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Winter 2013/Seattle

Winter 2013/Seattle







DESCRIPTION: New Testament exegesis is concerned with the careful application of the principles of biblical interpretation to the Greek text of a New Testament document. This exegetical analysis of Philippians will give close attention to its historical and literary contexts, its grammatical and thematic structures and its theological and pastoral significance


SIGNIFICANCE FOR LIFE AND MINISTRY: Proficiency in exegetical method greatly increases ones effectiveness as a preacher or teacher. It also improves ones personal study of the Scriptures, contributing to spiritual growth and development. A disciplined approach to exegesis helps the student of Scripture become a responsible hearer of the text and competent to help others to hear and understand.



Upon successful completion of this course, students will have demonstrated:

              1. A detailedcareful knowledge of the purpose, content and rhetorical style of Philippians;

              2. An ability to navigateawareness of the complexity of the exegetical process and a proficieny in of the skills needed to enter into

the ongoing dialogue on the meaning of this and other NT documents;

              3. An ability to communicaten understandingn appreciation of the enduring theological value of this letter for Christian formation

and community life;

              4. An ability to translate this and other NT writings using appropriate tools


COURSE FORMAT: The course meets for three hours, once a week, for lecture, discussion and presentations based on reading the Greek text of Philippians and secondary literature.



          Novum Testamentum Graece, 27th ed. ISBN: 3-438-05103-6

          Stephen E. Fowl. Philippians. Eerdmans, 2005. [235 pp.] ISBN: 0802825516. $24.

          John P. Heil. Philippians: Let Us Rejoice in Being Conformed to Christ. SBL, 2010. [185 pp.] ISBN: 1589834828. $26.

          L. Ann Jervis. At the Heart of the Gospel. Eerdmans, 2007. [137 pp.] ISBN: 0802839932. $16.

          Jerry L. Sumney. Philippians: A Greek Students Intermediate Reader. Hendrickson, 2007. [157 pp.] ISBN: 080104779X. $18.

          See also the Biblical Division bibliography Linguistic and Exegetical Books Required in the Master of Divinity Program available online and in the Academic Advising office.



          Gordon D. Fee. Pauls Letter to the Philippians. Eerdmans, 1995. ISBN: 0-8028-2511-7. $48.

          Ralph P. Martin. A Hymn of Christ. IVP, 1997. ISBN: 0-8308-1894-4. $30.

          James W. Thompson. Moral Formation According to Paul. Baker, 2011. ISBN: 978-0-8010-3902-7. $ 25.



1.        Translations and analyses of the Greek text are to be completed for each class (25% of grade).

2.        A 12-15 page exegetical/theological research paper on a passage from Philippians (35% of grade).

3.        A 6-8 page sermon outline on a second passage from Philippians (20 % of grade).

4.        A 6-8 page theological essay based on the Jervis book (20% of grade).


PREREQUISITES: LG512, NE502, and NS501.


RELATIONSHIP TO CURRICULUM: Meets M.Div. core requirement in New Testament Exegesis.









This ECD is a reliable guide to the course design but is subject to modification.                                                                                                           (5/11)