A Helpful Glance Backwards: 20th-Century NT Studies

Larry Hurtado's Blog

In participating yesterday in a session of the core course in our masters-degree in Biblical Studies (Edinburgh), and having been asked to highlight some major issues and questions current in NT studies, I remembered also briefly the need to look backwards, to the history of previous scholarship.  Certainly, anyone who aspires to become really conversant with a field of study needs to know something of the prior history of the field, and how we got to where we are.

From my own student days onward, I’ve been interested in this, and have found it not only interesting but also useful in critically assessing further and more recent developments.  It’s interesting (and sometimes surprising) to find that things announced as “new” often turn out to be re-treads of ideas and approaches of an earlier period in the field, the presenters of the idea often unaware of this.  I have also found…

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