This is an avowed ""how-to-do-it"" book, intended for classroom use with students beginning the study of the New Testament. After two chapters of a general introductory character, in which the main characteristics of the New Testament are described, and the main tools for interpretation are identified, the author presents nine steps to be followed in the interpreting of a New Testament passage. Instructions are given in details and in pointed sequence. The effect is to give a superficial impression that the beginner can quickly acquire skill in interpretation, although some of the steps will probably require considerable study and practice before they can be managed--the mastery of Greek language and grammar, for example. The underlying theological assumption seems to be that if the student can handle these tools well, the New Testament will expose its own meanings. Many would question whether some basic theological presuppositions will need to be appropriated first. The author teaches at Golden Gate (Southern) Baptist Seminary.