The Elements of Biblical Exegesis: A Basic Guide for Ministers and Students
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The Elements of Biblical Exegesis: A Basic Guide for Ministers and Students

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Elements of Biblical Exegesis: A Basic Guide for Students and Ministers presents the essential elements of sound exegetical method in a succinct and incisive way. Designed for students, teachers, pastors, and others wishing to think and write about the Bible carefully, this brief hands-on guide incorporates insights from the field of biblical interpretation into its straig...more
Paperback, 230 pages
Published March 19th 2001 by Hendrickson Publishers Inc (first published November 1st 2000)
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Marlon Myburgh
Gorman’s intent behind this book I believe is to equip as many people as possible, irrespective of their theological background, whether layperson, theological student, or minister, with the tools necessary to do careful exegesis of Biblical text in order to avoid misinterpretation and misapplication of scripture.

The main idea Gorman shows is that during your reading of the Bible, you will find passages that are nearly impossible to understand and others that you think you understand. The fact...more
I am preparing to write an exegetical paper for my Greek Exegesis class at college. This book was recommended to me by my professor and other students (who used it for Greek II--since I transferred in from another school, my Greek II wasn't the same curriculum they had.) It is well written and very easy to read (which was a relief since I haven't yet written anything exegetical.) In fact, you don't even need to know Greek to get anything out of it! The vocabulary isn't overly technical and is ea...more
Richard Fitzgerald
This is an excellent guide for writing an exegetical paper. The principles covered are useful for preachers and any person who studies the biblical text. I especially appreciate how the author doesn't discard the useful tools historical-critical interpreters have given us, but does break the bondage of an essentially atheistic worldview perpetuated by historical-critical biblical scholarship.
I would not have actually read this book had it not been required in a class I was in. I am very glad that I did read it. It presents clear step to sound exegetical principles and the reader actually feels she is empowered to exegete to a small degree after reading and studying the book!
This books includes lots of practical advice for conducting formal exegesis of a biblical text. Even if you don't intend to write a formal exegesis paper any time soon, get it for the excellent bibliography.
I sleep with it under my pillow at night. Excellent reference. I love this book.
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