Handbook to Exegesis of the New Testament

Handbook to Exegesis of the New Testament

Handbook to Exegesis of the New Testament

Handbook to Exegesis of the New Testament

Synopsis

A Handbook to the Exegesis of the New Testament is a substantial theoretical and practical guide to the multifaceted discipline of New Testament exegesis. This volume covers current topics in New Testament exegesis in sufficient depth to provide a useful methodological basis. The introduction includes an analysis of the various definitions of exegesis, a term notoriously difficult to define, and a bibliographic essay covering the basic tools of exegesis. A section on method includes detailed discussions of the different models used in the major approaches to exegesis: textual criticism; linguistic analysis; genre criticism; source, form, and redaction criticism; discourse analysis; rhetorical and narratological criticism; literary criticism; and canonical criticism. Also included are models based on analysis of the backgrounds of the New Testament in Hellenistic philosophy, ancient Judaism, the Roman Empire, and the works of second-century authors. In a section on application, exegetical methods are applied to the various literary units of the New Testament. This handbook will serve well as both a textbook and a reference book for the major tools and topics in the area of New Testament exegesis. This publication has also been published in hardback, please click here for details."

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This Handbook to Exegesis of the New Testament is designed to provide a substantial theoretical and practical guide to the multifaceted discipline of exegesis of the New Testament. Most books on exegetical method are either too short and brief, failing to cover the requisite current topics in sufficient depth, or too technically difficult, failing to provide a useful methodology. I am not sure that this volume has remedied all of the problems of previous volumes, but at least a noble attempt has been made by the contributors. This volume hopes to offer succinct and well-informed essays, each with useful bibliography, written by experts in their respective fields, on many of the most important topics in contemporary exegesis. It is hoped that the volume will serve just as the title states, as a handbook, providing reference to the major tools and topics in the area of New Testament exegesis.

The individual essays have been written so as to provide coverage of the following areas for each topic (although not necessarily in this order): an introduction to the area and its importance for New Testament exegesis, discussion of the major issues of importance with regard to the topic and how they are relevant for exegesis, examples of uses and abuses of the topic in exegesis, and primarily Englishlanguage bibliographical references for future reference (often, though not always, in separate bibliographies). Practical examples illustrating the exegetical implications of the topic are also included. Individual contributors have been encouraged to use their essay as a chance to inform both scholars and students, as well as other interested parties, about what they consider to be the best information and approach to the particular topic. Readers will notice, however, that there has been no attempt to impose the same exegetical framework on all contributors, with the result that the multifarious topic of New Testament exegesis has elicited many different models of it demonstrated in this volume. Rather than seeing this as a limitation, I think of this as one of the volume's strengths. If anything, this volume, reflecting recent discussion of the topic of exegesis, well illustrates that it is unwise—if not impossible—to define the term exegesis, apart from seeing it exemplified in the analysis of texts. If the essays included here help in that task, I think that all of us will . . .

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