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You will complete an exegesis of a passage from the New Testament (employing methods of interpretation and perspectives, such as literary and historical context, literary form,and structure)
.Exegesis means to expound upon a text, to unpack a text of its many meanings.
Elements of various types of criticism will be employed to further develop your ability to interpret the Bible.The paper should be 2000-3000 words in length and follow MLA style.
Use this book:
Follow the outline below and answer the questions in each section using recommended sources. Keep the outline headings below as the subheadings of your exegesis.
A. Context: What follows and precedes your passage?Are your pages affected by this context?
B. Form criticism: What is the literary form of your passage? Are there other places in the Bible
(or related text) where this form is used and which help to interpret this passage?
C. Structure: Do you detect any particular structural pattern (e.g., parallelism within your
assigned book of the Bible)?Describe the parts of your passage.
D. Redaction criticism: Has your passage come through an editorial process? What changes
have been made? Explain why certain changes have been made.
E. Key words: What are the theologically important words in the passage? Do these words
evoke any other parts of the Bible? Are these words used in a new way by the author of this
passage? What do these words mean?
a.What does this passage say about the relationship with God?
b.What questions might this passage have addressed in the community for which it was originally written?
Some of the ideas above are adopted from A Guide to Biblical Exegesis by G. Landes and W. Wink (unpublished.)]
Use the checklist below to ensure that you are following the format properly:
1.Are all ideas documented (including page numbers)?
2.Are all quotations documented (including page numbers)
3.Is there a works cited page?
4.Do the notes and bibliography include sources recommended by the syllabus?
5.Does the format include the headings from the syllabus?
6.Does each sentence make sense?
7.Does the “form” section clearly name a literary form?
8.Does the redaction section contrast the assigned passage with Mark’s version (except for infancy
narrative and Lord’s Prayer)?
9.Does the key word section include more than one key word?
10.Does the key word section refer to Old Testament material?
Make sure these biblical references below are stated in the paper.
-Brown, Raymond. The Birth of the Messiah. New York: Doubleday, 1977.
-Crossan, D. The Gospel of Eternal Life. Milwaukee: Bruce, 1967.
-Senior, D. The Passion of Jesus in the Gospel of Luke. Wilmington: Michael Glazier, 1980
-Betz, H.D. The Sermon on the Mount. Philadelphia: Fortress, 1995.