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New Testament Exegesis: A Handbook for Students and Pastors

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Building on the belief that the task of exegesis is to understand the divine-human intention locked within the biblical text, Gordon Fee provides a lucid step-by-step analysis of exegetical procedures that has made "New Testament Exegesis" a standard textbook for nearly two decades. Now more than ever, with an updated, newly integrated bibliography and an appendix directly ...more
Paperback, Third Edition, 224 pages
Published February 1st 2002 by Westminster John Knox Press
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New Testament Exegesis: A Handbook for Students and Pastors by Gordon D. Fee

What is exegesis as defined by Fee?

"The term exegesis is used in this book in a consciously limited sense to refer to the historical investigation into the meaning of the biblical text. The presupposition lying behind this task is that the biblical books had 'authors' and 'readers,' and that the authors intended their readers to understand what they wrote (see, e.g., 1 Cor. 5:9-11; 1 John 2:1; see the Appendix). Exeg
I used this book in undergrad as a basis for a research paper in my 2nd year (koine) Greek class, and it was an excellent resource.

This book is great for anyone learning how to do New Testament exegesis, whether for a paper or for 'real life', though it has a more scholarly bent in my memory. It shows students how powerful the tool of translation can be in exegesis. Very straightforward. I would recommend this book and Osborne's The Hermeneutical Spiral (as classics, anyway––there might be bette
This book is exactly what you would expect. A Handbook for Students and Pastors. It reads like a detailed outline and does an excellent job acquainting the reader with the top tools necessary for working through the different steps of exegetical inquiry. I was impressed with the portion on BDAG and learned that I have not been using BDAG to its fullest potential since acquiring it. I very much appreciated the abridged Sermon Preparation chapter which Fee includes. The only thing that would make ...more
The book is an excellent tool for understanding the process of mining the original text. I do want to be careful not to criticize the book for something it is not, but it provides a 'guide to sermon exegesis' which spends about three pages on bridging from the ancient horizon the modern one. Much more attention is needed in what is the most significant part of hermeneutics, spanning the ancient horizon to the modern one. The 'sermon guide' is woefully inadequate in that regard.
Dec 19, 2012 Greg rated it 4 of 5 stars
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This is a nice concise book that covers the process of doing an exegesis of a New Testament pericope. Like the companion volume on the Old Testament by Stuart, the book begins with reconstructing the text all the way through translation and historical and theological context. It finishes with a guide on preparing a sermon to apply a 1st Century text to modern day. It has a slightly more concise recommended reading section than Stuart's book, which is welcome.
William Rodriguez
Muy práctico y accesible para todos los ministros y estudiantes de la Biblia. Ha sido mi compañero fiel en mis horas de preparación de sermones y conferencias y, últimametne, en mis clases de Maestría en Divinidad.

Very practical and accesible to all ministers and seminary students. It has been my partner during preparation time for sermons and conferences as well as for the Master in Divinity classes
Joel Dougherty
I found this book helpful. It includes a useful section built around sermon preparation, which is a great summary of the rest of the content, tooled especially for pastors. The structure of the book is relatively difficult to get used to.
A little book that I'll be referring to over and over again. Great step by step directions for putting together an exegesis, whether based on Greek or English, and a good chapter on moving from exegesis to sermon.
Jacob Aitken
It would have been better if it had been more of a manual. Even better still, it would have been more useful had it actually walked the student through the mechanics of doing an actual exegesis paper.
Talbot Course: Introduction to Exegesis

Keep in mind that this is a "Handbook". It's excellent for what it's supposed to do. Very practical. Besides, FEE is the man!
A bit mechanical and far from exhaustive, but even the best pedagogical tools are generalized guidelines for establishing good habits. This is one such good tool.
A great resource for sermon prep. Outlines the basic steps needed to get you started and the resources to get you on your way. Recommended.
Morena Caleb
The book was a tremendous help to me when I was studying ion the seminary. There are good points that I use in my every day Bible study.
Matthew Jones
Aug 09, 2007 Matthew Jones rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in NT Exegesis.
Very helpful book! Anyone who is interested in NT Exegesis, this book is a must have.
Bill Tillman
Exegesis is an area where helpis needed. One of the best.
Marvin Brown
Excellent tool! Definitley need to keep handy.
Tyler Hurst
Helpful guide for students and young pastors.
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Gordon Fee is Professor Emeritus of New Testament at Regent College, where he taught for sixteen years. His teaching experience also includes serving schools in Washington, California, Kentucky, as well as Wheaton College in Illinois (five years) and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Massachusetts (twelve years).

Gordon Fee is a noted New Testament scholar, having published several books and
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