DESCRIPTION: This course introduces interpretive
principles and practices for students of the Greek New Testament. It emphasizes
the value of various methods for understanding NT texts in light of exegetical
aims and assumptions. Students receive guidance in assessing various types of
evidence, in the proper use of reference tools, and in the role of
presuppositions in exegesis.
Š González, J. L. Santa Biblia: The Bible through Hispanic Eyes. Nashville: Abingdon, 1996. ISBN: 9780687014521. $18.
Š Green, Joel B., ed. Hearing the New Testament: Strategies for Interpretation. 2nd ed. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2010. ISBN 9780802864208. $28.
Š ________. Seized by Truth: Reading the Bible as Scripture. Nashville: Abingdon, 2007. ISBN: 9780687023554. $25. To be read by the end of the first week of the quarter.
Š deSilva, D. A. Honor, Patronage, Kinship & Purity: Unlocking New Testament Culture. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2000. ISBN 9780830815722. $25.
Students will be expected to consult the following throughout the quarter (which they should already have from LG512, or can use in the library):
Either Aland, B., et al., eds. The
Greek New Testament. 4th ed. United Bible Societies, 1994.
Š Bauer, W., F. W. Danker, W. F. Arndt, and F. W. Gingrich. A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and other Early Christian Literature. 3rd ed. University of Chicago Press, 2000.
Š Metzger, Bruce M. A Textual Commentary on the Greek New Testament. 2nd ed. New York: American Bible Society, 1994.
Š Wallace, Daniel B. Greek Grammar Beyond the Basics: An Exegetical Syntax of the New Testament. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1996.
Š See in addition the Biblical Division bibliography "Linguistic and Exegetical Books Required in the Master of Divinity Programs" available at http://schedule.fuller.edu/sot/ecds/Ling-Exeg-Biblio.html.
ASSIGNMENTS AND ASSESSMENT:
Each of the following assignments is worth 20% of the final grade:
1. Journaling on assigned reading, submitted via Moodle bi-weekly.
2. Contributions to ongoing Moodle discussion forums, including responses to interpretive exercises.
3. Critical review of González, Santa Biblia (600-800 words, or 2-3 pages double-spaced).
4. Three interpretive exercises on assigned texts (1,200 words each, or about 2 pages single-spaced).
5. Final research paper on an assigned NT passage (2500 words, or 8 pages double spaced).