got a couple books

thanks to those who buy stuff though the amazon links I put up.  I appreciate your willingness to do that.

So, one thing that is important to me is being able to exegete the Bible from the original languages, so far as I am able.  Because of this I get books that help me in this venture.  One that I got was:

Richard Erickson’s A Beginner’s Guide to New Testament Exegesis: Taking the Fear out of Critical Method (IVP Academic, 2005).  Here is a description:

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 by what 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!

Perhaps it is a beginner edition, but given I had to toss a lot books a while ago, I needed to get some new ones and some beginner editions are worth having and this is one of those worth having.

The other one I got based off a recommendation from my friend and blogger Luke Geraty:

Gerald Mann’s Why does Jesus make me nervous?: Taking the Sermon on the Mount seriously (Word Books, 1980).   Don’t know much about it.  He like it, it was cheap, so I wanted to check it out.  🙂

Well, thanks again for going through my amazon links to get stuff.  I appreciate it.


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