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2 The Task and Method of Exegesis

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Exegesis is the basic discipline, not only of New Testament (NT) studies, but of theology. The history of the interpretation of the NT shows that the relationship between exegesis and theology has not always been discerned clearly. It is the purpose of this book to contribute to the interpretation of the NT both from the standpoint of method and from the standpoint of the history of the interpretation of the NT. This chapter attempts to contribute to obtaining a clearer perspective of the task of exegesis, and through advancing considerations for a methodology for the exegesis of the NT. Any exegesis has to begin with a study of the textual variants, and a textual base has to be arrived at through application of the accepted canons of textual criticism.

Keywords: exegesis; New testament (NT) studies; textual criticism



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