Searching for Meaning: An Introduction to Interpreting the New Testament

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In this clear, comprehensive, student-friendly textbook, biblical scholar and teacher Paula Gooder describes and illustrates the range of approaches to interpreting the New Testament, as taught in universities and seminaries throughout the English-speaking world. Top scholars give a short definition of a particular criticism, and then Gooder gives a practical example to demonstrate how that criticism can be applied to a biblical text. A very broad range of methods is introduced, from traditional criticisms such as source criticism and historical criticism to more modern methods such as feminist criticism and liberation criticism. Readers will understand how different meanings and emphases can be drawn from a text depending upon the method of interpretation chosen. They will also be given the skills to start analyzing and examining texts for themselves in a meaningful and insightful way.

'In this excellent introduction, Paula Gooder acts as our erudite, reliable and ever patient guide. This impressive volume deserves to be on the bibliography of every serious student of the Bible.' - Dr Helen Bond, University of Edinburgh

'This is a clearly written and extremely helpful introduction to many different approaches to the interpretation of the New Testament. Experts from around the world and across many disciplines contribute specialised explanations, while Paula Gooder's excellent discussions apply each form of criticism to actual New Testament textual examples. It will become an indispensable tool and is greatly to be welcomed.' - Richard A. Burridge Dean of King's College London and Professor of Biblical Interpretation

About the Author: Dr Paula Gooder is a visiting lecturer at King's College London, an honorary lecturer at the University of Birmingham, senior research scholar at the Queen's Foundation, Birmingham, and Canon Theologian of Birmingham Cathedral. Her previous books include Only the Third Heaven? 2 Corinthians 12.1-10 and Heavenly Ascent (T&T Clark 2006) and Exploring New Testament Greek (with Peter Kevern, SCM Press 2004).

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