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Developments in My Field of Study — Gary Burge Says Cultural Reconstruction Is Contributing to Exegesis

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9780310280477Gary Burge, professor of New Testament at Wheaton, belongs to a group of scholars interested in so-called “Contextual Exegesis.” These New Testament thinkers look beyond the syntax and grammar to become cultural anthropologists of antiquity.

In essence they become time travelers. Here’s why:

“We think the New Testament was written [just] last week,” Burge says in our video today. “But it is a literature from another time, another place, it’s a different language, and it presupposes things that our culture has forgotten.”

Burge is excited by the development within New Testament studies that seeks to mend this gap. It’s a cutting-edge issue interested in buttressing how we contemporary teachers exegete the ancient text.

Watching Burge's video will help you better understand why this exegetical trend is so important. Adding his latest book, Jesus and the Jewish Festivals, to your library will help you better understand Jesus' Jewish context.


"Developments in My Field of Study" exposes developments and trends within various fields of biblical studies by showcasing leading evangelical voices who have a pulse on its direction. Our goal is to help students and pastors, teachers and interested Christians alike to understand where various fields are moving for the sake of gospel ministry and teaching.

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