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

By Michael Gorman (Author)
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Elements of Biblical Exegesis: A Basic Guide for Students and Ministers presents the essential elements of sound exegetical method in a succinct and incisive way. Designed for students, teachers, pastors, and others wishing to think and write about the Bible carefully, this brief hands-on guide incorporates insights from the field of biblical interpretation into its straightforward approach to the complex task of exegesis. This task is broken down into seven distinct elements: survey; analysis of the context; analysis of the form, structure, and movement of the text; detailed analysis of the text; synthesis; reflection on the text for today; and expansion and refinement of the exegesis. Practical hints and suggested exercises show the reader how to develop proficiency in each of these elements. Resources are supplied for those who want to pursue further study in any of these seven areas. Appendices supply two sample exegesis papers and practical guidelines for writing a research exegesis paper.

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Studio: Hendrickson Publishers
Pages   239
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.9" Width: 6.1" Height: 0.7"
Weight:   0.97 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 28, 2001
Edition  Student/Stdy Gde  
ISBN  1565634853  
ISBN13  9781565634855  

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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...
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A Seminarian's MUST HAVE book  Jan 6, 2009
As a seminarian and newly introduced to the world of exegetical writing, this book is a life savor. Though my instructors spent considerable amounts of time informing the class about writing an exegesis, I still felt that I needed a little more guidance and in the form of something I could refer to at 2am in the middle of a paper.

What I really like about this book is that it talks with you and not over your head like you're a seminary professor. It's a great tool of the trade, a fast read, and a book you won't want to study without.
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.

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