Porter, Stanley E. Sacred Tradition in The New Testament: Tracing Old Testament Themes in the Gospels and Epistles. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2016. Pp. xx + 310. ISBN: 978-0-8010-3077-2. $40 [Hardcover].
Stanley Porter has entered into the discussion of New Testament (NT) use of the Old Testament (OT). According to Porter, his work is unique because he avoids focusing on individual verses and instead concentrates on sacred traditions that inform and shape the New Testament’s tradition (x, 247). Porter believes sacred traditions often develop into Christology in the NT (ix). Much of his work, therefore, explores the Christological themes in the NT, demonstrating their source in sacred tradition.
Sacred tradition refers to “wordings [sic] or larger patterns of thought recorded in writings venerated by various peoples and appropriated and reappropriated by later writers in their own interpretations and applications of these in new contexts and situations” (3). Generally speaking, Porter draws on sacred traditions from the OT, although Greco-Roman traditions also have their place in the NT. [Read more…] about Review of Sacred Tradition in The New Testament by Stanley Porter