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Guides to New Testament Exegesis Collection (7 vols.)
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The Guides to New Testament Exegesis Collection (7 vols.) provides the methods and principles you need to study the genres of the New Testament. These exegetical guides introduce readers to both the specific nature of a particular genre and to basic principles for exegeting that literary type.

Four literary types comprise the New Testament: the Gospels, the Acts of the Apostles, the Letters, and the Apocalypse. Each genre is distinct, and each requires different methodological sensitivities. Consequently, applying the same method to different genres will often lead to serious misunderstandings. The Guides to New Testament Exegesis Collection (7 vols.) will show you how to discerningly examine the New Testament without fear of misinterpretation.

Moreover, each in-depth volume contains a myriad of views from scholars on particular issues specific to literary types found in the New Testament. The diversity of thought presented allows for a broader perspective on each topic discussed. Each volume concludes with a bibliography of twenty essential works for further study.

Included in the collection is Scot McKnight’s invaluable Introducing New Testament Interpretation. Featuring a basic foundation for exegesis which can be adapted to various genres, it takes care of the inevitable overlap of procedures one encounters while undertaking any New Testament book study. The individual exegetical guides then introduce the student to more specific background procedures for that particular genre.

The vision for this collection comes from Gordon Fee’s New Testament Exegesis: A Handbook for Students and Pastors. By developing handbooks for each genre and book collection, this collection operates as an extended treatment of Fee’s narrower scope.

Written for the novice exegete with minimal background in Greek, the Guide to New Testament Exegesis Collection (7 vols.) offers all those wishing for a deeper understanding of God’s Word a sturdy foothold in New Testament exegesis.

Want more tools to help you study the New Testament? Check out the upgrade to the collection, Interpreting the Gospel of John: A Practical Guide, 2nd Edition!

Individual Titles

Introducing New Testament Interpretation

  • Editor: Scot McKnight
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 1989
  • Pages: 200

Introducing New Testament Interpretation familiarizes readers with the various hermeneutical methods used in understanding the New Testament. Whether one studies the Gospels, the Epistles, or even the Book of Revelation, several common exegetical steps are necessary. These include word studies, grammatical analysis, New Testament background, theological synthesis, use of the Old Testament in the New, textual criticism, and the social setting of the New Testament. This initial volume is an essential guide for any exegetical analysis of the New Testament.

Interpreting the Synoptic Gospels

  • Author: Scot McKnight
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 1988
  • Pages: 144

Reflecting the standard methods of the scholarly guild, Interpreting the Synoptic Gospels helps students formulate principles and techniques for studying the synoptic Gospels. The author critiques various interpretive methods and suggests how students with some knowledge of Greek can benefit from different analyses.

A valuable tool for the exegesis of the Gospels. The book is a treasure of information intended expressly for the exegete. There is a full, yet critical, introduction to the various methodologies, with an eye toward their usefulness in understanding the biblical text, along with excellent bibliographies. Books such as this should make us more responsible stewards of the Word of God.

—Gordon D. Fee, Regent College

A welcome resource for students seeking to acquaint themselves with synoptic studies.

—Robert H. Stein, Bethel Theological Seminary

It is meaty, yet concise; solidly evangelical, yet fully abreast of modern scholarship and impressive in the scope of material surveyed.

—Craig L. Blomberg, Denver Seminary

Interpreting the Pauline Epistles

  • Author: Thomas R. Schreiner
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 1990
  • Pages: 268

Since 13 of the 27 books of the New Testament are attributed to Paul, a separate book on how to do a Pauline exegesis was warranted. In Interpreting the Pauline Epistles, the author tackles such thorny hermeneutical questions as how to move from exegesis to construction of a Pauline theology, and how to translate Paul’s words in the 20th-century. The nature of first-century letters, background sources, and a word-study method all help show students with some knowledge of Greek how to trace Paul's reasoning through difficult texts.

A practical, down-to-earth, and no-nonsense guide to the exegesis and interpretation of the Pauline letters that will be of immense help to pastors, teachers, and students. This is a book filled with wisdom, balanced in its perspective and mature in its judgments. But most important, it is a book written out of love for, and commitment to, the Pauline gospel. I recommend it enthusiastically.

