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Biblical Exegesis in the Apostolic Period

Richard N. Longenecker (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1975, 1999)

Blurb Review by Andreas J. Köstenberger


This is an excellent and important book. The title maybe doesn't make it as clear as it could that it's basically about the NT use of the OT and this second and fully updated edition is a great resource to own. The discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Nag Hammadi texts, and new Targums has greatly increased scholarly interest in the relationship between the New Testament and first-century Judaism. This critically acclaimed study by Longenecker sheds light on this relationship by exploring the methods earliest Christians used to interpret the Old Testament. By comparing the first Christian writings with Jewish documents from the same period, Longenecker helps to discern both the key differences between Christianity and Judaism and the Judaic roots of the Christian faith.


Preface to the Second Edition
1. Jewish Hermeneutics in the First Century
2. Jesus and the Old Testament
3. Early Christian Preaching and the Old Testament
4. Paul and the Old Testament
5. The Evangelists and the Old Testament
6. Hebrews and the Old Testament
7. Jewish Christian Tractates and the Old Testament
8. The Nature of New Testament Exegesis

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