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Biblical Exegesis: A Beginner's Handbook [Paperback]

By John H. Hayes (Author) & Carl R. Holladay (Author)
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New chapters added on emerging methods of interpretation and the use of computer technology for exegesis. Bibliogrpahies have been updated and Scripture has been converted to the NRSV.

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John Hayes and Carl Holladay have thoroughly revised and expanded this best-selling textbook, adding new chapters on emerging methods of interpretation and the use of computer technology for exegesis. All bibliographies have been updated, and Scripture has been converted to the NRSV. This new edition retains the features of the early editions: a minimum of technical terms, solid introductory guidelines in exegetical methods, and a valuable presentation of exegetical theory and practice. It is ideal for general introductory exegesis courses, introductions to the Old and New Testaments, and introduction to preaching, as well as for pastors and lay leaders.

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Studio: Westminster John Knox Press
Pages   236
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.9" Width: 6" Height: 0.8"
Weight:   0.85 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 2007
Edition  Revised  
ISBN  0664227759  
ISBN13  9780664227753  

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More About John H. Hayes & Carl R. Holladay

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! John H. Hayes is Professor Emeritusof Old Testament at Candler School of Theology, Emory University, in Atlanta, Georgia. He is the author of numerous books, including "Introduction to the Bible", "Biblical Exegesis: A Beginner's Handbook" (with Carl Holladay), "The Jewish People in Classical Antiquity" (with Sara Mandell), and "Old Testament Theology: Its History and Development" (with Frederick Prussner), all published by WJK.

John H. Hayes was born in 1934.

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2Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Reference > Criticism & Interpretation > Criticism & Interpretation
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Biblical Exegesis  Apr 8, 2009
This is a book for a preaching class and is an easy read compared to some that I have read.
Good Survey Of The Methods Of Critical Bible Study  Feb 23, 2008
Hayes and Holladay give a succinct yet thorough survey of exegesis and Biblical Exegesis in particular. Anyone wanting a basic understanding of the general approaches used in the scholarly study of the Bible will find this book useful. Those of us who want to study the Bible seriously need to have a basic understanding of how to know the words that were used in the original; how to work to understand what the words mean and how they were intended; and how to connect with the historicity and the history of the texts. Biblical Exegesis - A Beginner's Handbook is a fine introduction to these three processes and much more. Very much worth the read.

Robert Curtis
Santa Rosa Beach, Florida
Excellent  Jun 28, 2007
This is an excellent source of information done in a way that enables understanding for a beginner student of the Bible.
Great Overview of the Field  Apr 4, 2007
This is a great introduction to the discipline of BE. It has a lot of breadth to give a novice a good flavor of multiple facets of BE without going into too much depth and drowning one in technical terms and methodology. Very nice overview for beginners.

In the first chapter, the authors introduce the field itself, provide basic definitions and historical perspectives/evolution of the field. In the following chapters they discuss each of the major techniques or approaches to biblical criticism. Once again, the book isn't trying to be an in-depth, all-encompassing resource, it provides a very high level, but good overview of the field and each individual discipline. Most chapters have thorough and well organized bibliographies for further study of individual topics, which is very useful. Here are the titles of the chapters:

1 Introducing exegesis
2 Textual criticism (the quest for the original wording)
3 Historical criticism (the setting in time and space)
4 Grammatical criticism (the language of the text)
5 Literary criticism (the composition and rhetorical style of the text)
6 Form criticism (the genre and life setting of the text)
7 Tradition criticism (the stages behind the text)
8 Redaction criticism (the final viewpoint and theology)
9 Structuralist criticism (the universals in the text)
10 Canonical criticism (the sacred text of Synagogue and Church)
11 Integrating exegetical procedures
12 Employing the fruits of Biblical Exegesis
Great Beginning!  Jan 5, 2007
I am using Hayes' book as one of my required texts for a university class I'm currently teaching on biblical hermeneutics. It delivers precisely what the book is titled: A Beginner's Handbook. I highly recommend it as a beginner's introduction to the complex task of exegesis; why we do it, and suggestions for how we can do it today.

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