When I finished reading Larry Hurtado's "Fashions, Fallacies, and Future Prospects for New Testament Studies" (JSNT, published online 14 April 2014, 1-26) I thought it would be worth mentioning here for fellow students of the New Testament. Hurtado alerts us to the danger of past "fashions" and "fallacies" while pointing forward to future prospects. The "fashions" upon which he focuses are structural, post-structural, and deconstructive exegesis with a nod of the head toward similar approaches like Marxist exegesis. The "fallacies" he observes relate to the "Pre-Christian Gnostic Redeemer" and the "Son of Man" as Urmensch, both ideas about pre-Christian influences upon Christianity that were broadly accepted, but without good evidence for doing so. Hurtado warns against "parallelomania" and reminds us to consider that not all Christian ideas existed before Christianity, i.e., we must give space for "significant adaptions, 'mutations', and even novel innovations" by the early Christians themselves.
What about the future of NT studies? Hurtado cautions against two much energy being put into postulating "a multi-stage literary theory" and "a complex social and theological history" with much attention being given to the work of Kloppenborg (p. 16). Also, he cautions against putting too much stock into the idea of "communities" behind the Gospels, while acknowledging that this isn't something to abandon altogether. Positively, he sees promise in historical investigation will remain central to NT research. Similarly, he sees a future for reception history studies and the internationalization of NT studies. Obviously, this article can't address every fashion, fallacy, and future prospect of NT studies, but it is thought-provoking and worth reading for students like myself.