I recently received a copy of Interpreting the General Letters: An Exegetical Handbook by Herbert W. Bateman IV from Kregel Academic for review.
For those who are truly serious about studying the bible they will find Interpreting the General Letters: An Exegetical Handbook by Herbert W. Bateman IV a valuable resource. This is an academic work but will prove itself fruitful for the academic student as well as pastors working their way through preaching Hebrews, James, 1 and 2 Peter, 1,2, and 3 John, as well as Jude. Bateman addresses the nature of the epistles, their background context, and their theology in the first part of the book. This proves fruitful for those wishing to get a complete grasp on the General Epistles. One of the most helpful chapters in this book is the chapter on the theology of the General Letters. The letters and their theology are view from the theology of the whole bible as well as looking at the individual nuances of each letter. From background to exegesis Bateman prepares his readers for dealing with the difficult linguistic problems and textual critical issues of each book. Readers will find his interaction with popular Bible translations and differing manuscripts to be beneficial.
Though Bateman is heavy on Greek throughout this volume readers like myself who do not have a tremendous amount of understanding with Greek will still benefit from this volume. Those who will most benefit from this volume are those who go from exegesis to homiletical exposition. Bateman outlines how to go from forming a careful exegetical outline of the text to a homiletical outline of the text. Those who wish to preach expositionally through the General Letters will appreciate this work and the examples Bateman provides. One of the most helpful chapters that should not be overlooked is the last chapter where Bateman gives an exhaustive list of other resources that deal with the subjects addressed in this volume including preaching and commentaries. I’d commend this book to those who are looking for instruction on interpreting the General Letters both to those who are new to Biblical studies and those who are seasoned.
If you have an interest in this volume you can find it here from Kregel.
I received this copy complimentary from Kregel Academic in exchange for an unbiased review.