There have been many books offering a theological exposition of the Old Testament in recent years, but the subject of the theology of the New Testament has been comparatively neglected. This volume, by a scholar in the University of Gottingen sees two dangerous trends in current New Testament study: a retreat into the merely historical description of New Testament documents, and the tendency to directly appropriate statements from the New Testament as teaching for today -- which means a selection of ideas congenial to the contemporary situation. No other guide to New Testament theology has appeared since Bultmann's crucial Theology of The New Testament. This volume draws heavily upon Bultmann's work, but goes beyond it to incorporate later studies. The exposition covers an analysis of the Judaic-Hellenistic cultures in which the New Testament took form, and then sets forth the ""kerygma"" or ""message"" of the primitive Christian church as reported by the Synoptic Gospels, in the Pauline writings, and in the Johannine documents. Written as a text for students, it will be found serviceable for clergy who wish to bring their understanding of New Testament scholarship up to date.