In this article the author seeks to fulfil two aims: (1) to outline briefly the problems facing the discipline of New Testament studies (broadly construed), and (2) to compare and contrast the manner in which reception history and theological interpretation of Scripture might be seen to overcome these problems. The author concludes by arguing that, while reception history serves to entrench the problems facing the discipline, theological interpretation may serve as the key for a more secure future for New Testament studies.

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