In All Roads Lead to the Text Dean Deppe offers a user-friendly guide to biblical exegesis and interpretation. Far from a dry, theoretical handbook, this book's example-based approach to teaching the exegetical process enlivens the overall interpretive task and offers immediate research payoff by constantly applying the concepts it describes to specific biblical texts.
Deppe focuses on eight methods the majority biblical scholars use in one way or another including, literary analysis, grammatical and structural elements, historical criticism and exploration in socio-cultural backgrounds, while also exploring the how history of interpretation also impacts our exegesis today. Deppe explains each approach using several concrete examples from both Old and New Testament texts, and every chapter concludes with practical, text-based questions for study and discussion.
Set up as a reference tool, students can continually turn to this book with questions. Moreover, while Deppe proscribes specific procedures, he does not emphasize the order in which they should be done leaving that decision to the needs of individual interpreters and the texts they are studying.