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Interpreting the General Letters: An Exegetical Handbook
Bateman IV, Herbert W.

Grand Rapds: Kregel, 2013 pp. 315. $29.99

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Handbooks for New Testament Exegesis



Description: This handbook is designed as a step-by-step approach for analyzing and communicating eight letters of the New Testament: Hebrews, James, the Petrine Letters, the Johannine Letters, and Jude. Interpreting the General Letters provides important background material for the interpretation of these books by exploring the types and component parts of letter writing, the importance of an amanuensis; the historical background of the Greco-Roman world, and implications of each of these factors for interpreting the general letters. This foundation is followed by a discussion of the theology of the general letters. Specific consideration is given to the era of promise in Hebrew Scriptures, the era of fulfillment as underscored in the general letters, and how the theology of each letter contributes to the overall canon of Scripture. Finally, Bateman provides nine steps that move from interpretation to communication: three steps for preparing to interpret the letters, three for interpreting, and finally three for communicating the letters. All explanations include examples in order to develop a studentís or pastorís skills for accurate interpretation and convicting communication of Godís Word.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Johannine Literature, 1 John, 2 John, 3 John, Hebrews and Catholic Epistles, Literature

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Review by Brian C. Small
Published 6/26/2015
Citation: Brian C. Small, review of Herbert W. Bateman IV, Interpreting the General Letters: An Exegetical Handbook, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2015).


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