All too often, argues Ben Witherington, the theology of the New Testament has been divorced from its ethics, leaving as isolated abstractions what are fully integrated, dynamic elements within the New Testament itself. As Witherington stresses, "behavior affects and reinforces or undoes belief."
Having completed commentaries on all of the New Testament books, a remarkable feat in itself, Witherington now offers the first of a two-volume set on the theological and ethical thought world of the New Testament. The first volume looks at the individual witnesses, while the second examines the collective witness.
The New Testament, says Ben Witherington, is "like a smallish choir. All are singing the same cantata, but each has an individual voice and is singing its own parts and notes. If we fail to pay attention to all the voices in the choir, we do not get the entire effect. . . . If this first volume is about closely analyzing the sheet music left to us by which each musician's part is delineated, the second volume will attempt to re-create what it might have sounded like had they ever gotten together and performed their scores to produce a single masterful cantata."
What the New Testament authors have in mind, Witherington contends, is that all believers should be conformed in thought, word and deed to the image of Jesus Christ--the indelible image.
Friday, December 2, 2011
Friday Book Giveaway! Special Holiday Edition
Forget Black Friday! Who needs to wait in long lines for cheap stuff?
Forget cyber Monday! Who cares what deals you can buy online?
I know what my readers want. They want free books just for the asking!
So, in honor of the holidays I will be giving away a book each Friday until December 16th. That means that if you are a reader of this blog and either want a book for yourself or to put under the tree for someone special, you have three chances to win before Christmas (Xmas). And, I am going to tell you in advance which ones I am giving away in the order you can expect them.
Today - Ben Witherington - The Indelible Image: The Theological and Ethical Thought World of the New Testament Vol. One (IVP, 2009).
December 9th - David deSilva - An Introduction to the New Testament: Contexts, Methods & Ministry Formation (IVP, 2004).
December 16th - N.T. Wright - The Resurrection of the Son of God (Fortress, 2003).
So check back each week and put you name in the drawing and put a book under your tree (they are much to thick for stockings). Winners will be selected on the Sunday following the Friday the book is posted. As always, the winner has five days to claim their book once their name has been posted. All unclaimed books go back on the shelf.
In the mean time, here is the blurb for Witherington's book.
Leave your name below and good luck to you all.