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A Handbook of New Testament Exegesis

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This accessible handbook provides a one-stop guide to the New Testament exegetical method. Seasoned New Testament scholar Craig Blomberg and his former research assistant Jennifer Foutz Markley offer both a broad overview of the exegetical process and a step-by-step approach to studying the New Testament in depth, helping readers understand the text and discuss it responsibly. The book is full of examples—interesting or controversial New Testament texts in the interpretation of which the methods under discussion truly make a difference. Professors and students in New Testament, Greek, hermeneutics, and exegesis courses as well as those involved in ministry will value this work’s sound guidance, balanced approach, and manageable size.

Whether you’re a student, scholar, pastor, or professor, A Handbook of New Testament Exegesis provokes you to read the Bible honestly—to let it surprise, challenge, and correct you as you apply the many steps of interpretation. By using the tools included in A Handbook of New Testament Exegesis, you’ll approach Bible study with more depth and understanding. Integrate the practical methods found in this volume with your preferred Bible, the Passage Guide, and the other Bible study tools in Logos Bible Software—then dive into Bible study with a vast knowledge base right before your eyes.

Key Features

  • Provides a guide to biblical interpretation, exegesis, and hermeneutics
  • Emphasizes the importance of biblical interpretation for understanding the historical and contemporary relevance of Scripture

Praise for the Print Edition

Blomberg and Foutz Markley have written a wonderfully clear and accessible handbook for New Testament exegesis. The book covers the various steps of the exegetical process and gives sane and sage advice throughout. What makes the book especially illuminating and interesting are the many examples from the New Testament that illustrate the principles discussed. Professors and students will be grateful for a work that is exegetically rigorous, theologically informed, and practically useful.

Thomas R. Schreiner, James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

In this immensely practical guide to New Testament exegesis, seasoned New Testament scholar Craig Blomberg teams up with Jennifer Foutz Markley to produce another winner. The text walks the student through all key aspects of New Testament interpretation, striking just the right balance between scholarly acumen and simplicity of presentation.

Mark L. Strauss, professor of New Testament, Bethel Seminary San Diego

The process of Greek exegesis, starting at textual criticism and moving all the way to contextualization, can prove a daunting task for students and ministry leaders alike. Blomberg and Foutz Markley’s handbook promises to be a helpful guide along the way. Clearly written, it emphasizes the specific skills necessary for exegesis and explores practical issues of New Testament interpretation. The consistent use of biblical texts to illustrate a particular skill or guideline is an especially compelling feature of the book. Helpful and practical.

Jeannine Brown, professor of New Testament, Bethel Seminary

Among the many discussions of the interpretation of Scripture that have appeared lately, this is one of the best and most helpful. Concise and readable, it nevertheless interacts at a high level with the field of hermeneutics. This is a treasure trove of principles for the complex task of understanding Scripture. It covers the major aspects of Bible study and does so with a good explanation of the various nuances of interpretation, providing practical examples from the New Testament. It is a must-read for the serious student of the Word.

Grant Osborne, professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

This is a thoughtful and practical aid for students who are entering seriously into a study of the New Testament. It is not simply a ‘how to’ book but an exposition of the various steps to be taken and the resources available in a thorough exegesis and interpretation of a biblical passage. . . . If not used as a textbook or reference text for students, this volume will certainly be a helpful guide for teachers putting together an introductory course on the New Testament.

The Bible Today

This is a helpful and clearly written treatment, which is of benefit to students starting theological studies or for a wider readership that wishes to reflect sensibly on what it means to read and understand the Bible in their contemporary contexts. There are many chapters that could be placed on the reading lists for introductory courses to biblical studies. This is a helpful and balanced discussion of the topic.

Expository Times

New Testament teachers and students, along with pastors seeking a refresher, stand to gain from this recent overview of biblical exegesis. . . . Blomberg and Foutz Markley sketch a historical-grammatical approach that squares well with exegesis classes taught in evangelical seminaries. Their contribution to the field of exegetical handbooks and introductions is a readable and comprehensive primer housed in a step-by-step methodological framework. . . . Clear writing and a steady stream of examples, along with a wide breadth of issues addressed in each exegetical step, make this book a promising resource for students, teachers, and pastors. It demonstrates well the necessity of rigorous, self-aware, and thoughtful exegesis for followers of Scripture.


The aim of writing a book on exegesis for specialists and nonspecialists alike is a commendable and important one, and this handbook accomplishes its stated purpose successfully. . . . Blomberg and Foutz Markley have produced a volume with many strengths. . . . They clearly define terms and clearly explain how to proceed through each phase of the process. They offer plenty of examples and do not shy away from treating difficult, controversial passages. . . . Helpful comments can be found throughout the book. They are also savvy to the history of exegetical issues, and they consistently keep the first-century context in view. . . . Handbook of New Testament Exegesis stands as a scholarly yet practical guide filled with clear explanations, insightful illustrations, and wise guidance. We can be grateful for a work that will serve upper-level college and seminary students extremely well for years to come.

Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society

Helpful. . . . [The authors] cover all the aspects of the exegetical process with clarity.


Seminary instructors and others who teach New Testament exegesis will want to take a close look at this new handbook. . . . The wording and organization of the volume are lucid and engaging. . . . The authors give students plenty of guidance for further study in the footnotes, which introduce them in an evenhanded way to the broader world of New Testament studies. . . . The particular strength of this addition to the many guides to New Testament exegesis on the market is its clear and user-friendly narrative explanation of each step. Even without classroom visuals and additional instructor comments, I could imagine a student learning the nuts and bolts of the process simply by reading. . . . This new Handbook deserves serious consideration as a textbook for seminary courses and even for the interested individual who cannot attend a class.

Bulletin for Biblical Research

[The authors] offer us a clear insightful procedure for practicing the interpretation of Scripture. . . . This Handbook of New Testament Exegesis provides an excellent didactic tool to teach students how to read the Bible. I especially appreciated the footnotes that demonstrate knowledge of the most up-to-date literature available.

Calvin Theological Journal

Product Details

  • Title: A Handbook of New Testament Exegesis
  • Authors: Craig L. Blomberg and Jennifer Foutz Markley
  • Publisher: Baker Academic
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Pages: 304

About the Authors

Craig L. Blomberg is a distinguished professor of New Testament at Denver Seminary. He is the author or editor of 13 books, including Introduction to Biblical Interpretation, Jesus and the Gospels, and Making Sense of the New Testament.

Jennifer Foutz Markley serves as an admissions counselor at Denver Seminary.

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“Understanding the historical context of a passage removes the haze of obscure cultural traditions that often shrouds the text for modern interpreters of Scripture.” (Page 63)

“As already noted, serious Bible students who have not learned to use the original languages should consult a formally equivalent translation when they want the most ‘literal’ translation, that is, when they want to see what most closely corresponds word for word to the Greek New Testament. Formally equivalent translations are usually the most helpful to consult, particularly when key doctrinal issues, controversial texts, or important theological words are involved.” (Page 58)

“There is no translator or translation committee of any version of the Bible that has ever done formal word studies of more than a tiny fraction of the most important and controversial words in either testament.” (Page 141)

“Not all New Testament books utilize the same genres. There are four major literary categories into which these works fall—gospels, an ‘acts,’ epistles, and an ‘apocalypse.’” (Page 102)

“the foundation for the exegesis of any ancient document is textual criticism” (Page xiv)


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