All Roads Lead to the Text: Eight Methods of Inquiry into the Bible: A Template for Model Exegesis with Exegetical Examples Employing Logos Bible Software

All Roads Lead to the Text: Eight Methods of Inquiry into the Bible: A Template for Model Exegesis with Exegetical Examples Employing Logos Bible Software

All Roads Lead to the Text: Eight Methods of Inquiry into the Bible: A Template for Model Exegesis with Exegetical Examples Employing Logos Bible Software

All Roads Lead to the Text: Eight Methods of Inquiry into the Bible: A Template for Model Exegesis with Exegetical Examples Employing Logos Bible Software

Synopsis

In All Roads Lead to the Text Dean Deppe offers a user-friendly guide to biblical exegesis and interpretation. Far from a dry, theoretical handbook, this book's example-based approach enlivens the exegetical task and offers immediate payoff by constantly applying concepts to specific texts. Deppe focuses on eight methods that biblical scholars use, from analyzing literary, grammatical, and structural elements to investigating historical and cultural backgrounds to exploring the history of interpretation. Deppe explains each approach using several concrete examples from both Old and New Testament texts, and every chapter concludes with practical, text-based questions for study and discussion.

Excerpt

Just as the human eye cannot see “everything that’s out there,” so our exegetical eye has not always been trained to perceive indications of when a passage begins and ends, the particular genre of a section of Scripture, or literary devices that subtly offer the meaning of the text. Through a series of biblical examples in this chapter the reader will develop literary skills in discerning clues to the delimitation of a pericope, distinguishing the genre and its principles of interpretation, and identifying the literary techniques employed by the author such as inclusio and chiasm as well as understanding their significance for exegesis.

A. Pericope Delimitation

Procedure

Perceptive readers can establish the limits of a pericope under study by noting a number of “tells” in the text. Transition devices like statements of introduction or conclusion are certainly the most obvious as, for example, the use of disjunctive clauses in Hebrew. in narratives, a change in the setting, time frame, or characters regularly introduces a new section. Literarily, the substitution of alternative genres as well as the presence of repetitive grammatical features signal a new beginning. Finally, the reader should always attempt to perceive an alteration of theme.

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