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Studies on Heremeneutics, Christology and Discipleship
Richard N. Longenecker
Publication Date
December 2006


These eleven lucid, fresh, and thought-provoking essays from a master-craftsman among New Testament scholars reflect his conviction that these three topics—hermeneutics, Christology, and discipleship—must always be considered together.

In the first set of essays, Longenecker sets out his distinctive take on the nature of an evangelical hermeneutics.

In the second set, he focuses on what he calls the “foundational conviction of New Testament Christology,” the obedience/faithfulness/sonship of Christ, and brings back into discussion often forgotten dimensions of Christology. Here he explores a range of christological materials and motifs within the early Christian communities, with special studies on the concept of the virgin birth and on the curious case of the Melchizedek Christology in Hebrews.

The third set, both practical and exegetical, are, as he says, “where the rubber meets the road,” on the implications of the “Son of Man” imagery for discipleship and on the theme of discipleship in Luke–Acts.


1. Three Ways of Understanding Relations between the Testaments—Historically and Today
2. A Developmental Hermeneutic: New Treasures as Well as Old
3. Can We Reproduce the Exegesis of the New Testament?
4. Major Tasks of an Evangelical Hermeneutic: Some Observations on Commonalities, Interrelations, and Differences

5. Christological Materials within the Early Christian Communities
6. The Foundational Conviction of New Testament Christology: The Obedience/Faithfulness/Sonship of Christ
7. Some Distinctive Early Christological Motifs
8. Whose Child Is This?
9. The Melchizedek Argument of Hebrews: A Unique Christological Presentation for a Particular Situation

10. “Son of Man” Imagery: Some Implications for Theology and Discipleship
11. Taking up the Cross Daily: Discipleship in Luke-Acts

Richard N. Longenecker is Distinguished Professor of New Testament at McMaster Divinity College, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

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