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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 a ...more
Paperback, Third Edition, 224 pages
Published February 1st 2002 by Westminster John Knox Press
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Oct 02, 2012 Jeff rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 08, 2008 Becca rated it really liked it
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
Не е лошо това ръководство, но за България е по-слабо приложимо. Авторът разяснява как да се използват много други пособия за работа с текста. Българските издатели са се постарали да дадат заглавията на някои помагала на български, но са крайно недостатъчни. Всичките упътвания за това как да се използват конкретни други книги, са непотребни, освен в случай, че не бъдат набавени (най-вече от чужбина). Ако живеех в САЩ и четях някое от изданията на английски, вероятно щях да добавя още една звезди ...more
Joel Dougherty
Sep 07, 2010 Joel Dougherty rated it liked it
Shelves: hermeneutics
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.
Jan 27, 2017 Lindsey rated it it was amazing
Fee clearly means for you to work through the process of exegesis while following along in the book (thus, "handbook") and his process chart is very helpful for doing this especially in showing similarities/differences between genre. The best part of this book, though, is that he offers Greek and English "tracks." So for someone like me who cannot study in the original Greek, he gives alternate steps to "compensate" and further resources to help you overcome not having a grasp of the original Gr ...more
Mar 12, 2014 Trevor rated it really liked it
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
Mar 08, 2012 Matthew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
William Rodriguez
May 30, 2008 William Rodriguez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 21, 2012 Greg rated it really liked it
Shelves: bible
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.
Ian Hammond
Nov 17, 2016 Ian Hammond rated it really liked it
Helpful to me mainly because it is the only book that I have read like it. I'd really like to check out other works like this one. I found the big picture portion of the book hard to follow and the zoomed in a little confusing. Nevertheless, this may be a problem with the reader and not the writer in this case.
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.
Jul 29, 2011 Jeff rated it really liked it
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.
Abigail Ludwig
I read this for a class I'm not. I don't think it's super applicable to me, but it was interesting enough, I guess
May 17, 2007 Don rated it really liked it
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!
Morena Caleb
Aug 28, 2012 Morena Caleb rated it really liked it
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.
Oct 02, 2012 Brock rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bible-general
1.1 - Hermeneutics

Marvin Brown
Jan 31, 2009 Marvin Brown rated it it was amazing
Excellent tool! Definitley need to keep handy.
Tyler Hurst
Jun 16, 2013 Tyler Hurst rated it liked it
Helpful guide for students and young pastors.
Jun 24, 2013 Charlie rated it really liked it
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.
Feb 10, 2010 Shep rated it really liked it
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.
Bill Tillman
Feb 05, 2010 Bill Tillman rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian, theology
Exegesis is an area where helpis needed. One of the best.
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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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