Thank you to the anonymous donor of a few new books that showed up in my mailbox yesterday!! (Well, I hope they were for me and not sent to my address on accident! lol!) It was very gracious of you, kind person! Thanks so much I really appreciate it!
The late Robert Traina’s Methodical Bible Study (Zondervan, 2002). Traina was Eugene Peterson’s Bible teacher in Seminary. Want to know how to study the Bible (you’d be surprised how many of us don’t really know, even pastors and seminarians)?? Want to “study to show yourself approved” (2 Tim 2:15)? This is as good a place as any to start. Other translations of 2 15 say, “be diligent,.” To learn how to study the Bible following the Inductive or Methodical Method, well ask just that of you, that you “be diligent.” To get more into it all you can get this one too (that was written as a follow up), Inductive Bible Study: A Comprehensive Guide to the Practice of Hermeneutics (Baker 2011). Don’t get overwhelmed. Start with a small book, like Titus or Jude, even Philemon, and work your way up.
Finally, Jim West sent me a copy of First and Second Samuel: A Commentary (The Old Testament Library) by Graeme Auld (for which I am grateful as I would never have bought it given its price… I won it on his blog by saying “I think I should be blessed with Auld’s commentary because you have a chance to encourage a witless Pentecostal to get thinking right about 1&2 Samuel.” 🙂 So grateful for this book Dr Jim! Thanks again.
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:
last night we were at a local Christian book store and I was sure to browse the bargains section, because, well, you just never know what kids of jewels and nuggets you might find! Always, always, always check the bargain section….
with much thanks to Jeff, I now have a copy of Patrick Miller’s work The Way of the Lord: Essays in Old Testament Theology (Eerdmans, 2007). I first learned of Miller’s work when taking an exegesis of the Psalms class at Fuller Seminary NW in Seattle (before going to AGTS). I like his work and am glad Jeff got this for me.
Here is a description:
The essays in this volume represent a theological interpretation especially focused on the Decalogue and the Psalms. The essays on the Commandments lay out an understanding of them as a kind of constitutional guideline for the life of the community of faith that is then developed in many specific and illustrative ways in the rest of Scripture – legislation, narrative, prophetic oracle, psalm, and wisdom saying.
The various treatments of the Psalms focus especially on the way in which the Psalter is a book of theology as much as it is a collection of hymns and prayers. The final section of the book continues the theological reading of the Old Testament with some specific attention to the methodological issues as well as to aspects of the character of God and the nature of the human.
Contents include: The place of the Decalogue in the Old Testament and its law; The sufficiency and insufficiency of the commandments; Metaphors for the moral; The good neighbor: identity and community through the commandments; The story of the first commandment: The book of Exodus; The story of the first commandment: The book of Joshua, The psalms as a meditation on the first commandment; The commandments in the reformed perspective; “That It May Go Well with You”; The commandments and the common good….
The ruler in Zion and the hope of the poor: Psalms 9-10 in the context of the Psalter; The poetry of creation: Psalm 104, The hermeneutics of imprecation, Prayer and worship, The Psalter as a book of theology, What is a human being? The anthropology of the Psalter I, The sinful and trusting creature: The anthropology of the Psalter II, Constitution or instruction? The purpose of Deuteronomy, “Slow to Anger” the God of the prophets, What the scriptures principally teach, Theology from below: the theological interpretation of scripture, Man and woman: towards a theological anthropology.
Now doesn’t that sound wonderfully delicious!!? lol! Looking forward to getting into this one.
of Dave Black’s second edition of his Why Four Gospels? book yesterday! It is a gracious reprint of the book by Henry Neufeld of Energion Publications. Thank you Henry for your gracious willingness to keep Dave Black’s book in print. It is appreciated by us pastors and students of the Word who desire to know more of God’s Word.
Here is a description of the book:
In Why Four Gospels? noted Greek and New Testament scholar David Alan Black, concisely and clearly presents the case for the early development of the gospels, beginning with Matthew, rather than Mark. But this is much more than a discussion of the order in which the gospels were written. Using both internal data from the gospels themselves and an exhaustive and careful examination of the statements of the early church fathers, Dr. Black places each gospel in the context of the early development of Christianity.
Though Markan priority is the dominant position still in Biblical scholarship, Dr. Black argues that this position is not based on the best evidence available, that the internal evidence is often given more weight than it deserves and alternative explanations are dismissed or ignored. If you would like an outline of the basis for accepting both early authorship of the gospels and the priority of Matthew, this book is for you.
This will be an interesting and challenging read I look forward too – so far most of my exposure and understanding of the composition and authorship of the Gospels comes from reading Robert H. Stein’s Studying the Synoptic Gospels: Origin and Interpretation (Baker Academic, 2001). At least now I have a couple books from two different perspectives and be able to get a better understanding of the issues.
It has a pretty good endorsement from Richard Bauckham himself which reads in part with the product description:
In this state of the art study, Kenneth J. Archer provides the most detailed and comprehensive analysis of Pentecostal Hermeneutics to date. Archer identifies the hermeneutical filter through which the Pentecostal story and identity is understood and meaning is made, with specific attention given to the Central Narrative Convictions of the Pentecostal Community. The model here proposed builds upon the tridactic negotiation for meaning that draws upon the biblical text, the Pentecostal community, and the role of the Holy Spirit. Archer offers a significant paradigm for all those interested in the topic of Pentecostal hermeneutics and its significance for contemporary belief and practice. “Archer has provided . . . an insightful proposal for the kind of Pentecostal hermeneutic that is appropriate to our contemporary context.” (R. Bauckham, Prof of NT, Univ of St Andrew’s, UK).
Kenneth J. Archer (PhD, University of St. Andrews) is Associate Professor of Theology at the Church of God Theological Seminary Cleveland. In addition to his ministry in theological education, he has served for a number of years as a pastor and is an Ordained Bishop with the Church of God (Cleveland, TN).
Sounds like maybe Archer was a student of Bauckham? Perhaps. And does it sound like an interesting book (prolly a published dissertation) or what? Indeed. I am looking forward to reading this one.