I. Howard Marshall’s A Concise New Testament Theology (IVP Academic: 2007, 304 pages) on sale for $5.99 for a limited time!
I. Howard Marshall is one of this generations most respected NT scholars. The author of multiple upper-level technical commentaries his published works cover all genres of the New Testament (with particular concentration on the Lukan corpus), emphasizes solid exegesis, sound historiography, and incisive, text-based theology. As helpful as Marshall’s work is, its density makes it very difficult to access for those with precious little time on their hands.
In 2004 IVP Academic published New Testament Theology: Many Witnesses, One Gospel, a work that allowed Marshall to bring together many of themes of his work into a coherent and unified expression of what he believes the New Testament writers intended to convey. At well over 700 pages it required a significant investment of time to plow through. But recognizing the immense value and popularity of Marshall’s work IVP issued a concise edition which presented his major aspects methodology, arguments, conclusions, in just over 300 pages.
A Concise New Testament Theology captures the best of Marshall’s work but does not require extended engagement This work is helpful for many audiences. First, scholars many of whom need to be familiar with the latest developments in New Testament theology, but pursue it as a specialized course of study will find this book quite convenient. It is the perfect alternative and provides familiarity with a the the perspective of a leading NT scholar.
Students often grimace in the face of massive tomes, and the comprehensive but succinct nature of this book is a perfect alternative. Lastly, pastors also find themselves strapped for time–perhaps more than any other group–and a format such as the one presented here provides accessibility without making burdensome demands on their study/preparation time.
In approach Marshall proceeds book-by-book further simplifying the task of reading through his work. This format makes the book easy to use for reference purposes while still articulating a coherent vision of NT theology.