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.
- Literary Criticism
- Context: What follows and precedes your passage? Are your pages affected by this context?
- 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?
- Structure: Do you detect any particular structural pattern (e.g., parallelism within your
assigned book of the Bible)? Describe the parts of your passage.
- Redaction criticism: Has your passage come through an editorial process? What changes
have been made? Explain why certain changes have been made.
- 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?
- Theological Analysis
- What does this passage say about the relationship with God?
- What questions might this passage have addressed in the community for which it was