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The Origins of New Testament Theology

A Dialogue with Hans Dieter Betz
Edited by Rainer Hirsch-Luipold and Robert Matthew Calhoun

[Die Ursprünge neutestamentlicher Theologie. Ein Gespräch mit Hans Dieter Betz]

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What are the origins and preconditions of New Testament theology? How did early Christians come to understand their faith as an object of knowledge, and thus as theology? In contrast to studies of New Testament theology that ask what it is, the contributors of this volume enter into a dialogue with Hans Dieter Betz to investigate where it comes from.
In contrast to studies of New Testament theology that ask or assume what it is, this volume investigates where it comes from. In a dialogue with Hans Dieter Betz, the contributors ask about the origins and preconditions of New Testament theology. How did it begin, both in terms of its historical stimuli and in terms of its earliest literary expressions? To what extent, if at all, did early Christians think of themselves as »doing theology«? How did early Christians come to understand their faith as an object of knowledge, and thus as theology? And, how did early Christians participate in and contribute to wider philosophical conversations about religion and what can be known about the divine in Roman antiquity?
Survey of contents
Rainer Hirsch-Luipold/Robert Matthew Calhoun: Introduction – Hans Dieter Betz: New Testament Theology: The Origins of a Concept – Gerd Van Riel: Theology and Religiosity in the Greek Pagan Tradition – Johan C. Thom: Theology and Popular Philosophy – Rainer Hirsch-Luipold: Theo-logy in John and in Early Imperial Platonism – Ulrich Luz † Die biblische Tradition als Wurzelgrund neutestamentlicher Theologie: Eine Skizze – Harold W. Attridge: The Beginnings of Christian Theology – Samuel Vollenweider: Paläste und ihre Baupläne: Auf der Suche nach der Theologie des Neuen Testaments – Hans Dieter Betz: The Reasons for Romans: Why Did Paul Write His Letter to the Romans?
Authors/Editors

Rainer Hirsch-Luipold Born 1967; studies in Protestant Theology and Greek Philology; since 2011 Professor of New Testament and History of Ancient Religion, University of Bern; since 2015 also Extraordinary Professor in the Department of Ancient Studies, Stellenbosch University.

Robert Matthew Calhoun Born 1971; 2011 PhD in New Testament and Early Christian Literature from the University of Chicago; since 2016 Research Assistant to the A. A. Bradford Chair, Texas Christian University.
https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5056-2050

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