New Testament Pattern: An Exegetical Enquiry into the ‘Catholic’ and ‘Protestant’ Dualism

By Jean-Louis Leuba

An examination of the nature of Christian unity based on the pattern revealed in the New Testament.

ISBN: 9780227172148


What is the nature of Christian unity? Is it Sacramental, Organic, Federal, Spiritual? These are questions that demand careful examination when the different Christian traditions are drawing closer to one another in a common desire to heal the divisions which hinder the witness of the Church to the world. In any attempt to deal with these questions full weight must be given to the evidence of the New Testament itself. What kind of unity does it reveal?

The author sees a two-fold pattern of unity in the New Testament. One strand – in its witness to Christ, to the Apostles and to the Church – emphasises the institutional, traditional and particular. The other strand emphasises the persona, dynamic and universal. Yet the two strands are actually one. Their unity is more comprehensive, more creative, than any undifferentiated unity could be. To establish this thesis and to suggest some of its implications is the purpose of Leuba’s stimulating book.

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Dimensions216 × 140 mm

Hardback, Paperback

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About the Author

Jean-Louis Leuba became Professor of Theology at the University of Neuchatel. He was Pastor of the French Reformed Church in Basle and Editor of the theological and ecclesiastical review Verbum Caro.



Part One: The Christ

I. Christological Dualism
1. The Two Categories of Titles of Jesus: Institutional and Spiritual
2. Theology of Christological Dualism

II. The Unity of the Christ
1. The Christ is the Lord
2. The Lord is the Christ

Part Two: The Apostles

I. Apostolic Dualism
1. The Institutional Apostolate of the Twelve and the Spiritual Apostolate of Paul
2. Theology of Apostolic Dualism

II. The Unity of the Apostles
1. The Union of the Twelve with Paul
2. The Union of Paul with the Twelve

Part Three: The Church

I. Ecclesiastical Dualism
1. The Institutional Church of Jewish Christianity and the Spiritual Church of Gentile Christianity
2. The Theological Basis of Ecclesiastical Dualism

II. The Unity of the Church
1. The Union of the Jewish Christian with the Gentile Christian Church
2. The Union of the Gentile Christian with the Jewish Christian Church

1. Institution and Event According to the New Testament
2. The Perpetual Validity of the Fundamental New Testament Dualism