I recently read George Eldon Ladd’s A Theology of the New Testament. This book has been on my shelf for quite a while but I was looking forward to reading it. I was not disappointed.
There were many things I liked about it the biggest thing was that it is a model of evangelical biblical scholarship. Ladd was a strong evangelical and he interacted with broader scholarship rather than rejecting it. Although there is more recent research available, Ladd can be an inspiration for current and future evangelical scholars.
Ladd is most known for the work that he did on the kingdom of God. Many scholars saw the kingdom as either a present or a future reality. Ladd argued for a kingdom that was both. The kingdom began with the appearance of Jesus but will come in its fullness at his second coming. This interpretation is now widely held by scholars.
Ladd offers one of the most balanced biblical theologies out there. He avoids extremes and is able to find a middle ground that is faithful to historical Christianity.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading A Theology of the New Testament. It is dated and there are more contemporary theologies, but I expect to return to this book again and again.