What to Read Next?

Paul S. Dixon dixonps at juno.com
Fri Oct 9 12:06:44 EDT 1998

I just recently purchased and am reading Bruce Waltke's,
"Finding the Will of God."  

He was my Hebrew prof in seminary and one of the men I
personally most highly respect for Christian maturity and

The reading is a must.  One chapter is on how pagans divine
the will of God.  Fascinating and thorough.  Another is how
the will of God was determined in the OT.  Also fascinating.

Vision House, about $20 retail.

Paul S. Dixon, Pastor
Wilsonville, Oregon

On Thu, 08 Oct 1998 23:49:48 -0700 clayton stirling bartholomew
<c.s.bartholomew at worldnet.att.net> writes:
>vince-s at juno.com wrote:
>> Having read Carson's "Exegetical Fallacies" -and taken its 
>admonitions to
>> heart-, I have been trying to determine how to perform a proper 
>> Strudy'.  I am somewhat uncomfortable with the term, being that many 
>> study methods have propagated various errors.  I continue my reading 
>> Louw's "Semantics...", but its emphasis is similar to Carson's, and 
>> don't feel that I'm gaining a method for approaching the text at the 
>> level.
>Back in 1990-91 I read everything I could get my hands on regarding 
>semantics. One book now stands at the top of my personal list on this 
>Moises Silva, Biblical Words and their Meaning: An Introduction to 
>Semantics, Zondervan 1983, revised ed. 1994. This is a work you should 
>since you will want to read it several times to absorb the contents
>The runner up, is a book that describes the theory behind the famous 
>Domain Lexicon: J. P. Louw and E. A. Nida, Lexical Semantics of New 
>Greek, Scholars Press, 1992.
>If you want to see how all the elements of exegesis are put together 
>using a
>test case then read: Silva, Moises, Explorations in Exegetical Method:
>Galatians as a Test Case, Baker, 1996. 
>A note of caution: 
>After reading all of this and other works you will probably still need 
>develop your own method of exegesis. I have tried numerous times in 
>vain to
>follow the patterns described by text books on exegesis, for example 
>famous book by Gordon Fee. I have always failed in these attempts. I 
>these books are of great value for laying down guidelines but like the 
>Law,  one usually ends up breaking most of the rules most of the time. 
>Clayton Stirling Bartholomew
>Three Tree Point
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