Methodology Query

David asked me in the comments on the last post, to highlight a couple of books that I like on methodology, and to ask the rest of you for suggestions as well. What a good idea. Please include your favorites in the comments, and I will move them to the main post.

My personal favorites
Favorite methodological study
  • Rudolph Bultmann, "What is Form Criticism?" in R. Bultmann and K. Kundsin, Form Criticism: Two Essays on New Testament Research (New York: Harper Torchbooks, 1934/1962).
Favorite overviews
  • The series put out by Fortress Press, "What is ...?"
  • John Hayes and Carl Holladay, Biblical Exegesis: A Beginner's Handbook (Atlanta: John Knox, revised edition1987).
Favorite methods to use
  • New Tradition-Historical Criticism
  • Interdisciplinary methods, particularly from Anthropology, Sociology, and Psychology
  • Oral-Rhetorical methods
A Favorite quote about method
  • Paula Fredriksen in Jesus of Nazareth (p. 7): "Once method determines our perspective on our sources, how we see is really what we get."