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Elements of Biblical Exegesis: A Basic Guide for Students and Ministers [Paperback]

By Michael J. Gorman (Author)
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In this revised and expanded edition of Elements of Biblical Exegesis: A Basic Guide for Students and Ministers, Michael J. Gorman presents a straightforward approach to the complex task of biblical exegesis. Designed for students, teachers, and ministers, this hands-on guide breaks the task down into seven distinct elements. For each of these, Gorman supplies a clear explanation, practical hints, and suggested exercises to help the reader develop exegetical proficiency. The new edition addresses more fully the meaning of theological interpretation and provides updated print and internet resources for those who want to pursue further study in any aspect of exegesis. Appendixes offer three sample exegesis papers and practical guidelines for writing a research exegesis paper.

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Studio: Hendrickson Publishers
Pages   286
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.9" Width: 5.9" Height: 0.8"
Weight:   1.1 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 1, 2009
Publisher   Hendrickson Publishers
Edition  Expanded  
ISBN  1598563114  
ISBN13  9781598563115  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Michael J. Gorman (PhD, Princeton Theological Seminary) is Raymond E. Brown Professor of Biblical Studies and Theology at St. Mary's Seminary and University in Baltimore. He formerly served as dean of the Ecumenical Institute of Theology at St. Mary's.

Michael J. Gorman was born in 1955.

Michael J. Gorman has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Cascade Companions
  2. Gospel and Our Culture Series (Gocs)

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Excellent Resource  Jan 18, 2008
Michael Gorman has written a detailed systematic method for producing appropriately structured and accurate exegetical works. I wish that I had known about this book before finishing much of my Masters degree. This book was a text book for a course, but I think anybody wanting to write scholarly works dealing with the Bible should purchase Elements of Biblical Exegesis. Gorman's style is clear, easily understood, and he even adds suggested resources for writing. Buy this book!
Good Approach.  Oct 15, 2007
Michael Gorman offers a good, basic step by step approach to exegesis that will help those who do not know Greek or Hebrew and even those who do. He starts by explaining the different approaches (synchronic, diachronic, and existential). He uses an eclectic approach in this book and recommends the reader do the same. He favors working from the final text form and not giving undue attention to liberal methods of form criticism. There is an excellent chapter on picking out a good modern day translation and the pro's and con's of each of the translations. At the end of each chapter he provides three very helpful sections: First, is the chapter summary, in which he briefly recaps the main points. Second, here he gives a couple of tips that make exegesis easier. Third, is the "For Further Insight and Practice" section, in which the author gives assignments that really reinforce the teaching as you go. Exegesis is something you learn by doing and Gorman helps this to happen with this excellent teaching tool. The chapters are short and set up in a step by step or as Gorman has labeled each step as an element. For example, chapter 3 is labeled "Survey: The first element". After the step by steps of exegesis, the author has provided an entire chapter, that is longer than all the rest on "Resources for Exegesis". This chapter alone is worth the price of the book. All of the bibliographies are annotated. If you are a student or a minister and are looking for a great basic guide to get you started in exegesis, then you need to order this book. You will be glad that you did.
A must for Teachers and Students  Jan 9, 2007
I am a student in training for teaching in a local church. I have been teaching in church for a long time, however I did not know how much I did not know until I began this study. It put all the previous study in perspective. It is informative, it has plenty of examples and references for further research or study.

I am glad that this book was one of the books required in my year long pursuit to become a certified teacher at my local church.

Lillie Smith
Great Text for Learning Exegesis  Jan 9, 2007
Gorman's book is an excellent tool for teaching the basics of exegesis to college students with little to no background in critical biblical studies. I highly recommend it for those who need a brief introduction to the topic. Those who are already trained in exegesis probably won't find much help here.
Just the Basics  Sep 8, 2003
This book lives up to its subtitle--it is indeed a very basic guide to biblical exegesis. It is easy to read, and explains everything at a level that anyone, even if they have never done exegesis, will be able to understand. It gives a basic explanation of how to consider historical context, literary context, etc. and how to do a more detailed analysis of a text. Gorman also emphasizes the importance of taking our own context as exegetes into account; realizing that we bring our own lives and cultures into our readings, as much as we try not to. And I appreciated that he brought up that a main point of exegesis (which is often neglected) is for us to ask the question, "If we were to take this passage seriously, how then would we live?"

I think this is a good, quick read that will be good for people who want to start doing some responsible Biblical exegesis. However, if you are a graduate student (or anyone for that matter) and already have a basic handle on how to do exegesis and want to do more in-depth study, this is probably not the book you are looking for.

  Nov 30, 1999
Praise for the first edition of Elements of Biblical Exegesis:

"Designed for students, teachers, and pastors, this is really a handbook for studying the basics of biblical exegesis. It takes the reader, step by step, through context, historical, and literary analyses. While the diachronic and existential approaches are given their due, Gorman clearly states that the synchronic approach is dominant here. Having seen how a text is taken apart, the reader is then shown how to put it back together again in a way that will yield meaning for today. The very layout of the book is instructive. Important words are in bold print and explanations follow. Charts illustrate ideas. Each chapter ends with a summary of the content, practical hints for learning and remembering, and suggestions for further practice. Five appendices supplement the material in the book itself. This guide is highly recommended for classroom use."
--The Bible Today

The second edition features the following improvements to this top-selling textbook:
* Already discussed and embraced in the first edition, theological interpretation receives more attention in the second edition, accounting for the most significant change: the considerable expansion and renaming of chapter 8. That chapter is now called "Reflection: Theological Interpretation." The revised chapter 8 is longer and more theoretical than most of the other chapters.
* Another major addition to the second edition is the inclusion of a sample exegesis paper on a text from the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible.
* Other alterations include changes to some exercises, clarification and/or elaboration on several matters, and especially the addition of new resources.
* The purpose of the book, and its intended audience, remain the same: Elements provides students and ministers with an unapologetically practical approach to exegesis that is built on a strong theoretical foundation.


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