New Testament Interpretation: Essays on Principles and Methods

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These eighteen pieces have been commissioned to provide a succinct yet comprehensive guide to the best of recent evangelical thinking about how the New Testament is to be interpreted, so that it may speak most clearly to today's world. The need for such a handbook can be felt more keenly as on the one side a secularized world dismisses the biblical faith as outmoded, unworkable, and unsatisfying; and, on the other, numerous Christian communities, committed to taking that faith with ultimate seriousness, are ...
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Overview

These eighteen pieces have been commissioned to provide a succinct yet comprehensive guide to the best of recent evangelical thinking about how the New Testament is to be interpreted, so that it may speak most clearly to today's world. The need for such a handbook can be felt more keenly as on the one side a secularized world dismisses the biblical faith as outmoded, unworkable, and unsatisfying; and, on the other, numerous Christian communities, committed to taking that faith with ultimate seriousness, are driven by controversies about how to read and understand the Bible.

Following the editor's introduction, in which I. Howard Marshall examines a familiar New Testament passage in order to exemplify the problems and rewards that await the careful interpreter, the essays are arranged under four headings, beginning with overviews of the history of New Testament study and the role of the interpreters presuppositions in this enterprise; then going on to discuss the various critical tools, the methods of exegesis, and the application of the New Testament to the faith and life of the contemporary reader. An annotated bibliography concludes the presentation.

Because the issues involved here have too often been ignored in many quarters, more than one approach to or opinion about a given matter may surface in these essays; yet, undergirding this diversity is the author's shared conviction, as conservative evangelicals with a high regard for the authority of Holy Scripture, that we are called upon to study the Bible with the full use of our minds.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781597526968
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/28/2006
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 406

Meet the Author

I. HOWARD MARSHALL is Emeritus Professor of New Testament Exegesis at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland where he has taught since 1964. He is also president of the British New Testament Society, member of the Committee on Bible Translation, and chair of the Tyndale Fellowship for Biblical Research. Marshall's teaching that salvation can be lost was instrumental in Clark Pinnock's departure from Calvinism. His other books include 'I Believe in the Historical Jesus', 'Jesus the Savior', and 'Kept by the Power of God.'

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Table of Contents


Editor's Foreword     8
Abbreviations     10
Introduction   I. Howard Marshall     11
The Background to Interpretation
The History of New Testament Study   F. F. Bruce     21
Presuppositions in New Testament Criticism   Graham N. Stanton     60
The Use of Critical Methods in Interpretation
Semantics and New Testament Interpretation   Anthony C. Thiselton     75
Questions of Introduction   Donald Guthrie     105
The Religious Background   John W. Drane     117
Historical Criticism   I. Howard Marshall     126
Source Criticism   David Wenham     139
Form Criticism   Stephen H. Travis     153
Tradition History   David R. Catchpole     165
Redaction Criticism   Stephen S. Smalley     181
The Task of Exegesis
How the New Testament Uses the Old   E. Earle Ellis     199
Approaches to New Testament Exegesis   Ralph P. Martin     220
Exegesis in Practice: Two Examples   R. T. France     252
The New Testament and the Modern Reader
Demythologizing - The Problem of Myth in the New Testament   James D. G. Dunn     285
The New Hermeneutic   Anthony C. Thiselton     308
The Authority of the New Testament   Robin Nixon     334
Expounding the New Testament   John Goldingay     351
Bibliography   Norman Hillyer     367
Indexes     389
New Testament Passages Discussed     391
Authors Quoted     393
General Index     399
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