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Prima Scriptura: An Introduction to New Testament Interpretation

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This introduction to New Testament exegesis proceeds from the preparation of the interpreter through analysis of the text to appropriation in the community.
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Published April 1st 2011 by Baker Academic
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Devin Morris
Mar 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Croy is of the Wesleyan tradition and ultimately reveals this in the latter part of the book as to show that tradition, reason, and (lesser so) experience all play a part in ones hermeneutic. “Prima Scriptura” agrees with “sola scriptura” in every way, yet recognizes these other three ancillary tools of interpretation.
I have read Virkler and Ayayo, Hayes and Holiday, McKenzie and Hayes, and Osborne’s books on hermeneutics - and Croy is my favorite. While not nearly as thorough as Osborne, Croy
Ron W.
Feb 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although I am not a Bible scholar, I did pick this book up after completing a Masters degree in Religion. I found it very helpful in learning how to read the New Testament in its proper context without having to go through all the process of learning 1st century Greek. I recommend this book to anyone wishing to engage in any real interpretation and insight into the gospels at an introductory level.
Paul Dubuc
I've read a few introductions to New Testament study and interpretation. I can't imagine one being better than this one. Written as a seminary text book, it should also be quite valuable to, and essential reading for, anyone who teaches or preaches from the Bible, or who wishes to seriously study it and apply its teaching in individual and community life. Certainly anyone in this position or with this intent should understand the things that this book explains about interpreting the New Testamen ...more
Clint Boyd
Feb 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
One of two required readings (of this type) for Advanced New Testament Exegesis. The other was Blomberg's handbook. Both are great. Croy takes on a more casual, engaging tone, and is very helpful. I recommend reading both. Prima Scriptura is obviously titled to take a jab at Sola Scriptura, the notion the Reformers named such to show their allegiance to scripture over tradition. Well, says Croy, that's great, but tradition too plays an important role in obtaining and understanding the canon, so ...more
Nov 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An outstanding introduction to exegesis

If you are about the process of learning NT exegesis, you could choose no better and more balanced account. This is not a liberationist text, but evangelical and progressive (and progressive evangelical) interpreters will find much wealth here.

This is best for readers who have elementary facility with NT Greek.
Aug 25, 2011 rated it liked it
Useful, helpful, exceptionally dry - all words that sum up this book. It is for all intents and purposes a text book and reads as such. It reminds me a lot of books I used in homiletics courses and does a good job at it. It its however not compelling reading.
Daniel Crouch
May 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an excellent introduction to hermeneutics that contains interesting discussions often neglected in interpretive primers.
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