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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.

I. Howard Marshall, ed. New Testament Interpretation: Essays on Principles and Methods. Carlisle: The Paternoster Press, 1977, revised 1979, 1985. Pbk. pp.406. [Click here to visit the download page for this title]


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



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  1. Eddie Constantinescu – Taunton, UK – I am a missionary to S Asia. I love Asians and I want to serve the Lord with and through them.
    Eddie says:

    very much indebted Rob… THANK YOU! This is really heavenly mannah

  2. Dr. Mark A. Ellis – Rio de Janeiro, RJ--Brazil – Sou missionário emeritus da IMB, dividindo meu ministério magistral entre várias faculdades, seminários e outros ministérios no Brasil. I'm an emeritus IMB missionary, serving in theological education, dividing my time between various seminaries and churches in Brazil.
    Dr. Mark A. Ellis says:

    Thank you, Rob. Could you put them all into one pdf?

    1. Not easily or quickly, as some chapters are hand-OCRed whilst others are scans.

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