A network of highly cohesive details reveals the truth.

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Exegetitor is born

Well, I think it's time to start a blog. I certainly can't get over this strange feeling I'm talking to no one. However, perhaps eventually, there will be others. Anyway, hello to the great out there.

What I want to accomplish with Exegetitor is fairly straightforward. I've felt for some time that exegesis of the New Testament text is hampered by an uninformed (or even ill-informed) understanding of how communication works. That is not to say that the baby should be thrown out with the bath water. The mechanics of exegesis as taught in books like Gordon Fee's " New Testament Exegesis" are quite good. Instead, it's to highlight that Biblical exegesis is too focused on the details. Details are important, we need to observe and understand how a genitive relates to its head noun, for example; but, I think what is missing is a clear understanding of how those details get connected within what I suppose should be called a communication event.

The audience for this blog, if it ever has one, will be the serious Bible student. However, I want it accessible to a wide variety of people. Topics, at least as they relate to exegesis, will include things like Relevance Theory, Pragmatics versus Semantics, issues related to Bible translation, and many, many others. But, I want the substance of these topics to be communicated. I very much hope to make it practical, too. That is, I want to take large texts and work through the exegesis. I'm thinking of doing James first, since I think many understand it as a somewhat loose list of proverbs. It's actually a very cohesive letter.

Lastly, and most importantly, I want the authority of the Bible to be upheld. My prayer is that God would be honored and who he really is clearly communicated.


Blogger Owen said...

I'm looking forward to what you have to say in your blog. I think there is a lot that needs to be delved into as far as the New Testament is concerned and I am interested in your interpretations!

1:52 PM  
Blogger Whitney said...

I am also looking forward to future entries by you. Thank you for taking the time to do this. I am sure you'll help a lot of people.

2:06 PM  
Blogger oneseeks said...

Okay....an AMBITIOUS undertaking to say the least. My respect and admiration for even attempting it.

I will check back often, as I too have felt that the TRUE meaning of GOD has been lost in translation. I seriously doubt however that ANYTHING can be proven using a flawed source...The BIBLE as we now have it. Jehovah's Witnesses have ALREADY attempted that...

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Blogger Jim said...

Welcome aboard the biblioblogger boat... (or whatever it is). ;-)

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Blogger Benjamin Pehrson said...

Benjamin Pehrson said...
Good choice with the letter of James. The pendulum of scholarly opinion has seemed to have swung to the conclusion that James does exhibit some kind of cohesive structure and overarching theme. But the conclusions are as numerous as the proposals. I look forward to the blog.

12:08 AM  
Blogger Tim said...

Welcome! I'll look forward to what you write...

3:57 PM  
Anonymous Mike said...

Looks like you have a good number of readers...and you just gained one more.


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