This is a concise and accessible introduction by Paula Gooder, with short essays by over 20 specialists in their fields, to the interpretation of the New Testament.
Each chapter follows the same outline:
- What is this method?
- History and development
- Landmark publications
- A worked example
- Conclusion and evaluation
The 'methods' are gathered into three areas:
- From event to text (behind the text) - how did we get the text of scripture that we have?
- Text (within the text) - how do we understand the actual words of the text
- From text to reader (in front of the text) - criticism and interpretation from a number of varying 'standpoints'; these are not so much methods as ways of viewing the text using a variety of the methods set out in the first two sections.
In this book you can learn about - or refresh your understanding of - everything from form and source criticism through narrative and structural criticism to reader-response, feminist, liberation, black and ecological criticism.