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“The aim of good interpretation is simple: to get at the ‘plain meaning of the text,’ the author’s intended meaning.” (Page 22)
“On this one statement, however, there must surely be agreement: A text cannot mean what it could never have meant for its original readers/hearers. Or to put it in a positive way, the true meaning of the biblical text for us is what God originally intended it to mean when it was first spoken or written. This is the starting point. How we work it out from that point is what this book is basically all about.” (Pages 34–35)
“The key to good exegesis, and therefore to a more intelligent reading of the Bible, is to learn to read the text carefully and to ask the right questions of the text.” (Page 30)
“Let it be said at the outset—and repeated throughout—that the aim of good interpretation is not uniqueness; one is not trying to discover what no one else has ever seen before.” (Page 21)
“The antidote to bad interpretation is not no interpretation but good interpretation, based on commonsense guidelines.” (Page 25)
Gordon D. Fee (b. 1934) is a leading expert in pneumatology and textual criticism of the New Testament. He is an ordained minister in the Assemblies of God and currently serves as professor emeritus of New Testament studies at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia. He is the author of Pauline Christology: An Exegetical-Theological Study and commentaries on First Corinthians and First and Second Thessalonians in the New International Commentary series.
Douglas Stuart is professor of Old Testament at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Massachusetts. He is the author of How to Read the Bible Book by Book, New American Commentary: Exodus, Old Testament Exegesis: A Handbook for Students and Pastors, and a commentary on Hosea and Jonah.