- Paperback: 253 pages
- Publisher: Baylor University Press; 1st Ed. edition (August 26, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1602580693
- ISBN-13: 978-1602580695
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 18 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #669,360 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Leithart is a very fine reader of the biblical text as is evident from his ever-deeper reading and re-reading of Jn 9... Leithart's project has significant value and potential for his intended audience."―Seamus O'Connell, Journal for the Study of the New Testament
"To understand the scripture for yourself is a marvelous thing. Deep Exegesis: The Mystery of Reading Scripture is a biblical study that focuses on the nature of reading scripture for oneself. Peter Leithart hopes to inspire readers to take up the study themselves, open their eyes, and realize Jesus's words for themselves, instead of through a filter like many simply accept. Deep Exegesis comes with a powerful encouragement for personal theology, very much recommended."―Midwest Book Review
"Everyone interested in understanding the Bible (and what Christian isn't!) should read this book..."―Greg Peters, Assistant Professor of Medieval and Spiritual Theology, Biola University, The Scriptorium
"Magnificent. Leithart displays his extraordinary ability to make interpretation exciting."―Matthew Levering, Associate Professor of Theology, Ave Maria University
"... an insightful and fresh contribution to the field of biblical hermeneutics."―Samuel Emadi, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Midwestern Journal of Theology
"A wonderful book. Drawing on his wide reading, Peter Leithart builds up a way of exploring the depths of meaning to be found in the scriptural text. Christians of all stripes will find this an inspiring and utterly accessible work."―Andrew Louth, Professor of Patristic and Byzantine Studies, Durham University
"As a biblical reader of profound insight, Peter Leithart has long cultivated the practice of exegesis. His depth of experience as a reader gives these hermeneutical reflections an authority and nuance one rarely finds in our theory-saturated age."―R.R. Reno, Professor of Theological Ethics, Creighton University, and Features Editor of First Things
"... a sustained, often playful, and sometimes brilliantly provocative attempt to undo the dichotomy between the Scripture's formal husk and its material kernel.... Deep Exegesis is a treasure trove of hermeneutical reflection by a master craftsman. It will repay careful reading, by scholars as well as students."―Wesley Hill, Books & Culture
"Deep Exegesis is a clear, optimistic, and well-written book, with wide-spanning and interdisciplinary implications."―The Christian Scholar's Review
"Deep Exegesis is a scandalously fun read and a welcome invitation to take a second look at the way we read Scripture."―The Expository Times
About the Author
Peter J. Leithart is Adjunct Senior Fellow of Theology at New Saint Andrews College and President of Trinity House Institute for Biblical, Liturgical, and Cultural Studies. He is the author of more than twenty books, including, Gratitude: An Intellectual History (2014). He lives in Moscow, Idaho, where he serves as pastor of Trinity Reformed Church.
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In six chapters with titles like "Words are Players" and "Texts are Music," Leithart not only uncovers the exegetical methods of Jesus and Paul, but he shows his readers how to follow their path by ending each chapter with relevant insights on John 9. In the process, Leithart relates Biblical interpretation to the interpretation of literature outside the Bible, offers withering criticism of Biblical critics, discloses serious flaws in conventional hermeneutical wisdom, teaches us the music of the Biblical text, and, most importantly, shows how all Scripture is about Christ. Leithart does this all with penetrating theological insight, wry humor, and even more than his customary eloquence. I literary could not put the book down.
If there is only one book you read on Biblical interpretation, this should be the book. It is too well written and profound to be considered a "textbook," but it is so full of insight and such a delight to read that a kind professor might give his students a break and assign them a book that would be sheer pleasure. Anyone serious about reading the Bible and looking for guidance in reading not only deeply, but in a manner that is faithful to the Bible as Holy Scripture should read Leithart's Deep Exegesis.
His more theoretical delineation of hermeneutics does not connect persuasively to the close readings and for many readers is best ignored. It is too limited in analytic clarity and rigor to prepare a grounding for the close readings. (For an especially jarring example, note the tendentious implied definitions of exegesis and eisegesis on which much of the argument is based.)
Nor do close readings require theoretical hermeneutic justification.
John Ciardi (briefly mentioned on page 86 passim) makes many of Leithart's points (e.g., about the ways etymology is present and active even when it is no longer available to most readers' and writers' consciousnesses) more compellingly than Leithart--and with less special pleading. If Deep Exegesis interests you, try Ciardi's How a Poem Means.
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