OPENING SCRIPTURE: A Hermeneutical Manual Introducing the Exegetical Study of the New Testament
Roger Nicole contends: "It is high time that in the midst of controversies in which all kinds of accusations are leveled against the use of the Old Testament by New Testament authors the painstaking work of Patrick Fairbairn and his monumental scholarship be once again taken into consideration."
Sinclair Ferguson says, "Patrick Fairbairn was one of the brightest stars in the galaxy of brilliant biblical theologians in nineteenth century Scotland. in this valuable but rare book he takes us into his workshop and gives us a 'master-class' on studying the Scriptures. I'M ENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT THIS REPRINT."
James White adds, "Hermeneutics is the life-blood of solid theology. Sadly, much of what is written today has been compromised by an unbiblical world-view, and therefore leads the student not into a clearer, firmer grasp of the revelation that is God's Word, the Bible, but instead inculcates doubts and hesitations. Hence, in some ways, 'newer is better' does not hold true especially when the 'newer' means 'less rooted in a solid belief in the inspiration and consistency of God's Word.' Fairbairn needs to be studied once again."
Douglas Kelly also says, "Fairbairn was a Scottish Evangelical Scholar with unusual insight on the relationship between the Old and the New Testaments. His work on Typology is still considered a classic. And some of the most recent research on Typological interpretation of the OT and the NT in the last half of the 20th century has confirmed much that Fairbairn was saying 100 years before. His work on Hermeneutics, for that reason alone, will be very valuable."
TABLE OF CONTENTS
PART FIRST: Discussion of Facts and Principles Bearing on the Language and Interpretation of New Testament Scripture
Section First - The Original Language of the New Testament
Section Second - The Characteristics of New Testament Greek,
Deviation from classic purity,
its basis in the later common dialect,
its Hebraistic impress,
mistakes made respecting this,
impress derived from new relations and ideas
Section Third - Collateral Sources for determining the Sense, and explaining the Peculiarities of New Testament Scripture
Writings of Philo and Josephus,
Jewish Rabbinical writings,
Books of Antiquities, etc.
Section Fourth - General Rules and Principles to be followed in the Interpretation of Particular Words and Passages
Section Fifth - Of False and True Accommodation; or the Influence that should be allowed to Prevailing Modes of Thought in fashioning the views and utterances of the Sacred Writers
Section Sixth - The Respect due in the Interpretation of the New Testament to the Analogy of the Faith, or from one part of Scripture to another; and the further respect to be had to the Religions of the Ancient World, the True and the False
Section Seventh - The Relation of the Old to the New in God's Dispensations more exactly defined, with the view of preventing mistaken or partial Interpretations of such portions of New Testament Scripture as bears on it
Section Eighth - On the proper interpretation of the Tropical parts of the New Testament
Section Ninth - The Parables of Christ, their proper Interpretation and Treatment
Section Tenth - On the Subject of Parallelism as bearing on the Structure and Interpretation of New Testament Scripture
PART SECOND: Dissertations on Particular Subjects Connected with the Exegesis of New Testament Scripture
Section First - The Two Genealogies of Christ, given respectively by the Evangelists Matthew and Luke
Section Second - The designations and doctrine of Angels, with reference more especially to the Interpretation of passages in New Testament Scripture
Section Third - On the Names of Christ in the New Testament Scripture, and, in particular, on the use of Christos and Huios tou anthropou 'The Son of Man'
Section Fourth - On the Import and use of certain terms, which express an antagonistic relation to Christ's Person and Authority, pseudo-didaskala, speudoprophetai, pseudochristos, antichristos
Section Fifth - On baptidzo and its cognates, with special reference to the mode of administering baptism
Section Sixth - Import and use of hades in Scripture
Section Seventh - On the import and use of diatheke in the NT
Section Eighth - On the Import of certain terms employed in the New Testament Scripture to indicate the nature and extent of the renovation to be accomplished through the Gospel, metanoia, paliggevesia, anakainosis, apokatastasis
Section Ninth - On the use of Paraskeue and Pascha in St. John's account of our Lord's last sufferings; and the question therewith connected, whether our Lord kept His last Passover on the same day as the Jews
PART THIRD: The Use Made of Old Testament Scripture in the Writing of the New Testament
Section First - Quotations from the Old Testament in the New, considered in respect to the manner of citation,
Section Second - Quotations from the Old Testament in the New, considered in respect to the mode of application
Appendix - The historical circumstances that led to Christ's birth at Bethlehem - Cyrenius and the taxing
500 page hardcover
See Table of Contents for detailed information on all that is covered.
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