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A Handbook of New Testament Exegesis

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"A scholarly yet practical guide filled with clear explanations, insightful illustrations, and wise guidance. We can be grateful for a work that will serve upper-level college and seminary students extremely well for years to come."--J. Scott Duvall, Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society
This accessible handbook provides a one-stop guide to the New Testament exegetical method. Seasoned New Testament scholar Craig Blomberg and his former research assistant Jennifer Foutz Markley offer both a broad overview of the exegetical process and a step-by-step approach to studying the New Testament in depth, helping readers understand the text and appropriate it responsibly. The book is full of illustrations of interesting or controversial New Testament texts where using the method under discussion truly makes a difference in how the texts are interpreted. Professors and students in New Testament, Greek, hermeneutics, and exegesis courses as well as those involved in ministry will value this work's sound guidance, balanced approach, and manageable size.
1. Textual Criticism
2. Translation and Translations
3. Historical-Cultural Context
4. Literary Context
5. Word Studies
6. Grammar
7. Interpretive Problems
8. Outlining
9. Theology
10. Application


"Blomberg and Foutz Markley have written a wonderfully clear and accessible handbook for New Testament exegesis. The book covers the various steps of the exegetical process and gives sane and sage advice throughout. What makes the book especially illuminating and interesting are the many examples from the New Testament that illustrate the principles discussed. Professors and students will be grateful for a work that is exegetically rigorous, theologically informed, and practically useful."--Thomas R. Schreiner, James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

"In this immensely practical guide to New Testament exegesis, seasoned New Testament scholar Craig Blomberg teams up with Jennifer Foutz Markley to produce another winner. The text walks the student through all key aspects of New Testament interpretation, striking just the right balance between scholarly acumen and simplicity of presentation."--Mark L. Strauss, professor of New Testament, Bethel Seminary San Diego

"The process of Greek exegesis, starting at textual criticism and moving all the way to contextualization, can prove a daunting task for students and ministry leaders alike. Blomberg's and Foutz Markley's handbook promises to be a helpful guide along the way. Clearly written, it emphasizes the specific skills necessary for exegesis and explores practical issues of New Testament interpretation. The consistent use of biblical texts to illustrate a particular skill or guideline is an especially compelling feature of the book. Helpful and practical."--Jeannine Brown, professor of New Testament, Bethel Seminary

"Among the many discussions of the interpretation of Scripture that have appeared lately, this is one of the best and most helpful. Concise and readable, it nevertheless interacts at a high level with the field of hermeneutics. This is a treasure trove of principles for the complex task of understanding Scripture. It covers the major aspects of Bible study and does so with a good explanation of the various nuances of interpretation, providing practical examples from the New Testament. It is a must-read for the serious student of the Word."--Grant Osborne, professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

The Authors

  1. Craig L. Blomberg

    Craig L. Blomberg

    Craig L. Blomberg (PhD, University of Aberdeen) is distinguished professor emeritus of New Testament at Denver Seminary in Littleton, Colorado, where he has taught for more than thirty years. He is the author or editor of numerous books, including Can...

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  2. Jennifer Foutz Markley

    Jennifer Foutz Markley

    Jennifer Foutz Markley (MDiv, Denver Seminary) serves Denver Seminary as an admissions counselor.

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"This is a thoughtful and practical aid for students who are entering seriously into a study of the New Testament. It is not simply a 'how to' book but an exposition of the various steps to be taken and the resources available in a thorough exegesis and interpretation of a biblical passage. . . . If not used as a textbook or reference text for students this volume will certainly be a helpful guide for teachers putting together an introductory course on the New Testament."--Donald Senior, CP, The Bible Today

"This is a helpful and clearly written treatment, which is of benefit to students starting theological studies or for a wider readership that wishes to reflect sensibly on what it means to read and understand the Bible in their contemporary contexts. There are many chapters that could be placed on the reading lists for introductory courses to biblical studies. This is a helpful and balanced discussion of the topic."--Paul Foster, Expository Times

"NT teachers and students, along with pastors seeking a refresher, stand to gain from this recent overview of biblical exegesis. . . . Blomberg and Foutz Markley sketch a historical-grammatical approach that squares well with exegesis classes taught in evangelical seminaries. Their contribution to the field of exegetical handbooks and introductions is a readable and comprehensive primer housed in a step-by-step methodological framework. . . . Clear writing and a steady stream of examples, along with a wide breadth of issues addressed in each exegetical step, make this book a promising resource for students, teachers, and pastors. It demonstrates well the necessity of rigorous, self-aware, and thoughtful exegesis for followers of Scripture."--Carl Park, Themelios

