v. 1. The New Testament and the people of God. Part I. Introduction. Christian origins and the New Testament -- Part II. Tools for the task. Knowledge : problems and varieties -- Literature, story and the articulation of worldviews -- History and the first century -- Theology, authority and the New Testament -- Part III. First-century Judaism within the Greco-Roman world. The setting and the story -- The developing diversity -- Story, symbol, praxis : elements of Israel's worldview -- The beliefs of Israel -- The hope of Israel -- Part IV. The first Christian century. The quest for the kerygmatic church -- Praxis, symbol and questions : inside early Christian worldviews -- Stories in early Christianity (1) -- Stories in early Christianity (2) -- The early Christians : a preliminary sketch -- Part V. Conclusion. The New Testament and the question of God -- Appendix. Chronological chart of Second-Temple Jewish history and of early Christianity.
v. 2. Jesus and the victory of God. Part I. Introduction. Jesus then and now -- Heavy traffic on Wredebahn : the 'new quest' renewed? -- Back to the future : the 'third quest' -- Prodigals and paradigms -- Part II. Profile of a prophet. The praxis of a prophet -- Stories of the kingdom (1) : announcement -- Stories of the kingdom (2) : invitation, welcome, challenge and summons -- Stories of the kingdom (3) : judgment and vindication -- Symbol and controversy -- The questions of the kingdom -- Part III. The aims and beliefs of Jesus. Jesus and Israel : the meaning of Messiahship -- The reasons fo Jesus's crucifixion -- The return of the king -- Part IV. Conclusion. Results -- Appendix: Kingdom of God in early Christian literature.
v. 3. The resurrection of the Son of God. Part I. Setting the scene. The target and the arrows -- Shadows, souls and where they go : life beyond death in ancient paganism -- Time to wake up (1) : death and beyond in the Old Testament -- Time to wake up (2) : hope beyond death in post-biblical Judaism -- Part II. Resurrection in Paul. Resurrection in Paul (outside the Corinthian correspondence) -- Resurrection in Corinth (1) : introduction -- Resurrection in Corinth (2) : the key passages -- When Paul saw Jesus -- Part III. Resurrection in early Christianity (apart from Paul). Hope refocused (2) : Gospel traditions outside the Easter narratives Hope refocused (2) : other New Testament writings -- Hope refocused (3) : non-canonical early Christian texts -- Hope in person : Jesus as Messiah and Lord -- General issues in the Easter stories -- Part IV. The story of Easter. Fear and trembling : Mark -- Earthquakes and angels : Matthew -- Burning hearts and broken bread : Luke -- New day, new tasks : John -- Part V. Belief, event and meaning. Easter and history -- The risen Jesus as the Son of God.
v. 4. Paul and the faithfulness of God. Part I. Paul and his world. Return of the runaway? -- Like birds overhead : the faithfulness of the God of Israel -- Athene and her owl : the wisdom of the Greeks -- A cock for Asclepius : 'religion' and 'culture' in Paul's world -- The eagle has landed : Rome and the challenge of empire -- Part II. The mindset of the apostle. A bird in the hand? : the symbolic praxis of Paul's world -- The plot, the plan and the storied worldview -- Five signposts to the apostolic mindset -- Part III. Paul's theology. The one God of Israel, freshly revealed -- The people of God, freshly reworked -- God's future for the world, freshly imagined -- Part IV. Paul in history. The lion and the eagle : Paul in Caesar's empire -- A different sacrifice : Paul and 'religion' -- The foolishness of God : Paul among the philosophers -- To know the place for the first time : Paul and his Jewish context -- Sign of the new creation : Paul's aims and achievements.