An extended treatment on Biblical Theology, History, and Revelation follows, including Salvation History, the canon, and unity and diversity. Part 1 covers major themes with regard to the Synoptic Gospels. Chapter 2 discusses John the Baptist. George Eldon Ladd offers a solid New Testament Theology from a premillennial, non-dispensational perspective.
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A distinguished professor for many years at Fuller Theological Seminary, Ladd passed away in Eight years before his death, he saw the first edition of his colossal book roll off the presses. Throughout the English-speaking world, students and pastors regularly consult its pages. While explaining the Kingdom of God, Ladd made six cursory references to one primary source, namely the mishnaic tractate Avot.
The six references appear on one page in two short, consecutive footnotes. Moreover, the New Testament and rabbinic texts are the only two bodies of literature where the Kingdom of God or Kingdom of Heaven appears repeatedly as a technical term. By engaging the rabbinic literature in a superficial manner, Ladd deprived himself of a rich source of information that could have sharpened the results of his research.
In his book, Sanders forcefully refuted such a misrepresentation of the Jewish faith. Sanders elaborated on a topic which Schechter and Moore had already visited. Could it help explain the sparse appearance of references to these sources in his A Theology of the New Testament? In the case of the Rich Young Ruler story, there is no difficulty in the dialogue beginning with a question about eternal life and ending with the high cost of entry into the Kingdom of God—two distinct concepts.
George Eldon Ladd
A Theology of the New Testament, Revised Edition