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“eisegesis. Reading meaning into a text rather than reading a meaning from a text (exegesis).” (Page 40)
“A characteristic of biblical injunctions is the ‘motive clause,’ where a rationale is given as a means of instruction” (Page 10)
“midrash. A specific form of Jewish biblical exposition or the genre characterized by this form.” (Page 80)
“amphictyony. A model used to explain the social organization of the tribes of Israel prior to the monarchy” (Pages 10–11)
“proverb. A brief, popular saying summarizing a piece of wisdom about common human experiences” (Page 96)
Arthur G. Patzia (PhD, McMaster University) is a senior professor of New Testament at Fuller Seminary Northern California.
Anthony J. Petrotta (PhD, University of Sheffield) is an adjunct associate professor in Old Testament at Fuller Seminary Northern California.