In conversing with someone at Baker Academic, I discovered that the title seems to scare some away. Why? This is an excellent title, and concept, rescued away from erroneous use.
In this volume an expert teacher of the Bible provides an introduction to New Testament exegesis that will appeal to students across the spectrum. Clayton Croy begins with the preparation of the interpreter, proceeds to analysis of the text, and concludes with appropriation of the message of Scripture in the context of modern faith communities. He combines a step-by-step plan for historical exegesis with substantive discussion of broader hermeneutical issues. The book interacts with recent scholarship and is academically rigorous but is written in an engaging style, incorporating anecdotes, humor, scriptural illustrations, and examples of the practical payoff of disciplined interpretation. Each chapter includes discussion questions and suggestions for further reading.
I’ve already started to read the introduction. Croy begins by referring back to the 2005 SBL resolution on biblical values. So far… so good.