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Variety and Unity in New Testament Thought$
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John Reumann

Print publication date: 1991

Print ISBN-13: 9780198262015

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198262015.001.0001

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Introducing the Other New Testament Books

Introducing the Other New Testament Books

(p.97) 7 Introducing the Other New Testament Books
Variety and Unity in New Testament Thought

John Reumann

Oxford University Press

The New Testament writings apart from the four gospels and Paul's acknowledged letters—a dozen to sixteen books, depending how one counts, among the twenty-seven in the canon are often looked on as the ‘et cetera’ of Christian Scripture. The so-called ‘catholic epistles’, plus Hebrews, the single apocalyptic book in the New Testament, and the pastoral epistles, and finally the letters that are often denied by historical and literary criticism and theology to Paul himself have often been treated as orphans. There is an analogy between the New Testament writings and the threefold Old Testament canon of the law, the prophets, and the sacred writings. The gospels, like the Pentateuch, are foundational. The epistles of Paul are like the prophets in applying and advancing the significance of the great redeeming event, the exodus in the one case, Jesus Cross and resurrection in the other.

Keywords:   Christian Scripture, catholic epistles, Hebrews, criticism, theology, New Testament, Old Testament

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