Interpreting the New Testament Text: Introduction to the Art and Science of Exegesis


Edited by Darrell L. Bock, Buist M. Fanning

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Interpreting the New Testament Text: Introduction to the Art and Science of Exegesis


Edited by Darrell L. Bock, Buist M. Fanning

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With the widespread availability of English Bible translations, the question can easily be asked, Why bother with the hard work of biblical exegesis? Computers can translate foreign languages and many English translations take us very close to the original words and meaning of the Bible. But the answer is clear: the deepest truths of the Bible are found through the deepest study. This book teaches the principles, methods, and fundamentals of exegeting the New Testament, and offers examples of textual exegesis that clearly and helpfully show the value of exegeting a text well. Serious students of Scripture will benefit from using this book in their study of the Bible.


Darrell L. Bock

Darrell L. Bock (PhD, University of Aberdeen) is executive director for cultural engagement at the Hendricks Center, senior research professor of New Testament studies at Dallas Theological Seminary, and senior Bible teacher for Back to the Bible radio. He is the author of over forty books. Darrell lives in Dallas, Texas, with his wife, Sally. They have three children and four grandchildren.

Buist M. Fanning

Buist M. Fanning (DPhil, University of Oxford) is the department chair and senior professor of New Testament studies at Dallas Theological Seminary, where he has taught for more than forty years. He is the author or contributor to many books, including Biblical Theology of the New Testament and the New Dictionary of Biblical Theology. He and his wife, Jan, have four children and twelve grandchildren.

Product Details

Category: Academic
Bible Studies & Devotionals
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 480
Size: 6.0 in x 9.0 in
Weight: 23.3 ounces
ISBN-10: 1-4335-7079-3
ISBN-13: 978-1-4335-7079-7
ISBN-UPC: 9781433570797
Case Quantity: 28
Published: April 14, 2020

Table of Contents


Part One: Exegetical Methods and Procedures

  1. Opening Questions: Definition and Philosophy of Exegesis
  2. Laying a Foundation: New Testament Textual Criticism
  3. Grammatical Analysis: Making Connections
  4. Sentence Diagramming, Clausal Layouts, and Exegetical Outlining: Tracing the Argument
  5. Lexical Analysis: Studies in Words
  6. Validation: Exegetical Problem Solving
  7. Background Studies: Grounding the Text in Reality
  8. Narrative Genre: Studying the Story
  9. Epistolary Genre: Reading Ancient Letters
  10. Apocalyptic Genre: Visions and Symbols
  11. Scripture Citing Scripture: Use of the Old Testament in the New
  12. Theological Analysis: Building Biblical Theology
  13. Showing the Relevance: Application, Ethics, and Preaching

Part Two: Exegetical Examples and Reflections

  1. Mark 1:1-13: Introducing the Gospel of Mark
    I. Howard Marshall
  2. Mark 1:1-15: The Paradox of Authority and Servanthood
    Narry F. Santos
  3. Mark 7:27: Jesus’ Puzzling Statement
    Joel F. Williams
  4. Acts 8:26-40: Why the Ethiopian Eunuch Was Not from Ethiopia
    Edwin M. Yamauchi
  5. Romans 15:9b-12: Gentiles as the Culminative Focus of Salvation History
    Don N. Howell, Jr.
  6. Galatians 3:10-13: Crucifixion Curse and Resurrection Freedom
    David Catchpole
  7. Ephesians 2:19-22: The Temple Motif
    Scott S. Cunningham
  8. Ephesians 5:26: The Baptismal Metaphor and Jewish Ritual Baths
    Helge Stadelmann
  9. Philippians 2:6-7: The Image of God and the Cross of Christ
    Timothy B. Savage
  10. Colossians 1:12-20: Christus Creator, Christus Salvator
    E. Earle Ellis
  11. James 1:19-27: Anger in the Congregation Donald J. Verseput
  12. 1 Peter 2:2a: Nourishment for Growth in Faith and Love
    W. Edward Glenny
  13. 3 John: Tracing the Flow of Thought Herbert W. Bateman IV

Scripture Index
General Index