How to Understand and Apply the New Testament: Twelve Steps from Exegesis to Theology
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How to Understand and Apply the New Testament forwards a comprehensive, conversational book that is ideal for anyone who wants to understand and apply the Bible—and the New Testament in particular—in a responsible, well-informed, and God-glorifying way. Andrew Naselli is an able guide, walking readers through a carefully field-tested twelve-stage interpretive process that pastors, scholars, teachers, and laypeople can use with benefit.

  • 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 author's thought-flow, grasp the text's message, and apply the ancient Word in this modern world, all in light of Christ's redeeming work.
  • Go further in your studies using the extensive recommended resources for every step of the way.

With engaging illustrations and practical answers at their fingertips, readers will master the skills needed to deepen understanding and shape theology with confidence and wisdom.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 432
Vendor: P & R Publishing
Publication Date: 2017
Dimensions: 10.00 X 7.00 (inches)
ISBN: 1629952486
ISBN-13: 9781629952482

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Author Bio

Andrew David Naselli (PhD, Bob Jones University; PhD, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is assistant professor of New Testament and theology at Bethlehem College & Seminary in Minneapolis and an elder of Bethlehem Baptist Church.

Editorial Reviews

“Andy Naselli has written a thorough and substantive book on how to interpret the Bible. It covers all the bases. In addition, it is very practical for Christians who may not be scholars, teachers, or pastors, though scholars, teachers, and pastors will definitely benefit from it. If you want to better learn how to interpret the Bible and apply it to your life, then Naselli’s book is for you. If you want to be better prepared to teach Bible study groups and Sunday school classes, this is the book for you. If you are a pastor and you want to be better prepared to preach, then this is the book for you. If you want to learn how to memorize Scripture, then this is the book for you. In sum, if you are really serious about wanting to understand Scripture better, then this is the book for you. It does not contain technical jargon but is written in a very understandable way, yet it is not lightweight. I heartily commend Andy Naselli’s book.”

G. K. Beale, J. Gresham Machen Chair of New Testament, Westminster Theological Seminary

“This is an astonishing book—clear enough with all the basics, sophisticated enough with numerous topics not usually found in a hermeneutics primer, abreast of cutting-edge scholarship with thorough and helpful bibliographies, warmly pastoral in spirit, and filled with practical illustrations of each interpretive step applied to key biblical texts. Whereas other works of partially comparable scope have required two or three authors, Naselli has mastered all the pieces himself and produced a truly one-stop-shopping resource. An outstanding tool not likely to be superseded anytime soon.”

Craig L. Blomberg, Distinguished Professor of New Testament, Denver Seminary; Member, NIV Committee on Bible Translation

“Naselli wrote this book with the serious layperson in mind, and it shows. We don’t just want to read the New Testament; we want to understand it, meditate on it, and live in response to it. Showing the skill of a distinguished teacher, Naselli anticipates and articulates the questions of his readers while providing helpful illustrations and practical solutions. If you have been looking for a guide to help sharpen your exegesis and grow as a theologian, grab this inspiring, thorough, and pertinent resource.”

Aimee Byrd, Cohost, Mortification of Spin; Author, Housewife Theologian, Theological Fitness, and No Little Women

“Andy Naselli is to be congratulated for putting together this superb introductory volume for a new generation of New Testament students. From beginning to end, Naselli’s thoughtful, substantive, and reliable work is presented in a pedagogically sound and reader-friendly manner. I am confident that it will find a warm welcome among its readers, offering them outstanding guidance along the way. It is a genuine delight to recommend this fine book.”

David S. Dockery, President, Trinity International University

“This book is an excellent comprehensive introduction to biblical exegesis and more. Its evenhanded presentation, well-chosen examples, logical organization, and winsome writing provide a superb ‘nuts and bolts’ guide for students, pastors, and anyone else interested in how to better read the Bible.”

Karen H. Jobes, Gerald F. Hawthorne Professor Emerita of New Testament Greek and Exegesis, Wheaton College and Graduate School; Member, NIV Committee on Bible Translation

“In contrast to insecure academicians who disguise their own limits with unfamiliar language, truly good scholars should be able to make complex matters simpler. That’s what Naselli does in this work, communicating effectively even in the way he explains what to many readers are less familiar subjects, such as grammar and how to understand Greek language. (Less extraordinarily, Naselli also keeps most simple matters simple.) Well informed on current translation principles and grammatical debates, Naselli also bridges the sometimes inappropriate divides among studying Scripture passages, recognizing biblical themes, and articulating coherent theology.”

Craig S. Keener, F. M. and Ada Thompson Professor of Biblical Studies, Asbury Theological Seminary

“Many young preachers feel the need to ‘connect to the culture’ today, and that is right. But many do so before or even without taking great pains to be sure they understand the scriptural text thoroughly. Careful exegesis will unlock more riches in the passage than the preacher will be able to cover! There are many good books on interpreting the biblical text, and Andy Naselli lists many of them. But his own volume is as accessible and user-friendly for the working expositor as any I’ve seen. I recommend it!”

Tim Keller, Senior Pastor, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, New York City; Cofounder, The Gospel Coalition

“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.”

Thomas R. Schreiner, James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation and Associate Dean, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; Cochair, CSB Translation Oversight Committee

“What Andy Naselli has done in this work is remarkable. He has taken what multiple volumes focus on and in one book written on how to move from exegesis to theology with precision, clarity, and biblical fidelity. I know of no other book that so helpfully and carefully enables the reader to understand the basics of literary forms, textual criticism, translation theory, Greek grammar, and numerous other crucial points of exegesis with such accuracy and written in such a readable and engaging way. But Naselli does more. He not only describes these helpful points of exegesis, but also helps the reader do exegesis, and he clearly illustrates how to move from the biblical text to proper biblical and theological conclusions by offering specific examples and illustrations. Our day desperately needs the church to be faithful Bible readers and doers in order to know our great and glorious triune God truly. In fact, the life and health of the church is directly related to our reading and application of God’s Word to our lives. This book is greatly needed to help pastors, students, and all other Christians to rightly divide God’s Word and to apply it to their lives. I highly recommend it, and I pray that it will have a wide use in the church.”

Stephen J. Wellum, Professor of Christian Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

“In my years of teaching the Bible, the most common refrain I hear from those wanting to teach or study is: ‘Where do I start?’ Andy Naselli offers twelve steps to place us on the path with a map and a compass. Bible study requires a careful balance of humility and confidence. Andy helps us consider the weight of the joyful task, offering the resources to encourage us to take up the burden responsibly. This book is profitable for grasping a comprehensive view of how to handle the text, serving also as a reference tool that I will go back to again and again.”

Jen Wilkin, Bible Teacher; Author of Women of the Word and None like Him

Editorial Reviews

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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