The New Testament writers construct God as active in the world and among human beings. These pictures of God are more functional than ontological, concerned with Gods activity rather than pondering Gods being. In this insightful book Warren Carter offers both a descriptive and critical look at key snapshots depicting God-at-work in the New Testament and asks readers to contend with the implications of these God-portraits for life in the world today. Rather than offering a single picture of God, Carter helps readers discover the power of engaging the sometimes competing images of God-at-work in the New Testament. This critical tension can lead to a more discerning understanding of what God is up to in the world today and how individuals and communities are called to live in light of Gods good news in Jesus Christ.
"Rarely does one exclaim, This is a real page-turner! when describing a book on the New Testamentbut I must
say it. With his characteristic concision and clarity, not to mention wit and conversational style, Carter leads us on a tour
of God-at-Work in fifteen closely-read texts. What claims do the various texts make about God? What questions or red
flags do these texts raise? What effect do or should these texts have upon us as readers today?
Carter intrepidly takes up some of the more challenging and cryptic NT texts and asks aloud many of the uncomfortable questions weve wondered about but might not have voiced so pointedly. He does not provide tidy answers, but his approach entices us not to give up, but rather to dive even deeper into the texts, their world, and ours. In reading this book, I was variously educated, entertained, challenged, and even moved." -Jaime Clark-Soles
Professor of New Testament and Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas
"Carter intrepidly takes up some of the more challenging and cryptic New Testament texts and asks aloud many of the uncomfortable questions weve wondered about but might not have voiced as pointedly. He does not provide tidy answers, but his approach entices us not to give up but rather to dive even deeper into the texts, their world, and ours. In reading this book, I was variously educated, entertained, challenged, and even moved.
Jaime Clark-Soles, Professor of New Testament and Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, Dallas,TX
Carters engaging, conversational style approaches the New Testaments view of God through a careful, contextual discussion of a variety of texts. The result is not a monolithic view of the deity or a one-size-fits-all image of God who can be reduced to a single adjective or two. Rather, Carter demonstrates that the New Testament God is a complex God, one who is at work in the world in varied ways in human lives. This book will be a fine addition for upper-level undergraduate or introductory seminary courses on the New Testament.
Sharon Betsworth, Director of the Wimberly School of Religion and Associate Professor of Religion, Oklahoma City University, Oklahoma City, OK
Strange as it sounds, after long being taken for granted, Godthe God of creation, Israel, and Jesushas been enjoying a revival in New Testament scholarship. Welcome back! Warren Carter focuses (as the New Testament does) on Gods wide-ranging work in the world and in peoples lives. Though always careful to interpret biblical texts in their social, historical, and political contexts, he also dares to ask the hard questions about how to engage the multifaceted, sometimes volatile, God of the first century in our day. God welcomes the challenge, as should thoughtful readers of this book.
F. Scott Spencer, Professor of New Testament and Biblical Interpretation, Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond, Richmond, VA