New Testament Interpretation: Essays on Principles and Methods

Essays on New Testament Interpretation
Essays on New Testament Interpretation

In 1977 Howard Marshall edited a collection of essays on New Testament interpretation contributed by some of the best Evangelical scholars in the UK, many of whom have since gone to their reward, including Marshall himself. The volume has proved to be of enduring value to students, particularly F.F Bruce’s masterful summary of the history of New Testament study. All of the essays are available for free download, thanks to the kind permission of Paternoster Press. Click on the individual articles to download.

I. Howard Marshall, ed. New Testament Interpretation: Essays on Principles and Methods. Carlisle: The Paternoster Press, 1977, revised 1979, 1985. Pbk. pp.406.


Editor’s Foreword

Introduction – I. Howard Marshall

Part I – The Background To Interpretation II

The History of New Testament Study – F.F. Bruce

Presuppositions in New Testament Criticism – Graham N. Stanton

Part II – The Use of Critical Methods in Interpretation

Semantics and New Testament Interpretation – Anthony C. Thiselton

Questions of Introduction – Donald Guthrie

The Religious Background – John W. Drane

Historical Criticism – I. Howard Marshall

Source Criticism – David Wenham

Form Criticism – Stephen H. Travis

Tradition History – David R. Catchpole

Redaction Criticism – Stephen S. Smalley

Part III – The Task of Exegesis XII

How the New Testament Uses the Old – E. Earle Ellis

Approaches To New Testament Exegesis – Ralph P. Martin

Exegesis in Practice: Two Examples – R.T. France

Demythologising – The Problem of Myth in the New Testament – James D.G. Dunn

The New Hermeneutic – Anthony C. Thiselton

The Authority of the New Testament – Robin Nixon

Expounding the New Testament – John Goldingay



Francis Lyall on Roman Law in the Writings of Paul

The following article is now available on-line in PDF.

Francis Lyall, “Roman Law in the Writings of Paul – Aliens and Citizens,” Evangelical Quarterly 48.1 (Jan.-Mar. 1976): 3-14.

My thanks to Professor Lyall for his kind permission. The themes explored in this article are developed more fully in Francis Lyall, Slaves, Citizens, Sons. Legal Metaphors in the Epistles. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1984. Pbk. ISBN: 0310451914. pp.288.

Articles listing from Tribute to Bruce Winter now available

I have just uploaded the details of the articles (not the article themselves) from the 2004 Tribute to Bruce Winter:

P.J. Williams, Andrew D. Clarke, Peter M. Head & David Instone-Brewer, eds., The New Testament in Its First Century Setting. Essays on Context and Background in Honour of B.W. Winter on His 65th Birthday. Grand Rapids / Cambridge: Eerdmans, 2004. Hbk. ISBN: 0802828345. pp.335.

One that caught my eye that the contribution by Conrad Gempf.

“Before Paul Arrived in Corinth: The Mission Strategies in 1 Corinthians 2:2 and Acts 17” (pp.126-142)

The article responds to the suggestion made by William Ramsay in 1895 that Paul changed his mission strategy after his “failure” to win large numbers of converts in Athens. The argument goes that he renounced the use of intellectual arguments and resolved to preach only the message of the cross when he arrived in Corinth. There have been relatively few responses to this argument, the most significant being that of Ned Stonehouse in 1949.

It is good to see this old chestnut – so often used as an argument for an anti-intellectual approach to the Gospel – laid to rest. The difference in the two evangelistic techniques should be seen not as a change of strategy, but as examples of Paul’s flexibility in dealing with varied cultural contexts. Well worth a read.