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New Testament Greek Exegesis

This guide highlights essential sources for New Testament exegesis.

Exegetical Method (3 of 3): Interpretation

  • Consult Commentaries and Academic Journals for contextual interpretation
    • Determining “when” to consult a commentary is rather difficult. Some professors differ.
    • Consult commentaries and articles after interacting with the grammar, syntax, and discourse features of a text. This will aid how you interact with secondary literature.
    • Using a commentary will aid your process by making you aware of interpretive problems, demonstrating alternative positions, and providing further insight to exegetical questions.
  • Consult New Testament biblical theology books for theological integration.
    • Providing a verse-by-verse analysis is only part of the exegetical process.
    • Detailed analysis of the text will assist in constructing a whole bible theology but the exegete must put forth the effort to answer how the smaller parts relate to the greater whole, and vice-versa.
  • What is the History of Interpretation?
    • Observing how a given text has been interpreted throughout history will assist readers discover the meaning of texts.
    • Locating interpretive traditions can serve as boandaries for valid readings. 

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