- Paperback: 194 pages
- Publisher: Westminster John Knox Pr; Revised edition (August 1993)
- Language: English
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Fee starts the book with a description of the full Inductive Bible Study Method (Inductive Bible study is the purest form of study, that allows the text to decide what you believe, where 90% of the preaching and teaching today is deductive - where you are looking at a character, subject or theme and look for Bible texts that will support what you are looking for).
In Chapter I. Guide for Full Exegesis, the author breaks down the process from beginning to end with specialized sections designed to help those who are studying the various types of Scriptures that require special consideration (the Epistles, Narratives, the Book of Acts, and the Book of Revelation).
In Chapter II. Exegesis and the Original Text, Fee walks you through the process of analyzing and utilizing the various tools and strategies to understand what the original text says and means. Even if you are not studied in Greek there is so much of what Fee shares in this section that will expand your Biblical horizon and help you better grasp the whole process of Bible study (and might just entice you to decide to undertake learning Greek yourself :-) )
In Chapter III. Short Guide for Sermon Exegesis, expounds on the Exegetical Task, and how to move from Exegesis to Sermon.
In Chapter IV. Aids and Resources for the Steps in Exegesis, Fee provides a list of recommended resources and tools that will help you on each rung of the exegetical ladder on the way to Biblical studentship and discipleship. He provides tools to assist in studying:
Historical Context in General
Establishing the Limits of the Passage
Paragraph overview/Provisional Translation
How to do Sentence Flow or Diagram
How to launch out into effective Textual Criticism
Historical Context in Particular
The Narrative Context
How to Choose the Best Commentaries (not all commentaries are created equal - in fact most commentaries actually work against a proper exegesis and application of the Bible) - Fee shows you which type you should use
Proper modern Application.
The aids and resources in Chapter IV alone are worth many times the cost of the book!!!
My wife and I are certified facilitators for leading and training others in the art of Inductive Bible Study. We teach and train in live venues and via live webinars. New Testament Exegesis: A Handbook for Students and Pastors should be on the desk (and on the Kindle) of everyone who desires to study and to teach the Word of God for the purpose of changing lives.
That's my story and I am sticking to it!
This book's target audience is an academic one whose end to exegesis will be a paper (or an expository sermon), but as a layman I have found it to be extremely helpful, even indispensable, in my exegetical endeavors to better learn and therefore accurately apply the Word of God. Also, the book is written primarily for those who know Greek (I do not know enough to even be dangerous); however, in the new edition Fee has made the attempt to provide alternative exercises (such as compare many different versions and maybe use a textual commentary to try to determine as close as possible the original) for the English only student.
CHAPTER 1: Guide for Full Exegesis
Chapter 1 basically organized in outline form, providing first the "initial steps for all genres," first naming the major exegetical step that must be performed and then providing more and more detailed information and guidance on each step. Then moving past the steps that are the same for all genres, Fee gives the steps necessary for various genres (i.e. Epistles, Gospels, Revelation, etc). Finally the chapter ends with a section on moving from interpretation to application.
CHAPTER 2: Exegesis and the Original Text
Also arranged in outline format with the following sections (1) Structural Analysis, (2) Establishing the Text, (3) Analysis of Grammer, (4) Analysis of Words, (5) Historical-Cultural Background, and (6) Analysis of Pericope. Just as in the other chapters, the outline works from very general headings and general paragraphs of information to very specific and technical subheadings.
CHAPTER 3: Short Guide for Sermon Exegesis
I find myself often in Chatper 3 as I study as Fee uses this chapter to show how good, solid exegesis will move into the most powerful, Word-filled sermons. If you teach from the Word (as a pastor, small group leader, youth group leader, whatever) I recommend this book and this chapter in addition to Rediscovering Expository Preaching by MacArthur et al.
CHAPTER 4: AIDS & RESOURCES FOR THE STEPS IN EXEGESIS
Fees ends in referring the student to othe very useful resources organized by type.
I would be amiss if I did not address the one downside to this book which I believe is the temptation to "do the steps" and skip the prayer, the heartsearching, the repentance, the awe, the worship. An unregenerate person can "do the steps" and if done responsibly come up with an exegetical position, maybe even a correct one. We cannot know God through human wisdom (1 Cor 1:21). Fee mentions this temptation, but it is by no means the focus of the book, nor should it be. The temptation to be purely academic in Bible study is a great one, and a "how to" book on the subject could propagate this error in some. However the book should not be condemned simply because the method of presentation (which is a highly effective one) could be taken by the cold hearts of some to their folly. Rather, understand the evil of your own heart which is always beside you (Romans 7:21), crucify your flesh, repent where necessary, and seek the truth of God which is found in the Bible with a disciplined, passionate fervor. It is in this final endeavor that "New Testament Exegesis" is invaluable.
Finally, if you use Libronix Digital Library System, I would STRONGLY recommend you go ahead and buy this along with Stuart's Old Testament Exegesis book for Logos. If not you will find yourself with a dog-eared and bookmarked book as you flip back and forth as Fee makes extensive use of referencing other portions of his text.