FSW – Phoenix
NE502: EXEGETICAL METHOD AND PRACTICE. Ed Nelson.
DESCRIPTION: This is an introductory course to the method and practice of NT exegetical method. It
will explore the art of interpretation of texts combining exegesis and hermeneutical issues. The course will briefly examine the various critical tools employed in careful exegesis, including a methodology, the use of the Greek language, recognition of genre types, the importance of awareness of cultural influence on the writer and the interpreter, and other issues.
SIGNIFICANCE FOR LIFE AND MINISTRY: One of the central roles of ministry is the exposition of the Scripture for the people of God. Since that role is critical for ministry this course seeks to help prepare the student for that role through use of the Greek language, knowledge of exegetical tools, the methodology of textual analysis, the developing of a careful ear for the culture of the text and that of the interpreter, and the overall development of confidence in the use of the text.
LEARNING OUTCOMES: Successful completion of this course requires that students will have demonstrated that they have developed (a) an ability to interpret the Bible and make exegetical decisions using tools and techniques of exegesis, (b) an ability to use the Bible in ministry, handling Scripture wisely in preaching and in pastoral contexts, (c) an increased capability in using the Greek language, and (d) an ability to understand text-critical issues of the text.
COURSE FORMAT: Class will meet Tuesdays from 6:30 pm to 9:30 for 10 weeks, for a total of 30 contact
hours. Translation assignments, in-class discussions, written work.
á Novum Testamentum Graece (Nestle-Aland, 27th ed.; UBS 4th ed.) ISBN: 3438051001, $40.99.
á Bauer-Danker-Arndt-Gingrich (ÒBDAGÓ). A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament. 3rd English Ed., Chicago:University of Chicago, 2000. ISBN: 0226039331, $165.00.
á Greenlee, J. Harold, Introduction to New Testament Criticism, Revised Edition. Grand Rapids: Hendrickson, 2008. [163 pp.] ISBN: 9781565630376, $16.95.
á Fee, Gordon D. New Testament Exegesis: A Handbook for Students and Pastors. Rev. Ed. Louisville: Westminister/John Knox, 2003, 3rd. Ed. [195 pp.] ISBN: 0664223168, $24.95.
á Fee, Gordon D. and Stuart, Douglas. How To Read the Bible For All Its Worth. 3rd ed. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2003. [288 pp.] ISBN: 0310246040, 16.99.
á France, R.T. Women in the ChurchÕs Ministry. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1995. [96 pp.] ISBN: 0802841724, $14.00.
á Gonzales, Justo L. Santa Biblia: The Bible Through Hispanic Eyes. Nashville: Abingdon, 1996. [124pp.] ISBN: 0687014522, $18.00.
á Wallace, Daniel B., Greek Grammar Beyond the Basics: An Exegetical Syntax of the New Testament. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1997.(or newer Ed.) [860 pp.] ISBN: 0310218950, $44.99.
1. Read required texts as indicated in the syllabus for class preparation. (10%)
2. Prepare the assigned Greek texts for discussion. Analysis and translation. (20%)
3. Prepare the 7 two-page (minimum) exercises and one graded 12 page paper. These will all deal with a single text to be assigned. The first seven exercises will serve as stages of exegesis in preparation for the final paper. Each two+ page paper will be worth 2 points and the final paper worth 36 points. (50%)
4. Write a 3-5 page reflection paper on the book by R.T. France. (10%)
5. Write a 3-5 reflection paper on the book by Gonzales (10%)
PREREQUISITE: LG512 or the equivalent.
RELATION TO CURRICULUM: M.Div: HERM; MAT: NE; MACL: NE
FINAL EXAM: None
This ECD is a reliable guide to the course design but is subject to modification.