What questions might this passage have addressed in the community for which it was originally written?

Exegesis Paper

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 ML style.

Select one of the following passages as the basis for your exegesis:

  •   Matthew 17:1-13
  • 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.
  1. Literary Criticism
    1. Context: What follows and precedes your passage? Are your pages affected by this context?
    2. 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?

    3. Structure: Do you detect any particular structural pattern (e.g., parallelism within your

      assigned book of the Bible)? Describe the parts of your passage.

    4. Redaction criticism: Has your passage come through an editorial process? What changes

      have been made? Explain why certain changes have been made.

    5. 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?

  2. Theological Analysis
    1. What does this passage say about the relationship with God?
    2. What questions might this passage have addressed in the community for which it was

      originally written?

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