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Deep Exegesis: The Mystery of Reading Scripture
Leithart, Peter J.

Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2009 pp. viii+254. $29.95



Description: Seeking to train readers to hear all that is being said within a written text, Peter Leithart advocates a hermeneutics of the letter that is not rigidly literalist and looks to learn to readnot just the Bible, but everything--from Jesus and Paul. Thus Deep Exegesis explores the nature of reading itselftaking clues from Jesus and Paul on the meaning of meaning, the functions of language, and proper modes of interpretation. By looking (and listening) closely, and by including passages from the Bible and other literary sources, Leithart aims to do for the text what Jesus did for the blind man in John 9: to make new by opening eyes. The book is a powerful invitation to enter the depths of a text.

Subjects: Methods, Literary Approaches, Hermeneutics

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Review by Matthew Gordley
Published 3/12/2010
Citation: Matthew Gordley, review of Peter J. Leithart, Deep Exegesis: The Mystery of Reading Scripture, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2010).


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