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A Beginner's Guide to New Testament Exegesis: Taking the Fear Out of Critical Method [Paperback]

By Richard J. Erickson (Author)
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Thoroughly accessible, this guide clearly introduces the essential methods of New Testament interpretation, giving students a solid grasp of basic skills while encouraging practice and holding out manageable goals and expectations. Numerous helps and illustrations clarify, summarize and illuminate the principles.

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Let's face it. Just the word exegesis puts some of us on edge. We are excited about learning to interpret the Bible, but the thought of exegetical method evokes a chill. Some textbooks on exegesis do nothing to overcome these apprehensions. The language is dense. The concepts are hard. And the expectations are way too high. However, the skills that we need to learn are ones that a minister of the gospel will use every week. Exegesis provides the process for listening, for hearing the biblical text as if you were an ordinary intelligent person listening to a letter from Paul or a Gospel of Mark in first-century Corinth or Ephesus or Antioch. This book by Richard Erickson will help you learn this skill. Thoroughly accessible to students, it clearly introduces the essential methods of interpreting the New Testament, giving students a solid grasp of basic skills while encouraging practice and holding out manageable goals and expectations. Numerous helps and illustrations clarify, summarize and illuminate the principles. And a wealth of exercises tied to each chapter are available on the web. This is a book distinguished not so much bywhat it covers as by how: it removes the "fear factor" of exegesis. There are many guides to New Testament exegesis, but this one is the most accessible--and fun

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Studio: IVP Academic
Pages   239
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 5.75" Height: 8.75"
Weight:   0.85 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 2005
Publisher   IVP-InterVarsity Press
Edition  Student/Stdy Gde  
ISBN  0830827714  
ISBN13  9780830827718  

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More About Richard J. Erickson

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Richard J. Erickson (Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary) is associate professor of New Testament at Fuller Seminary Northwest in Seattle, where he has taught exegesis to students for over twenty years. Erickson has also taught courses at Lutheran Brethren Seminaries in Kaele, Cameroon, and Sendai, Japan, at Seminario Biblico de Colombia in Medellin, at Seminario Teologico Presbiteriano San Pablo in Merida, Yucat?n, and at Tyndale Theological Seminary in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Erickson has published several articles in professional journals and inFaith and Fellowship, the denominational magazine of the Church of the Lutheran Brethren, the church in which he is ordained. He has also presented research papers at professional meetings and is a frequent speaker at various churches and conferences.

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Exegetical Method done realistically and skillfully!  Feb 16, 2006
Rich Erickson has provided beginning students of Exegetical Method a more digestible way of understanding how to unlock what was divinely inspired in the New Testament. His book invites a beginning exegete into this complex method of study yet through his step by step process takes the fear out of learning the techniques required to thouroughly exegete passages of scripture. His creative writing style not only is humorous at times but some of his analogies help the beginner remember valuable techniques of exegesis. He also masterfully takes the beginning exegete from feelings of trepidation to feelings that exegeting scripture is a journey that requires each of us to relax and continue on. It is not simply something we do once and put the books away after a class is over, it is something we do for a life time if we want to grasp the divine-human intention of scripture.
Exegesis- a Life Long Adventure  Dec 8, 2005
Rich Erickson's book does a fantastic job of bringing the task of biblical exegesis within the grasp of even beginning biblical scholars. The tools and skills of biblical exegesis are presented in a thorough manner with many encouragements and suggestions along the way to bite off only what you can chew. Exegesis is an exciting, lifelong journey he says! Don't be discouraged by what you CAN'T do, celebrate what you CAN and be amazed at the insights you gain!
The Guide We've All Been Waiting For  Nov 17, 2005
As one who has taught New Testament courses for over 20 years now, I am so grateful to Rich Erickson for writing this book. This is the guide that all of us, teachers and students, have been waiting for someone to write. I have no doubt it will become the standard guide to New Testament interpretation and exegesis for years to come. It is amazingly comprehensive and very thorough BUT at the same time it is written in a conversational style that is engaging and communicates clearly and simply with its reader. Thanks Rich for writing a book that I will use in my classes and recommend over and over again to all my friends and students.
Taking Off, Putting On  Nov 8, 2005
Rich Erickson is one of those wonderfully creative writers whose work might easily have given Michael Crichton a run for his money had he chosen to invest his life in that world. Thank God he didn't! Instead of choosing fiction, Rich has chosen to invest his life in truth, to help ministry students learn how to read and interpret the Word of God. As a disciple, he understands what's at stake in mastering this discipline. As a pastor, he knows how deep the fear can go in the heart of the beginner. As a teacher, he knows how challenging it can be to overcome these fears long enough to learn something unavoidably, irrevocably "foreign." Hammered out in the classroom over decades, A Beginner's Guide to New Testament Exegesis may be the best tool available to help students learn how to take off their fears long enough to put on the Word.

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