—Donald A. Hagner, Fuller Theological Seminary

Continues the high standard of quality established by its predecessors in the Guides to New Testament Exegesis series. It combines general hermeneutical considerations with those unique to didactic literature and introduces crucial issues regarding the meaning and significance of Paul’s writings in particular. Most helpful are the author’s numerous illustrations, up-to-date and well-chosen annotated bibliographies, and even-handed consideration of interpretive options.

—Craig L. Blomberg, Denver Seminary

Interpreting the Gospel of John

  • Author: Gary M. Burge
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 1992
  • Pages: 192

The Gospel of John has become so familiar and seems so simple that it is easy to overlook its special challenges, says the author of this helpful guide.

Interpreting the Gospel of John presents an easy-to-follow, step-by-step plan for exegeting the Fourth Gospel. It leads beginners through the maze of academic discussion concerning origins, authorship, and interpretation. Textual, cultural, and literary considerations are explained, and leading commentaries on the Gospel of John are rated according to scholarship and reliability. The final section of the volume focuses on preaching and teaching from John.

This work is well written and is highly recommended for students and pastors interested in pursuing studies in the Gospel of John. Even for advanced students it provides a helpful summary and introduction to current scholarly approaches to the Fourth Gospel.

—W. Hall Harris III, Bibliotheca Sacra

It is well written, easy to read, sound and practical. It should be of considerable help to those who are just starting out on a study of John's gospel and who want to know how to make its message live for today.

—Peter Ensor, Evangelical Quarterly

The volumes that have appeared thus far [in the Guides to New Testament Exegesis series] are all written by capable . . . scholars who are well aware of recent scholarship in their respective fields. At the same time, these authors show considerable skill in selecting the best resources available and in presenting their material in a clear, logical, and appealing fashion. Every Bible student who is serious about a systematic exploration of the various books of the NT will find these Guides an invaluable help in their own study of Scripture. A case in point is Burge's Interpreting the Gospel of John.

—Andreas Köstenberger, Trinity Journal

Interpreting the Book of Acts

  • Author: Walter L. Liefeld
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 1995
  • Pages: 144

The diversity of material in the Book of Acts demands a variety of exegetical tools and strategies. Since speeches constitute over 30% of the text, the interpreter must be adept at handling discourse and well as narrative.

Interpreting the Book of Acts present the fruit of the author’s thirty-year reflection on the Lukan corpus. With a sure hand he guides the reader through numerous approaches to the text. Literary purpose and structure, narrative theology, discourse analysis, cultural backgrounds – all are exploited for insight. Yet throughout, the author keeps in view the practical needs of the student and pastor, breathing a spiritual warmth into the applications he makes.

Interpreting the Epistle to the Hebrews

  • Editor: Andrew H. Trotter, Jr.
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 1997
  • Pages: 222

Presenting a wealth of introductory material, Interpreting the Epistle to the Hebrews serves as an essential prolegomenon for further study of this epistle and enables readers to make informed judgments when using commentaries.

Identifying Hebrews as a sermon with an epistolary twist, Trotter strikes a fine balance between his own cogently argued views and a judicious distillation of the best of current scholarship on the text… [His] success in helping his readers develop observational skills and an ability to think logically about the text makes this work an ideal textbook for classroom use in courses on Hebrews or New Testament exegesis.

—William L. Lane, Seattle Pacific University

Seldom does one encounter a reader-friendly book like this one, written with verve but also relecting scholarship of the highest caliber. Trotter has produced a superb aid to the understanding of Hebrews, covering everything necessary from discussion of its historical context to such things as structure, rhetoric, and theology… I am happy to recommend Trotter’s fine work enthusiastically.

—Donald A Hagner, Fuller Theological Seminary

Interpreting the Book of Revelation

  • Editor: J. Ramsey Michaels
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 1992
  • Pages: 150

What the Book of Revelation requires is not that we know in advance what is coming, but that we know how to meet it when it comes. This volume helps students do just that.

Interpreting the Book of Revelation provides a concise introduction to the careful interpretive study of Revelation. Its meticulous, scholarly approach to studying linguistic structure, vocabulary, and variant readings provides a sound exegetical model.

Throughout, the author stands behind the unity of this challenging New Testament book as prophecy influenced by current events--predictive, yet calling readers to faith now.

If one wants to make a study of the Book of Revelation, this should be one of the first [books] to be read.

—Harold Hoehner, Bibliotheca Sacra

Product Details

  • Title: Guides to New Testament Exegesis Collection (7 vols.)
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Volumes: 7
  • Pages: 1,320

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