Kerygma of the Hellenistic Church Aside from Paul—Udo Schnelle
4. Humanity Prior to the Revelation of Faith—Richard B. Hays
5. Humanity Under Faith—John M. G. Barclay
6. Johannine Christology and Eschatology—Jörg Frey
7. Dualism and Soteriology in Johannine Theology—Richard Bauckham
8. The Rise of Church Order—Luke Timothy Johnson
9. The Development of Doctrine—James D. G. Dunn
10. Christology and Soteriology—Larry W. Hurtado
11. The Problem of Christian Living—Wayne A. Meeks
Bultmann in History and Theology
12. Bultmann’s Theology of the New Testament in Context—Angela Standhartinger
13. Bultmann and the Theological Interpretation of Scripture—Francis Watson
List of Contributors
Bruce W. Longenecker is Professor of Religion and W. W. Melton Chair at Baylor University.
Mikeal C. Parsons is Professor and Macon Chair in Religion at Baylor University.
The penetrating essays in this book analyze Bultmann's theology, applauding its strengths while also criticizing its weaknesses. This is a richly rewarding volume that newly assesses the ongoing significance of Bultmann for contemporary New Testament theology.
~Donald A. Hagner, George Eldon Ladd Professor Emeritus of New Testament, Fuller Theological Seminary
In Beyond Bultmann, leading New Testament scholars are trenchant in their criticisms of Bultmann’s theological interpretation of the New Testament, but succeed brilliantly in clarifying Bultmann’s aims and achievements. Beyond Bultmann shows the possibilities and pitfalls of a traditional discipline now capable of addressing a more secular audience.
~Rev. Robert Morgan, Fellow of Linacre College, University of Oxford
Beyond Bultmann points out the continuing importance of engaging and evaluating Bultmann as interpreter of the New Testament—in all of his historical, exegetical, and theological strengths and weaknesses. There is no better resource for this task than this critical and constructive study.
~Michael J. Gorman, Raymond E. Brown Professor of Biblical Studies and Theology, St. Mary’s Seminary & University, Baltimore
Beyond Bultmann is successful in terms of demonstrating how NT scholarship has moved beyond Bultmann with respect to such matters as first-century Judaism, the apocalyptic nature of the Pauline texts, the supposed Gnostic influence on the NT writings, belief in a content-less kerygma, and a low view of the theological worth of Luke-Acts – just to name a few.
~Joshua W. Jipp, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Themelios
A virtual dream team of New Testament academic voices, all of whom share a deep appreciation for Rudolf Bultmann’s pervasive influence in contemporary biblical studies.
~Joshua Paul Smith, Review and Expositor
Beyond Bultmann will be a lasting resource for NT students and scholars.
~David Congdon, Catholic Biblical Quarterly
…A welcome, high-energy contribution to the continuing reappraisal of one of the twentieth century’s most influential interpretations of the New Testament.
~Markus Bockmuehl, Journal of Ecclesiastical History