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Prima Scriptura: An Introduction to New Testament Interpretation
Croy, N. Clayton

Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2011 pp. 272. $24.99

Description: This engaging introduction to New Testament exegesis will appeal to seminarians and undergraduates across the spectrum. Clayton Croy, the author of a successful Greek textbook and an expert on biblical-studies pedagogy, provides an accessible, holistic overview of the entire interpretive process. He argues that while Scripture occupies a place of primary importance in guiding faith and life, it does not do so in a vacuum. It operates in conjunction with two thousand years of Christian tradition, Spirit-guided human reason, and experience. Scripture's authority is therefore primary but not exclusive. 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. Prima Scriptura 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. Professors and students in exegesis and hermeneutics courses will value this work.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Literature

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Review by Craig Blomberg
Published 9/5/2012
Citation: Craig Blomberg, review of N. Clayton Croy, Prima Scriptura: An Introduction to New Testament Interpretation, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2012).

Review by Valeriy A. Alikin
Published 10/15/2015
Citation: Valeriy A. Alikin, review of N. Clayton Croy, Prima Scriptura: An Introduction to New Testament Interpretation, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2015).

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