Interpreting the New Testament Text: Introduction to the Art and Science of Exegesis

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Darrell L. Bock, Buist M. Fanning
Crossway Books, 2006 - Religion - 480 pages
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With the explosive increase in availability of English Bible translations, the question can easily be asked, “Why bother with the hard work of biblical exegesis?” Computers can translate foreign languages and our English texts can take us very close to the original meanings, so why exegete? Answer: because the deepest truths of the Bible are found through the deepest study.

This book teaches the principles, methods, and fundamentals of exegeting the New Testament. It also has examples of textual exegesis that clearly and helpfully show the value of exegeting a text well. Any serious student of Scripture would benefit from utilizing this book in the study of the Bible.

Interpreting the New Testament Text is a contemporary application of Paul’s charge to Timothy to study to present himself to God, approved as one who correctly handles the word of truth. Highly recommended!”
Andreas J. Köstenberger, Professor of New Testament and Director of Ph.D. Studies, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

“This ‘how-to’ guide provides significant step-by-step help for first-year seminarians. It should prove very helpful.”
Klyne Snodgrass, Paul W. Brandel Professor of New Testament Studies, North Park Theological Seminary

“Not only an excellent textbook but also a useful refresher for pastors and teachers engaged in the weekly study of the text for ministry.”
Clinton E. Arnold, Professor and Chairman, Department of New Testament, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University

“Covers the exegetical landscape admirably.”
B. Paul Wolfe, Associate Professor of New Testament, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

“A comprehensive, thorough, and excellent guide to exegetical method that I am happy to recommend with enthusiasm!”
Donald A. Hagner, George Eldon Ladd Professor of New Testament, Fuller Theological Seminary

“Fanning and Bock have compiled an all-star cast of lucid writers on exegetical method with like-minded writers illustrating good interpretations of texts and themes. It’s really two books for the price of one, with each made better by the other!”
Craig L. Blomberg, Distinguished Professor of New Testament, Denver Seminary

“This excellent collection of essays provides a solid foundation for all whose goal is to hear and obey God’s Word.”
Mark Strauss, Professor of New Testament, Bethel Seminary–San Diego

“A tool that takes you into the best New Testament classrooms for the simple price of one volume.”
David Wyrtzen, Adjunct Professor, Dallas Theological Seminary; Pastor, Midlothian Bible Church

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About the author (2006)

BUIST M. FANNING (DPhil, Oxford University) is department chair and professor of New Testament studies at Dallas Theological Seminary. He has taught New Testament for more than thirty years and is the author of The Warning Passages of Hebrews: Four Perspectives.

Daniel B. Wallace (PhD, Dallas Theological Seminary) is professor of New Testament studies at Dallas Theological Seminary and the founder of the Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts, an institute purposed to preserve Scripture by taking digital photographs of all known Greek New Testament manuscripts. Dr. Wallace influences students across the country through his textbook on Greek grammar, Greek Grammar Beyond the Basics, as it is used in more than two-thirds of the nation's schools for the study of Greek. His postdoctoral work includes work on Greek grammar at Tyndale House in Cambridge and textual criticism studies at the Institut fŁr Neutestamentliche Textforschung in MŁnster. When he is not involved in scholarly pursuits, Dr. Wallace and wife, Pati, enjoy spending time with their boys and beagles.

Tim Savage (PhD, University of Cambridge; ThM Dallas Theological Seminary) has been senior pastor of Camelback Bible Church in Paradise Valley, AZ, since 1988. He is author of Cambridge University Press's Power Through Weakness.

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