Lexham Methods Series (4 vols.)
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Learn interpretation methods or refresh your knowledge. Understand the Bible better than ever before. Absorb the methods behind commentators’ works—and the history that led to the formation of their methods. This designed-for-digital resource combines the expertise of a highly educated research team with the interconnectivity of your Logos software and library. Each volume is your guidebook for self-study and deeper research, and the foundation for sharing with others through professionally designed slides.

The Lexham Methods Series enables pastors to learn, refresh, or master the tools of biblical scholarship—and feel confidently equipped to share the materials with others. This resource will deepen and reinforce seminary and Bible students’ understanding of materials presented in class and enable them to conduct more extensive research. Serious learners will gain the same breadth and depth of knowledge as intensive Bible college courses without the imposing schedule and expense of graduate school.

Lexham Methods Series:

  • Easily reference details about methods of biblical interpretation—Each book is a quick reference for an overview of a type of biblical interpretation, the major elements and terminology of that type of criticism, and examples of using the affiliated methods.
  • Teaches biblical interpretation methods—This educational resource leads you through a self-study, including a how-to section with numerous examples. Whether you need a refresher or have never learned biblical interpretation methods, this resource will guide you through what you need to know.
  • Share what you’ve learned—The professionally designed slides present key terms, allowing pastors, academics, and teachers to present the major ideas in a memorable way.
  • Introduces new research and resources—You may encounter new insights and content in these volumes.
  • Curates your library—The links to your Logos library allow you to take your learning to a deeper level. You will agree with some aspects of the content, disagree with others, but you will encounter all of it in biblical studies. This resource guides you through the major elements of biblical studies.
  • Broadens and deepens your biblical education—Each volume clearly and accessibly presents the key figures and moments in the historical development of the type of biblical interpretation, the steps involved in executing the methods affiliated, and concrete examples of how to perform the methods.

Praise for the First Volume

First, I am a huge fan of how this volume is organized. It is easy to read through in a few sittings or to use as a reference guide. The table of contents is easily navigated and labeled so that it is simple to find the subject matter you might be looking for.
This volume is perhaps one of the most thorough yet accessible introductions to textual criticism available. For the most part it finds a good balance between scholarly treatment of the issues and accessibility to the average reader. The sections on both Old and New Testament textual criticism have sub-sections on how to do textual criticism. These sections themselves are reason enough to get the volume.

—Matt McMains, PhD student, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Organizationally, it’s fantastic. It addresses all the key issues without dumbing them down and yet balances scholarship and accessibility quite well.
In short, readers of this book will learn why textual criticism matters and will be introduced to the method well enough to understand how it works and why it matters—as well as having a good foundation for further research.

Jim West, ThD, professor of biblical studies, Quartz Hill School of Theology

Individual Titles

Content per Volume

  • Series Introduction
  • Volume Overview
  • Chapters (one per method) featuring history and key figures, methods and terms, and a how-to section
  • Conclusion presenting the implications of the interpretive method for ministry
  • Curated links to Logos library resources that illustrate the method or provide further discussion of the method itself
  • Professionally designed slides to display key terms and definitions for sharing and teaching—easily exports to PowerPoint

Volume 1: Textual Criticism of the Bible

  • Author: Wendy Widder
  • Editor: Douglas Mangum
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 185


  • Introducing Textual Criticism
  • Overview of Textual Criticism
  • Introduction to Old Testament Textual Criticism
  • Introduction to New Testament Textual Criticism
  • Textual Criticism and the Bible Today

Volume 2: Linguistics & Biblical Exegesis

  • Editors: Douglas Mangum and Josh Westbury
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Pages: 203


  • Introducing Language and Linguistics by Wendy Widder
  • Elements of Linguistics by Wendy Widder, Jeremy Thompson, and Daniel Wilson
  • Major Approaches to Language by Wendy Widder and Jeremy Thompson
  • Linguistic Problems in Biblical Hebrew by Wendy Widder
  • Linguistic Problems in Biblical Greek by Michael Aubrey
  • The Value of Linguistically Informed Exegesis by Michael Aubrey

Volume 3: Social & Historical Approaches to the Bible

  • Editors: Douglas Mangum and Amy Balogh
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Pages: 243


  • Introducing Biblical Criticism by Douglas Mangum
  • The Historical-Grammatical Approach by Judith Odor
  • Source Criticism by Amy Balogh and Wendy Widder
  • Form Criticism by Gretchen Ellis
  • Tradition History of the Old Testament by Gretchen Ellis
  • Redaction Criticism by Jeffery M. Leonard
  • Social-Scientific Criticism by Coleman Baker

Volume 4: Literary Approaches to the Bible

  • Editors: Douglas Mangum and Douglas Estes
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Pages: 309


  • The Literary Approach to the Bible by Douglas Estes
  • Canonical Criticism by David Schreiner
  • Rhetorical and Narrative Criticism of the Old Testament by Suzanna Smith
  • Inner-Biblical Interpretation and Intertextuality by Jeffery M. Leonard
  • Narrative Criticism of the New Testament by TBA
  • Rhetorical Criticism of the New Testament by Douglas Estes
  • Structural Criticism by Gretchen Ellis
  • Poststructuralist Criticism by John DelHousaye

Product Details

  • Title: Lexham Methods Series
  • Editor: Douglas Mangum
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Volumes: 4
  • Pages: 940

About the Editors

Douglas Mangum is a PhD candidate in Near Eastern studies at the University of the Free State; he holds an MA in Hebrew and Semitic Studies from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He is a Lexham English Bible editor, a Faithlife Study Bible contributing editor, a regular Bible Study Magazine contributor, and a frequently consulted specialist for the Lexham Bible Dictionary.

Josh Westbury holds a PhD in Biblical Languages from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa. He also holds an MA in Biblical Languages from the University of Stellenbosch, a Master of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with a focus on exegesis and Biblical Languages, and a BA in Theology and Biblical Languages from Houston Baptist University. Josh currently serves as a Scholar-in-Residence at Faithlife.

Douglas Estes holds a PhD in Theology from the University of Nottingham. He is Assistant Professor of New Testament and Practical Theology and the Director of the DMin Program at South University—Columbia. Previously he served in pastoral ministry for sixteen years. He is a regular contributor to Bible Study Magazine.

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