Spring 2010

FSW - Phoenix

NE506

Nelson

 

NE506: NEW TESTAMENT EXEGESIS: 1 PETER. Edwin Nelson.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

 

DESCRIPTION: This course is an exegetical study of the letter of 1 Peter based on the Greek text. There is a thorough verse by verse analysis of the argument and major themes of the epistle. The student will apply the lessons and principles of the course in Exegetical Methods in order to become more practiced in applying sound exegetical procedure.

 

SIGNIFICANCE FOR LIFE AND MINISTRY: First Peter addresses issues of Christian identity, God's vision for the new community of faith, and living with a view to the Christian hope while calling for perseverance in the face of resistance and hostility. These issues are vital to the Christian growth of the individual Christian leader. They must be increasingly a part of the teaching and preaching for the formation of the character of the contemporary church in the face of an increasingly hostile culture and world.

 

LEARNING OUTCOMES: Upon the successful completion of this course, students will have demonstrated (1) an understanding of the letter of 1 Peter within its socio- historical, literary, and canonical contexts; (2) the ability to identify central issues in the critical study of 1 Peter; (3) knowledge of primary theological and ethical concerns of 1 Peter; and (4) proficiency in their knowledge of the Greek text including awareness of lexical semantics, the identifying of grammatical constructions and syntactical analyses, translating with minimal lexical assistance, and proficiency in a basic knowledge of the practice of text criticism in 1 Peter.

 

COURSE FORMAT: Lectures and discussions combining translations and exegesis of the biblical text, including opportunity to explore contemporary cultural and ecclesial settings. The course this term will meet for ten successive Tuesday evenings from 6:30-9:30 for a total of 30 contact hours.

 

 

REQUIRED READING:

       Achtemeier, Paul J. 1 Peter. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1996. [421pp.] ISBN: 0800660307.

       Michaels, J. Ramsey. 1 Peter. Waco, TX: Word, 1988. [415pp.] ISBN: 0849902487.

       Jobes, Karen H. 1 Peter. Grand Rapids: Baker Acedemic, 2005. [384pp.] ISBN: 0801026741.

       Elliott, John H. A Home for the Homeless. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1990. [342pp.] ISBN: 0800624742.

       Fee, Gordon D. New Testament Exegesis. Louisville: Westminster/John Knox, 2002. [195] ISBN: 0664223168.

 

RECOMMENDED READING:

       Davids, P. H. The First Epistle of Peter. NICNT. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1990.

       deSilva, D. A. Honor, Patronage, Kinship, and Purity: Unlocking New Testament Culture. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2000.

       Elliott, J. H. 1 Peter. Anchor Bible 37B. New York: Doubleday, 2000.

       Marshall, I. H. 1 Peter. IVPNTC. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 1991.

 

ASSIGNMENTS:

1.        Class preparation and reading. Each student will select one commentary to work through with the weekly assignment of the Greek text.  30%

2. Each student will prepare 7 two-three page studies following the outline of Fees approach to the development of an exegetical study. These will all deal with a single text to be selected by the student and approved by the professor. These seven exercises will serve as stages of exegesis in preparation for the final paper. (Their being done on time will affect the final grade in relation to their point value). Each paper will be worth 5 points. (30%)

3. A 14-16 page Exegetical Paper on a pericope of the letter. (40%)

 

PREREQUISITES: NE502 and NS501.

 

RELATIONSHIP TO CURRICULUM: M.Div.: NTE; M.A.T.: NTBK; M.A.C.L.: NE

 

FINAL EXAMINATION: No

 

 

This ECD is a reliable guide to the course design but is subject to modification.