Vincent Taylor: his major contributions to New Testament studies
Rasmussen, Robert Donald
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The problem of this dissertation is to survey interpretively Taylor's writings concerning the New Testament in order to assess his major contributions to New Testament studies. The method of survey and appraisal precludes hazarding a premature conclusion as to what may eventually be his most enduring contribution. This study is a pioneering effort. Nothing of a similar nature covering Taylor's work is known to exist. It has been undertaken with the permission of Dr. Taylor. The method is that of library research. It involves three major stages. First, following a sketch of Taylor's professional career (Chapter II), Chapter III ("Taylor's Biblical Methodology") investigates three of his basic presuppositions -- the relationship of God and history, the nature of the Scriptures, and the goal of N.T. study -- and ten of his highly characteristic formative conclusions (i.e., "interpretation need not imply distortion"). Secondly, Chapter IV surveys Taylor's writings in order to establish the areas of his most evident contribution. Thirdly, in Chapter V five areas of emphasis--Synoptic criticism, form-criticism, Soteriology, life of Jesus research, and Christology--are examined over against a selectively determined background of contemporary N.T. scholarship. Chapter VI summarizes the conclusions of this study. The degree of contribution is assessed according to a finding of either a "possible" (lower probability resulting from more apparent vulnerabilities and less scholarly acceptance) or a "probable" contribution [TRUNCATED]
Thesis (Ph.D.)--Boston University
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