"The New Testament does not develop a systematic doctrine of salvation," writes Brenda Colijn. "Instead, it presents us with a variety of pictures taken from different perspectives." Viewed from different angles salvation may look like living under God's reign, freedom from internal and external forces, or the restoration of broken relationships with God, others, creation and even one's own best self. Colijn, who holds degrees in English literature as well as theology, embraces a critical-realist methodology that incorporates New Testament theology, literary criticism and theological interpretation. She advocates listening to the individual authors of Scripture in their own social-cultural and historical settings, while looking for how the texts work both individually and collectively at a literary level. Students of the New Testament and of theology will both find their vision broadened and their understanding deepened by this rich, informative study. Book jacket.
Images of Salvation in the New Testament
Mind, Body & Spirit