A definitive work from one of the 20th Century's masters Theology of the New Testament is a critical landmark in Biblical Theology.
It is difficult to overestimate the singular importance of Rudolf Bultmann. Bultmann's Theology of the New Testament changed the course of New Testament interpretation and has continued to influence the field until today.
As ambitious in scope as it is consistent in method, Bultmann's tome asks and provides answers to the big questions. Bultmann found a way to wed a sober-minded commitment to historical reconstruction to his deep desire for the New Testament to speak to contemporary humans. The result is a penetrating study of the New Testament and its meaning for a 'demythologized' audience in the modern world.
While it is beyond question that Bultmann must be critiqued, his work is among the most important achievements in NT study in the last century and is therefore required reading for all who wish to grapple with the message and meaning of the Gospel in a modern world.