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           Fall 2012/ FSW – Phoenix







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: Upon the successful completion of this course, students will have demonstrated (1) the ability in interpreting the Bible and making exegetical decisions using tools and techniques of exegesis;  (2)  an increased ability to use the Bible in ministry, handling Scripture wisely in preaching and in pastoral contexts;  (3)  an increased ability and confidence in  their learning of the Greek language;  (4)  an ability  to understand text-critical issues of the text.


COURSE FORMAT:  Class will meet weekly on Monday evenings, 3 hours per meeting for 10 weeks, for a total of 30 contact hours. There are translation assignments, in-class presentations/discussions, and other written work.



       Novum Testamentum Graece (Nestle-Aland, 27th ed.; UBS 4th ed.) ISBN: 3438051001.

       Bauer-Danker-Arndt-Gingrich (BDAG). A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament. 3rd English Ed., Chicago:University of Chicago, 2000. ISBN: 0226039331.

       Greenlee, J. Harold, Introduction to New Testament Criticism, Revised Edition.  Grand Rapids: Hendrickson, 2008. [163 pp.] ISBN: 9781565630376.

       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.

       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.

       Gonzales, Justo L.  Santa Biblia: The Bible Through Hispanic Eyes. Nashville: Abingdon, 1996 

       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.



1.     Read required texts as indicated in the syllabus for class preparation. (10%)

2.     Prepare the assigned Greek texts for discussion.  Analysis and translation. (25%)

3.     Prepare the 7 two-page (minimum) exercises and a 12-14 page exegetical study. Since the first paper is an orientation to the book in which an assigned text is found, this paper will be 5 pages in length. All other papers will deal with a single assigned text.  The first seven exercises will serve as stages of exegesis in preparation for the final paper.  Each paper will be worth 2 points and the final paper will be worth 36 points. (50%)

4.     Write a 3-5 reflection paper on the book by Gonzales  (15%)


PREREQUISITE: LG512 or the equivalent.






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