In the New Testament, the good news of Gods plan of salvation shines forth. The richness of these Scriptures rewards any level of studybut there are particular ways such study can be done well. In his easy-to-understand guide to New Testament exegesis, Andrew Naselli explains and illustrates each step of a logical twelve-stage interpretive process that can be used with benefit by pastors, scholars, teachers, and laypeople. Move from genre to textual criticism, take Greek grammar and literary context into account, and journey through the passage all the way to practical application. Learn how to track an authors thought-flow, grasp the texts message, and apply the ancient Word in this modern world, all in light of Christs redeeming work. Then plunge into Nasellis recommended resources to go further in your studies every step of the way.
Naselli's book on how to do exegesis is an outstanding resource. It is wonderfully clear and accessible and hence interesting to read. At the same time, it is packed with information so that readers are instructed in the art of interpretation. There are many resources out there on how to interpret the scriptures, but this is surely one of the best.
As I read through Naselli's new book, I kept finding myself thinking, "Yes! That's the way to say that!" or "This will really help students!' or "Why didn't I think of that?" I expect God to use this book to shape thousands of pastors and ministers to be more faithful readers, teachers, and disciples of his Word.
Naselli has complied an impressive compendium of information and suggestions for interpreting Biblical texts covering such areas as textual criticism, translation, Greek grammar, diagramming biblical arguments, the importance of understanding historical and literary contexts, biblical-historical-systematic and practical theology. I found the chapter on Bible translation especially helpful.
How to Understand and Apply the New Testament: 12 Steps from Exegesis to Theology is an excellent comprehensive introduction to biblical exegesis and more. Its even-handed presentation, well-chosen examples, logical organization, and winsome writing provide a superb "nuts and bolts" guide for students, pastors, and anyone interested in how to better read the Bible.
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