Over the past twenty-five years Gordon D. Fee has produced a steady stream of articles and academic papers addressing thorny text-critical issues, delicate exegetical concerns, and profound theological matters. Many of these scholarly pieces have made significant contributions to the field of New Testament studies, but they have been scattered in a wide range of publications. Now, twenty-one of Fee’s finest shorter works are conveniently available together in a single resource.
In many ways this collection reflects Fee’s own journey as a biblical scholar. The volume begins with Fee’s early work in textual criticism, turns to studies more strictly exegetical in nature, and concludes with studies more theological in intent. In the course of these studies Fee explores a wide range of concerns for readers and interpreters of the New Testament, including Paul as an early Trinitarian thinker, freedom and obedience according to Paul, New Testament Christology and pneumatology, and much more. These fine studies amply demonstrate Fee’s mastery of the exegetical task and illustrate the goal of exegesis in the service of the believing Christian community.
Certain to be consulted and read frequently, To What End Exegesis? will provide teachers, pastors, and serious students of the Bible with a robust banquet of New Testament scholarship.
To What End Exegesis? will provide teachers, pastors, and serious students of the Bible with a robust banquet of New Testament scholarship.
—Inside the Vineyard
Fee sets forth this collection of previously published essays and displays his skills as an expert text critic, attentive exegete, and engaging biblical theologian (of a Pauline stamp)…. Such a collection has value in itself as a useful supplementary resource for courses on the theology of the NT and the theology of Paul.
—Religious Studies Review
Clearly, not everyone will agree with all of Fee’s exegeses, but in conclusion I can only affirm that this volume offers a delectable exegetical feast. It will remind readers why Fee is rightly regarded as one of today’s finest New Testament text critics and interpreters of Paul.
—Mark D. Given
To What End Exegesis? would work well as reader for a intermediate to advanced Greek course with highly motivated students seeking to learn the textual, exegetical, and theological arts from a respected master.
—Craig D. Bowman
Gordon D. Fee is professor of New Testament studies at Regent College, Vancouver, British Columbia. In addition to his many highly respected commentaries and biblical studies, he is also the author of Paul, the Spirit, and the People of God; Gospel and Spirit; Listening to the Spirit in the Text; and How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth.
“I came to realize—and herewith propose for our mutual consideration: (1) that faithful biblical exegesis must, by the very nature of the documents themselves, always take into account the Spiritual purposes for which they were written, and (2) that this exegesis belongs within the framework of the believing community, with those who follow (whether exactly or not, at least intentionally) in the train of the original believing communities for whom and to whom these documents were written.” (Page 280)
“Hence the aim of exegesis: to produce in our lives and the lives of others true Spirituality, in which God’s people live in fellowship with the eternal and living God and thus in keeping with God’s own purposes in the world. Thus it is simply wrong-headed for us ever to think that we have done exegesis at all if we have not cared about the intended Spirituality of the text—whether it be theological, doxological, relational, or behavioral.” (Page 282)
“(1) Behavioral issues (= ethical concerns) predominate” (Page 197)
“I found myself trying to play baseball but was allowed to play only by the rules of soccer, without the use of hands and arms.” (Page 278)
“All of Paul’s letters, and Philippians in particular, were first of all oral—dictated to be read aloud in the community” (Page 284)
Gordon D. Fee (1934–2022) was a leading expert in pneumatology and textual criticism of the New Testament. He was an ordained minister of the Assemblies of God and served as professor emeritus of New Testament studies at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Fee earned degrees from Seattle Pacific University and University of Southern California. He was also awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Northwest University. Before teaching at Regent College, Fee taught at Wheaton College, Vanguard University of Southern California, and Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. Fee was a member of the Committee on Bible Translation that translated the New International Version and its revision, the Today’s New International Version.
In addition to Fee’s many highly respected commentaries in series like the Understanding the Bible Commentary Series: New Testament and The New International Commentary on the New Testament (NICNT), he is also the author of How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth, God’s Empowering Presence: The Holy Spirit in the Letters of Paul, Pauline Christology: An Exegetical-Theological Study, and To What End Exegesis?
David J Cadenhead