Jens Schröter, From Jesus to the New Testament

Published 2013

Translated by Wayne Coppins

For the Front Matter, see here.

For the Baylor University Press page, see here.

For the German version, see here.

For Jens Schröter’s English-Language Publications, see here.

For Jens Schröter’s “German Scholars” post, see here.

For Jens Schröter’s University webpage, see here.

Pre-publication Reviews

“Schröter does what very few New Testament scholars—whether English- or German-speaking—manage: to ground his historical analysis explicitly in a nuanced and sophisticated theoretical discussion of what it means to do history. Schröter’s book serves as a superb introduction to and analysis of German New Testament scholarship.” — Adele Reinhartz, Full Professor, Department of Classics and Religious Studies, University of Ottawa.

“Jens Schröter’s collection of essays seeks to penetrate deeply below the surface of the New Testament and its history and historical figures, and to bring into a meaningful perspective the theology and history that gave rise to the faith of the earliest Christians. Many think a New Testament canon is a snapshot of what went on, but Schröter shows that the canon itself can only be understood in light of a long history of developments in different directions.” — Scot McKnight, Professor of New Testament, Northern Seminary


(If you have reviewed this book and would like your review to be listed here, please email Wayne Coppins the details of your review)

“While each major section of this book could easily become an extended volume in itself, bringing them all together is a special talent. In sum, this is an excellent book that should lead to a fair amount of rewriting of both historical Jesus and canon formation books!” — Lee Martin McDonald, Review of Biblical Literature

“An excellent example of thorough and technical biblical scholarship, this work offers great insight into various facets of the NT texts, both individually and as a unified whole” — Jesse Nickel, Two Cities Blog.

“Wenn amerikanische Verlage der zunehmenden Tendenz zur Einsprachigkeit in der internationalen Bibelwissenschaft zu begegnen versuchen, ist das zu begrüßen.” — K.-W. Niebuhr, Theologische Literaturzeitung 139 (2014): 1312.

“This is an interesting collection of essays which raises some fundamental historical, theological and canonical issues. While not all will agree with Schröter’s answers, the process of asking such questions is important in itself. The answers offered will, no doubt, generate further profitable discussion.” — Paul Foster, Expository times 125 (2014), 516-517.

“Every chapter in this collection has rich insights for students of the NT and early Christianity. Its methodological sophistication makes it a must read.” — Pheme Perkins, Theological Studies 75:3 (2014), 2-4.

“As a whole Schröter has left us an interesting and worthwhile volume exploring the nature of early Christianity and the New Testament canon. While I have a number of disagreements throughout, it is a well-argued and well-researched study that all scholars of the New Testament should read.” — Michael J. Kruger, Themelios 39:2 (2014), 328-330.

“Making significant contributions to the areas of memory and historiography, historical Jesus research, canon formation, and NT theology, Schröter’s work will be a valuable resource in NT studies. Baylor University Press and the editors of this new series have provided a great service in making this excellent study more accessible to Anglophone scholarship.” — Darian Lockett, Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 57 [2014], 841-844.

“this is a book that is highly recommended as an excellent example of technical biblical scholarship that is both exciting and challenging. It deserves to be referenced as a crucial text in any further discussions that deal with the New Testament and the history of the canon.” — Arthur G. Patzia, Journal of Reformed Theology 9 (2015): 298–300.

“From Jesus to the New Testament is a stimulating monograph for multiple reasons, and should, I expect, elicit excitement for more volumes from the joint venture of Baylor and Mohr-Siebeck. The translation by Wayne Coppins is clear and readable, and he should be thanked for his work in making Schröter’s work accessible. Schröter is thoroughly conversant with the academic lore of NT studies (especially on the German side), and his ability to interact with both the intellectual gains as well as provide suggestions for moving past their errors and excesses is a model for students of the NT and provides opportunities to explore the impact of these figures on the history of NT interpretation.” — Joshua Jipp, Bulletin for Biblical Research 24.4 [2016]: 605-607.

“The series attempts to break through a wall standing between English and German research… Jens Schröter’s From Jesus to the New Testament (originally Von Jesus zum Neuen Testament) introduces readers to important historiographical concepts that are just making their way into English research. The editors are commended for this inaugural choice.” — Benjamin I. Simpson, Bibliotheca Sacra [2016]: 503-504.

Blog Responses 

(If you have written a blog response and would like it to be listed here, please email Wayne Coppins the link)

Chris Keith (Sept 11, 2013), The Eagle Has Landed: Jens Schröter’s From Jesus to the New Testament

Clifford Kvidahl (Sept 25, 2013): In the Mail: @Baylor_Press Edition

Jim West (Oct 1, 2013): The September Carnival: Provocations

Matthew Skinner (Oct 2, 2013), New Testament: Take and Read (The Christian Century)

Anthony Le Donne (Oct 10, 2013): Bultmann, Jens Schröter, and Facebook

Larry Hurtado (Oct 28, 2013): Introducing Jens Schröter (to English readers)

Scot McKnight (Nov 15, 2013): The New Perspective on Paul (one more time)?

Chris Keith (Dec 2, 2013): Jens Schröter Weighs In, Giving Further Reason to Buy and Read his From Jesus to the New Testament

Chris Keith (Dec 29, 2013): 2013 Jesus Book of the Year

Chris Keith (Feb 14, 2014): If you’re not on the Schröterbahn, get on

Cliff Kvidahl (March 14-15, 2014): Translating Scholarship for All: An Interview with Wayne Coppins

Mike S. (May 7, 2014): Interview (Markschies @ Marginalia).

Jesse Nickel (Aug 9, 2014): Review of From Jesus to the New Testament by Jens Schröter (The Two Cities Blog)

Joel Willitts (Jan 26, 2015: Jens Schröter’s From Jesus to the New Testament

See here for Wayne Coppins’ blog posts on From Jesus to the New Testament.

See here for Wayne Coppins’ blog posts on Jens Schröter and historiography.

See here for all of Wayne Coppins’ blog posts on Jens Schröter.

Reviews of the German Version

Review of Biblical Literature (Nils Neumann)

Biblische Notizen 38 (2008), p. 120 (Michael Ernst)

New Testament Abstracts 53 (2009), p. 158

Revue d’ histoire et de Philosophie Religieuses 88 (2008), pp. 362-63 (C. Grappe)

De Stern van het Boek 2010, Issue 3, p. 17 (PJT)

Jahrbuch f. Evangelikae Theol. 24 (2010), pp. 286-8 (Franz Graf-Stuhlhofe)

Verbum et Ecclesia 29 (2008), pp. 859-63 (Christoph Stenschke)

Jens Schröter’s Jesus Book

If you have enjoyed From Jesus to the New Testament, you may also wish to consult the English translation of Schröter’s Jesus book, namely:

Schröter, Jens. Jesus of Nazareth: Jew from Galilee, Savior of the World. Translated by Wayne Coppins and Brian Pounds. Waco, Tex.: Baylor University Press, 2014.

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