". . . this book offers a new vision of the meaningfulness of the Gospel texts which call exegetes out of their old visions. Consequently we as exegetes feel deeply threatened, and rightly so, by this work despite the numerous statements emphasizing that the approach taken here neither invalidates nor is a substitute for exegesis and its various goals. As exegetes we have committed ourselves to the task of elucidating 'what' the biblical text meant and means. . . . The type of study presented in this book, one which the authors refuse to consider as a form of exegesis, quietly challenges the preceding assumption by bracketing out any consideration of 'what' the text meant and means in order to elucidate 'how' the text meant and means."