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date: 23 August 2019

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This article reviews New Testament scholarship over the last seventy years. It focuses on three scholarly generations that differ sufficiently to be labelled as times of continuation (1935–62), transition (1960s and 1970s), and innovation (1980–2005). The changing social, political, and economic environments are reflected in a tendency towards cautious theological synthesis in the first generation; theological radicalism, internationalism, and ecumenism in the second; and a new pluralism, including some retreat from or repudiation of theology, in the third.

Keywords: biblical scholarship, continuation, transition, innovation, theological synthesis, theological radicalism, internationalism, ecumenism, pluralism

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