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Deep Exegesis
The Mystery of Reading Scripture

By Peter J. Leithart

Deep Exegesis
Paperback, 253 pages $29.95
Published: 15th September 2009
ISBN: 9781602580695
Format: 9in x 6in

Subjects: All Biblical Studies

Seeking to train readers to “hear all that is being said” within a written text, Peter Leithart advocates a hermeneutics of the letter that is not rigidly literalist and looks to learn to read—not just the Bible, but everything--from Jesus and Paul. Thus Deep Exegesis explores the nature of reading itself—taking clues from Jesus and Paul on the meaning of meaning, the functions of language, and proper modes of interpretation. By looking (and listening) closely, and by including passages from the Bible and other literary sources, Leithart aims to do for the text what Jesus did for the blind man in John 9: to make new by opening eyes. The book is a powerful invitation to enter the depths of a text.

Preface: Learning to Read from Jesus and Paul

Chapter 1: The Text Is a Husk: Modern Hermeneutics

Chapter 2: Texts Are Events: Typology

Chapter 3: Words Are Players: Semantics

Chapter 4: The Text Is a Joke: Intertextuality

Chapter 5: Texts Are Music: Structure

Chapter 6: Texts Are About Christ: Application



"As a biblical reader of profound insight, Peter Leithart has long cultivated the practice of exegesis. His depth of experience as a reader gives these hermeneutical reflections an authority and nuance one rarely finds in our theory-saturated age."

—R.R. Reno, Professor of Theological Ethics, Creighton University, and Features Editor of First Things

"A wonderful book. Drawing on his wide reading, Peter Leithart builds up a way of exploring the depths of meaning to be found in the scriptural text. Christians of all stripes will find this an inspiring and utterly accessible work." 

—Andrew Louth, Professor of Patristic and Byzantine Studies, Durham University

"Magnificent. Leithart displays his extraordinary ability to make interpretation exciting."

—Matthew Levering, Associate Professor of Theology, Ave Maria University

"... an insightful and fresh contribution to the field of biblical hermeneutics."

—Samuel Emadi, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Midwestern Journal of Theology (Spring 2013)

"... a sustained, often playful, and sometimes brilliantly provocative attempt to undo the dichotomy between the Scripture's formal husk and its material kernel.... Deep Exegesis is a treasure trove of hermeneutical reflection by a master craftsman. It will repay careful reading, by scholars as well as students."

—Wesley Hill, Books & Culture, July/August 2011

"Leithart is a very fine reader of the biblical text as is evident from his ever-deeper reading and re-reading of Jn 9.... Leithart's project has significant value and potential for his intended audience."

—Seamus O'Connell, Journal for the Study of the New Testament (2011, 33:5)

"Deep Exegesis is a clear, optimistic, and well-written book, with wide-spanning and interdisciplinary implications."

—The Christian Scholar's Review (Spring 2010)

"To understand the scripture for yourself is a marvelous thing. Deep Exegesis: The Mystery of Reading Scripture is a biblical study that focuses on the nature of reading scripture for oneself. Peter Leithart hopes to inspire readers to take up the study themselves, open their eyes, and realize Jesus's words for themselves, instead of through a filter like many simply accept. Deep Exegesis comes with a powerful encouragement for personal theology, very much recommended."

—Midwest Book Review

"Everyone interested in understanding the Bible (and what Christian isn’t!) should read this book...."

Greg Peters, Assistant Professor of Medieval and Spiritual Theology, Biola University (review from The Scriptorium, 4/6/10)

"Deep Exegesis is a scandalously fun read and a welcome invitation to take a second look at the way we read Scripture."

The Expository Times (2011, 123:4)

Peter J. Leithart is President of the Theopolis Institute and the author of more than twenty books, including Deep Exegesis: The Mystery of Reading Scripture.

Publication Details:

 Paperback , 253 pages
 9in x 6in

 Baylor University Press

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