An engaging introduction to New Testament exegesis, Prima Scriptura: An Introduction to New Testament Interpretation, will appeal to seminarians and undergraduates across the theological spectrum.
N. Clayton Croy, the author of a successful Greek textbook and an expert on pedagogy in biblical-studies, has constructed an accessible, holistic overview of the entire interpretive process from text to interpretation.He argues that while Scripture occupies a place of primary importance in guiding faith and life, it does not do so in a vacuum. It operates in conjunction with two thousand years of Christian tradition, Spirit-guided human reason, and of course, our shared experience. Scripture's authority is therefore primary but not exclusive--and the interpreter bears a serious responsibility.
Croy begins with the preparation of this interpreter, proceeds to analysis of the text, and concludes with appropriation of the message of Scripture into the context of modern faith communities. He combines a step-by-step plan for historical exegesis with substantive discussion of broader hermeneutical issues.
Finally, Prima Scriptura interacts with recent scholarship and is academically rigorous but is written in an engaging accessible style, incorporating anecdotes, humor, scriptural illustrations, and plenty of examples of the task and its practical payoff for disciplined interpretation. Each chapter includes discussion questions and suggestions for further reading. Professors and students in exegesis and hermeneutics courses will value this work highly as an illuminating and trust worthy guide for biblical interpretation in our late modern context.