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A Beginner's Guide to New Testament Exegesis

Richard Erickson

A Beginner's Guide to New Testament Exegesis

Richard Erickson

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Let's face it. Just the wordexegesisputs some of us on edge. We are excited about learning to interpret the Bible, but the thought of exegetical method evokes a chill. Some textbooks on exegesis do nothing to overcome these apprehensions. The language is dense. The concepts are hard. And the expectations are way too high. However, the skills that we need to learn are ones that a minister of the gospel will use every week. Exegesis provides the process for listening, for hearing the biblical text as if you were an ordinary intelligent person listening to a letter from Paul or a Gospel of Mark in first-century Corinth or Ephesus or Antioch. This book by Richard Erickson will help you learn this skill. Thoroughly accessible to students, it clearly introduces the essential methods of interpreting the New Testament, giving students a solid grasp of basic skills while encouraging practice and holding out manageable goals and expectations. Numerous helps and illustrations clarify, summarize and illuminate the principles. And a wealth of exercises tied to each chapter are available on the web. This is a book distinguished not so much bywhatit covers as byhow:it removes the "fear factor" of exegesis. There are many guides to New Testament exegesis, but this one is the most accessible--and fun!

- Publisher

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About "A Beginner's Guide to New Testament Exegesis"

Let's face it. Just the wordexegesisputs some of us on edge. We are excited about learning to interpret the Bible, but the thought of exegetical method evokes a chill. Some textbooks on exegesis do nothing to overcome these apprehensions. The language is dense. The concepts are hard. And the expectations are way too high. However, the skills that we need to learn are ones that a minister of the gospel will use every week. Exegesis provides the process for listening, for hearing the biblical text as if you were an ordinary intelligent person listening to a letter from Paul or a Gospel of Mark in first-century Corinth or Ephesus or Antioch. This book by Richard Erickson will help you learn this skill. Thoroughly accessible to students, it clearly introduces the essential methods of interpreting the New Testament, giving students a solid grasp of basic skills while encouraging practice and holding out manageable goals and expectations. Numerous helps and illustrations clarify, summarize and illuminate the principles. And a wealth of exercises tied to each chapter are available on the web. This is a book distinguished not so much bywhatit covers as byhow:it removes the "fear factor" of exegesis. There are many guides to New Testament exegesis, but this one is the most accessible--and fun!
- Publisher

Meet the Author

Richard Erickson

Richard J. Erickson (Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary) is associate professor of New Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary at Fuller Seminary Northwest in Seattle, where he has taught exegesis to students for over twenty years. Erickson has also taught courses at Lutheran Brethren Seminaries in Kal, Cameroon, and Sendai, Japan, at Seminario Bblico de Colombia in Medelln, at Seminario Teolgico Presbiteriano San Pablo in Mrida, Yucat?n, and at Tyndale Theological Seminary in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Erickson has published several articles in professional journals and in Faith and Fellowship, the denominational magazine of the Church of the Lutheran Brethren, the church in which he is ordained. He has also presented research papers at professional meetings and is a frequent speaker at various churches and conferences. He is the author of the popular A Beginner's Guide to New Testament Exegesis: Taking the Fear out of Critical Method.

Table Of Contents

  • Preface: Read Me First!
  • 1 Framing Your Mind, Or How To Pronounce zmrslina
  • 1.1 Some Assumptions At The Outset
  • 1.2 An Exegetical Frame Of Mind
  • 1.3 A View From The Top
  • 1.4 A Look At What's To Come
  • 2 Texts And Tools: mowing The New Testament Lawn
  • 2.1 The New Testament Text: Originals, Copies, Translations And Editions
  • 2.2 Textual Criticism: Establishing The Text For Exegetical Purposes
  • 2.3 The Tools For The Job
  • 3 Texts And Their Structure: walls Of Stones
  • 3.1 Synthesis: Structure And The Whole
  • 3.2 Analysis: Structure And The Parts
  • 3.3 Top-down And Bottom-up: Inductive And Deductive Decisions
  • 3.4 Coming Up For Air
  • 4 Syntactical And Discourse Analysis: some Dis-assembly Required
  • 4.1 Defining Terms
  • 4.2 Analyzing Sentences
  • 4.3 Analyzing Discourse
  • 4.4 Summing Up
  • 5 History And Culture In Exegesis: you Can't Eat A Denarius
  • 5.1 Meaning As A Function Of Place In Context
  • 5.2 Two Types Of Historical-cultural Setting
  • 5.3 Biblical Texts As Culturally Determined
  • 5.4 Cultural "relevance" And Cultural Transference
  • 5.5 Probabilities, Ambiguities And Alternatives
  • 6 Letters: reading Someone Else's Mail
  • 6.1 Genres And Subgenres
  • 6.2 Historical Context: Who's On The Other End?
  • 6.3 Argument
  • 6.4 A Simplified Procedure For Epistle Exegesis
  • 7 Narratives I: telling The Old, Old Story
  • 7.1 The Gospels And The Acts Of The Apostles As Self-contained, Coherent Stories
  • 7.2 History Or Literature?
  • 7.3 Historical-, Form-, And Source-critical Approaches To The Gospels
  • 7.4 Redaction Criticism
  • 7.5 Using A Gospel Synopsis
  • 8 Narratives Ii: thickening The Plot
  • 8.1 Stories With Plot, Character And Setting
  • 8.2 Type-scenes And Parallel Accounts
  • 8.3 Old Testament Citations And Allusions
  • 8.4 Speeches And logia
  • 8.5 Summary Passages
  • 9 Apocalypse: alternative Education
  • 9.1 What Is It?
  • 9.2 Reading The Apocalypse Now: Avoiding The Extremes
  • 9.3 A Look At Some New Testament Apocalyptic Literature
  • 9.4 Conclusion
  • 10 Moving On: what Do We Do Now?
  • 10.1 Exegesis In Its Context
  • 10.2 Exegesis And The Broader Theological Context
  • 10.3 Exegesis, Preaching And Teaching
  • 10.4 Exegesis For Life
  • Glossary
  • Annotated Bibliography
  • Subject Index
  • Scripture Index
  • Figures
  • Sidebars

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  • Catalogue Code 222782
  • Product Code 0830827714
  • EAN 9780830827718
  • Pages 239
  • Department Academic
  • Category Scripture
  • Sub-Category Exegesis
  • Publisher Intervarsity Press Usa
  • Publication Date Oct 2005
  • Sales Rank #27880
  • Dimensions 228 x 152 x 17 mm
  • Weight 0.386kg

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