Interpreting the New Testament Text

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Interpreting the New Testament Text

Author: Darrell Bock and Buist Fanning


With the widespread availability of English Bible translations, the question can easily be asked, Why bother with the hard work of biblical exegesis? Computers can translate foreign languages and many English translations take us very close to the original words and meaning of the Bible. But the answer is clear: the deepest truths of the Bible are found through the deepest study. This book teaches the principles, methods, and fundamentals of exegeting the New Testament, and offers examples of textual exegesis that clearly and helpfully show the value of exegeting a text well. Serious students of Scripture will benefit from using this book in their study of the Bible.

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  1. Opening Questions: Definition and Philosophy of Exegesis
  2. Laying a Foundation: New Testament Textual Criticism
  3. Grammatical Analysis: Making Connections
  4. Sentence Diagramming, Clausal Layouts, and Exegetical Outlining: Tracing the Argument
  5. Lexical Analysis: Studies in Words
  6. Validation: Exegetical Problem Solving
  7. Background Studies: Grounding the Text in Reality
  8. Narrative Genre: Studying the Story
  9. Epistolary Genre: Reading Ancient Letters
  10. Apocalyptic Genre: Visions and Symbols
  11. Scripture Citing Scripture: Use of the Old Testament in the New
  12. Theological Analysis: Building Biblical Theology
  13. Showing the Relevance: Application, Ethics and Preaching


  1. Mark 1:1–13: Introducing the Gospel of Mark
  2. Mark 1:1–15: The Paradox of Authority and Servanthood
  3. Mark 7:27: Jesus' Puzzling Statement
  4. Acts 8:26–40: Why the Ethiopian Eunuch Was Not from Ethiopia
  5. Romans 15:9b–12: Gentiles as the Culminative Focus of Salvation History
  6. Galatians 3:10–13: Crucifixion Curse and Resurrection Freedom
  7. Ephesians 2:19–22: The Temple Motif
  8. Ephesians 5:26: The Baptismal Metaphor and Jewish Ritual Baths
  9. Philippians 2:6–7: The Image of God and the Cross of Christ
  10. Colossians 1:12–20: Christus Creator, Christus Salvator
  11. James 1:19–27: Anger in the Congregation
  12. 1 Peter 2:2a: Nourishment for Growth in Faith and Love
  13. 3 John: Tracing the Flow of Thought


Interpreting the New Testament Text is a contemporary application of Paul’s charge to Timothy to study to present himself to God, approved as one who correctly handles the word of truth. Highly recommended!”
Andreas J. Köstenberger, Director, Center for Biblical Studies and Research; Professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; Founder, Biblical Foundations

“This ‘how-to’ guide provides significant step-by-step help for first-year seminarians. It should prove very helpful.”
Klyne Snodgrass, Professor Emeritus of New Testament, North Park Theological Seminary

“Not only an excellent textbook but also a useful refresher for pastors and teachers engaged in the weekly study of the text for ministry.”
Clinton E. Arnold, Dean and Professor of New Testament Language and Literature, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University

“Covers the exegetical landscape admirably.”
B. Paul Wolfe, Former Associate Professor of New Testament, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; Headmaster, The Cambridge School of Dallas

“A comprehensive, thorough, and excellent guide to exegetical method that I am happy to recommend with enthusiasm!”
Donald A. Hagner, George Eldon Ladd Professor Emeritus of New Testament, Fuller Theological Seminary; author, Matthew (Word Biblical Commentary)

“Fanning and Bock have compiled an all-star cast of lucid writers on exegetical method with like-minded writers illustrating good interpretations of texts and themes. It’s really two books for the price of one, with each made better by the other!”
Craig L. Blomberg, Distinguished Professor of New Testament, Denver Seminary

“This excellent collection of essays provides a solid foundation for all whose goal is to hear and obey God’s Word.”
Mark L. Strauss, Professor of New Testament, Bethel Seminary San Diego

“A tool that takes you into the best New Testament classrooms for the simple price of one volume.”
David Wyrtzen, Adjunct Professor for Doctor of Ministry Studies, Dallas Theological Seminary; Pastor Emeritus, Midlothian Bible Church

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