"The aim of writing a book on exegesis for specialists and non-specialists alike is a commendable and important one, and this handbook accomplishes its stated purpose successfully. . . . Blomberg and Foutz Markley have produced a volume with many strengths. . . . They clearly define terms and clearly explain how to proceed through each phase of the process. They offer plenty of examples and do not shy away from treating difficult, controversial passages. . . . One of the best features of the book lies in the tables and sidebars where the reader will find useful supplemental material and summaries of the topic under discussion. . . . Helpful comments can be found throughout the book. They are also savvy to the history of exegetical issues, and they consistently keep the first-century context in view. . . . Handbook of New Testament Exegesis stands as a scholarly yet practical guide filled with clear explanations, insightful illustrations, and wise guidance. We can be grateful for a work that will serve upper-level college and seminary students extremely well for years to come."--J. Scott Duvall, Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society

"Helpful. . . . [The authors] cover all the aspects of the exegetical process with clarity."--Ray Van Neste, Preaching

"Seminary instructors and others who teach NT exegesis will want to take a close look at this new handbook. . . . The wording and organization of the volume are lucid and engaging. . . . The authors give students plenty of guidance for further study in the footnotes, which introduce them in an evenhanded way to the broader world of NT studies. . . . The particular strength of this addition to the many guides to NT exegesis on the market is its clear and user-friendly narrative explanation of each step. Even without classroom visuals and additional instructor comments I could imagine a student learning the nuts and bolts of the process simply by reading. . . . This new Handbook deserves serious consideration as a textbook for seminary courses and even for the interested individual who cannot attend a class."--Kent L. Yinger, Bulletin for Biblical Research

"[The authors] offer us a clear insightful procedure for practicing the interpretation of Scripture. . . . This Handbook of New Testament Exegesis provides an excellent didactic tool to teach students how to read the Bible. I especially appreciated the footnotes that demonstrate knowledge of the most up-to-date literature available."--Dean B. Deppe, Calvin Theological Journal

"Each chapter can serve as a self-contained introduction and application of the various methods. Chapters are also generously footnoted (not endnoted) with up-to-date primary and secondary literature that provides readers with exceptional resources for further study. The writing style is clear and not overly loaded with technical language. True to purpose, the numerous examples illustrating application of method will encourage students to use the techniques and draw their conclusions both confidently and humbly. . . . [The authors'] emphasis remains on the text interpreted in context with a view toward faithful Spirit-filled proclamation. They have executed their task with excellence, and the Handbook should be a standard exegesis textbook for first- or second-year Greek students and anyone else committed to the serious work of careful detailed NT interpretation."--William Renay Wilson II, Criswell Theological Review

"A concise yet thorough discussion of the process of biblical exegesis. . . . This excellent volume is well researched and documented, and a high view of Scripture is demonstrated throughout. Students would be well served by using this volume as a starting point in learning the exegetical process."--Joseph D. Fantin, Bibliotheca Sacra

"What separates this book . . . from other similar works is its declared design. Written for the Bible student with or without a working knowledge of Koine Greek, specialist and nonspecialist alike, this handbook recognizes and addresses logistical and emotional barriers that hinder the student of Scripture from 'faithfully elaborating a full-orbed exegesis of a given passage of Scripture.'. . . Text criticism and other subjects are presented very well in an engaging manner. This book should be a useful addition to students, pastors, and teachers alike. . . . Blomberg and Foutz Markley's contribution should be adopted as a recommended resource and consulted for its valued theoretical and illustrative insights."--Frank Z. Kovács, Haddington House Journal

"[A] helpful guide to NT exegesis. . . . Each chapter includes a wealth of examples. . . . One of the book's strengths [is that the authors] not only illustrate how to put theory into practice but also bring out the relevance of this theory for interpretation. . . . The book works well within the modernist perspective from which it was written and within which it is probably intended to function. For those comfortable working on the basis of a clear distinction between exegesis and hermeneutics, this text is a solid guide."--Stephen E. Young, Catholic Biblical Quarterly