"Packed with useful resources, this book is what ministerial and doctoral students need and what their exegesis teachers have been looking for."--Susan R. Garrett, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary
This engaging introduction to New Testament exegesis will appeal to seminarians and undergraduates across the spectrum. Clayton Croy, the author of a successful Greek textbook and an expert on biblical-studies pedagogy, provides an accessible, holistic overview of the entire interpretive process. He argues that while Scripture occupies a place of primary importance in guiding faith and life, it does not do so in a vacuum. It operates in conjunction with two thousand years of Christian tradition, Spirit-guided human reason, and experience. Scripture's authority is therefore primary but not exclusive. Croy begins with the preparation of the interpreter, proceeds to analysis of the text, and concludes with appropriation of the message of Scripture in the context of modern faith communities. He combines a step-by-step plan for historical exegesis with substantive discussion of broader hermeneutical issues.
Prima Scriptura interacts with recent scholarship and is academically rigorous but is written in an engaging style, incorporating anecdotes, humor, scriptural illustrations, and examples of the practical payoff of disciplined interpretation. Each chapter includes discussion questions and suggestions for further reading. Professors and students in exegesis and hermeneutics courses will value this work.
Introduction: Definitions, Theoretical Issues, and Preview of the Method
1. Analyzing and Preparing the Interpreter
2. Analyzing the Text
3. Evaluating and Contemporizing the Text
4. Appropriating the Text and Transforming the Community
Appendix 1: Sample Exegesis Paper--"Jesus on Probation" (Luke 4: 1-13)
Appendix 2: Sample Exegetical Brief--Hebrews 1:1-4
Appendix 3: Pictograph of Philippians
Appendix 4: Pictograph of 2 Corinthians
Appendix 5: Chart of the Gospel of Mark
Appendix 6: Nestle Aland27 and UBS4 Comparison Chart
Appendix 7: In the Laboratory with Agassiz