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A Handbook to Old Testament Exegesis
Brown, William P.

Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2017 pp. xv + 363. $35.00


Description: Designed for both Hebrew and non-Hebrew students, A Handbook to Old Testament Exegesis offers a fresh, hands-on introduction to exegesis of the Old Testament. William P. Brown begins not with the biblical text itself but with the reader, helping students to identify their own interpretive lenses before engaging the biblical text. Brown guides the student through a wide variety of interpretive approaches, including modern methodologies―feminist, womanist, Latino/a, queer, postcolonial, disability, and ecological approaches―alongside more traditional methods. This allows students to critically reflect on themselves as bona fide interpreters. While covering a wide range of biblical passages, Brown also highlights two common biblical texts throughout the work to help show how each interpretive approach highlights different dimensions of the same texts. Students will appreciate the value of an empathetic inquiry of Scripture that is both inclusive of others and textually in-depth.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Form, Tradition and Redaction Criticism, Literary Approaches, Theological Approaches, Theological Interpretation

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Review by Douglas Stuart
Published 3/7/2019
Citation: Douglas Stuart, review of William P. Brown, A Handbook to Old Testament Exegesis, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2019).


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