What Are the Hermeneutical and Theological Presuppositions of the New Testament Authors?

In G. K. Beale’s Handbook on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament, he explains 5 presuppositions that the NT writers hold (pp. 96-97).

  1. There is the apparent assumption of corporate solidarity or representation.
  2. In the light of corporate solidarity or representation, Christ as the Messiah is viewed as representing the true Israel of the OT and the true Israel–the church–in the NT.
  3. History is unified by a wise and sovereign plan so that the earlier parts are designed to correspond and point to the later parts.
  4. The age of eschatological fulfillment has come in Christ.
  5. The later parts of biblical history function as the broader context for interpreting earlier parts because they all have the same, ultimate divine author who inspires the various human authors.
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