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LG 512 ECD Fall 94

Fuller Northwest

NE502: Fall 2012



NE502: EXEGETICAL METHOD AND PRACTICE (4 units). Richard J. Erickson.



DESCRIPTION: This course introduces interpretive approaches and practices for students of the Greek New Testament. Students will discuss exegetical aims and assumptions, become familiar with major resources for study of the New Testament, interpret a variety of NT texts, and discuss the manner in which the varied contexts (e.g., social, cultural, theological) of the biblical world and contemporary readers inform exegetical study.


SIGNIFICANCE FOR LIFE AND MINISTRY: The paramount role of ministers of the “gospel of God” (Rom 1:1) is the prophetic exposition of the Word of God from Holy Scripture to a contemporary audience (1 Tim 4:13). This can be done only responsibly when ministers have a clear understanding of the task to which they are called and of the tools for performing it. This course will demonstrate its own significance if it helps students to see themselves as both called to and capable of the task, imbued with more enthusiasm for reading the Bible and for a deeper obedience to the Word of God.


LEARNING OUTCOMES: Students successfully completing this course will have demonstrated: (1) the capacity to engage in close study of a variety of passages in the Greek NT prior to engaging in conversation with various scholarly resources; (2) judicious use of critical tools and resources for study of biblical texts, including lexicons and concordances; (3) practice with interpreting a variety of NT genres, with consideration of the varied contexts of both the biblical materials and contemporary readers; and (4) skill in developing interpretations that engage contemporary concerns, and that encourage and challenge the church to remain faithful to its mission.


COURSE FORMAT: This course will be conducted both in class and online. It involves reading, exercises in using Greek and various resources in exegesis, writing, and community dialog. Students and instructor will interact together with the material in ten weekly class meetings, three and a half hours each, and in occasional online threaded discussions.



deSilva, David A. “The Culture and Social World of the Early Church,” in idem, An Introduction to the New Testament: Contexts, Methods & Ministry Formation; pp. 111-144. Downers Grove: IVP, 2004. Available on eReserves.

González, J. L. Santa Biblia: The Bible through Hispanic Eyes. Nashville: Abingdon, 1996. ISBN: 9780687014521. $18.

Gorman, Michael J. Elements of Biblical Exegesis: A Basic Guide for Students and Ministers. Revised and expanded edition. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2008. ISBN: 978-0801046407. $21.99.

Green, Joel B. 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.

Students will be expected to consult the following throughout the quarter:

Either Aland, K., et al., eds. The Greek New Testament. 4th ed. United Bible Societies, 1994.
Or Nestle, E., and K. Aland, eds. Novum Testamentum Graece. 27th ed. Deutsche Bibelstiftung, 2001.

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.

Wallace, Daniel B. Greek Grammar Beyond the Basics: An Exegetical Syntax of the New Testament. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1996.

See also “Linguistic and Exegetical Books Required in the Master of Divinity Programs” available at http://schedule.fuller.edu/sot/ecds/Ling-Exeg-Biblio.html.



1.      Reading of all assigned books and lectures, subject to final honor accounting (15%).

2.      Participation in assigned occasional online forums (10%)

3.      Translations of Greek texts, with in-class discussion and recitation (30%).

4.      Three interpretive exercises on assigned texts (600 words each, or about 2 pages double-spaced) (15%).

5.      Short exegesis paper on assigned text (2000 words, or about 7-8 pages double spaced) (20%).

6.      Two elective extra-credit assignments available (10% each).



RELATION TO CURRICULUM: Meets MDiv core requirement in Hermeneutics (HERM).