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Walter Schmithals: His contribution to the theological and historical interpretation of the New Testament

Piet B. Boshoff
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 67, No 1 | a780 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v67i1.780 | © 2011 Piet B. Boshoff | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 17 December 2009 | Published: 11 April 2011

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The aim of this article was to explain Walter Schmithals’ unique understanding of the unity of the New Testament message. It focuses on his historical en theological interpretation of the New Testament within the parameters of the historical-critical paradigm. This article describes how Schmithals combines historical criticism with the core tenets of Protestant theology. The following facets were emphasised: Gnosticism, gospel studies and Q, Paul, early Christianity, emperor cult, separation from the synagogue, historical Jesus, apocalypticism, historical Jesus, the relationship between the Old and New Testament, ecclesiology and New Testament ethics.


historical criticism; historical interpretation of the New Testament; Protestant theology; theological interpretation of the New Testament; Walter Schmithals


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