n HTS : Theological Studies - Render to God : New Testament understanding of the divine, J.H. Neyrey : book review

Volume 64, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0259-9422
  • E-ISSN: 2072-8050



is about "the neglected factor" in New Testament study, God (see Dahl, N, , 1975). With Jesus' saying in Mark 12:17 ("render to God the things that are God's") as cue, Neyrey studies the God-talk in Mark, Matthew, Acts of the Apostles, Romans, 1 Corinthians and Galatians (chapters 1-6). In the two final chapters (7-8) the focus is on John and Hebrews, the two books of the New Testament in which Jesus is also called God. In this study Neyrey makes use of certain elements of Judean and Graeco-Roman God-talk (e.g., the rabbinic commonplace of four questions [Mark], the contrast between the covenants of promise [Abraham and David] and the covenant of Moses [Galatians], the "kingdom of God" [Matthew], the two powers of God, creative and executive [Romans and John], and the correlation of the names Jesus and Lord [John]), as well as three social science models (patronage and clientism, purity and holiness and honor and shame, appendixed at the end of the book for the uninitiated reader).

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