Exegesis of the book of Mathew

Exegesis of the book of Mathew

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In order to assess the degree of your overall progress over the entire semester, you are expected to write an exegetical paper for your Research Paper Assignment. The final exegetical paper must be a minimum of 3000 words in length.
“Exegesis” literally means “drawing out” in Greek. In contemporary biblical scholarship “exegesis” means the exposition of a biblical text by explaining its original meaning in terms of the author’s purpose and the original audience, frequently with the goal of applying scripture to the task of theology and/or to ministry, homiletics/preaching, spirituality, life, worship and/or other praxis (practical theology). The opposite of “exegesis” is “eisagesis,” or “reading into” the text what one wants to “make the text say,” and ignoring the original meaning of the text being employed.
In writing this exegetical paper, you will choose a passage from the following list of texts of the Pauline Letters in the New Testament. You will then research and write an analysis of the text in order to: (a) discover and present what the passage meant to its original hearers in its original context and (b) interpret this original meaning theologically and practically for the reader today. The exegetical paper should primarily be an exploration into, discovery of, and explanation of the original meaning of the text, and the defense of the explanation using both extra-textual and intra-textual evidence. Extra-textual evidence includes what we know about the historical and contextual situation behind the passage, what we know about the life and work of Paul in general (if applicable), the oral and written sources underlying the passage (if applicable), the genre of the passage, what situation occasioned the writing of the passage, Paul’s/original author’s own situation, beliefs and purposes for writing (what the author was trying to accomplish by writing the letter), as well as the original audience and their situation. Intra-textual evidence includes ideas, topics and themes in the larger book as a whole, literary and narrative structure, rhetorical structure and literary devices, as well as an analysis of wording and grammar of the specific passage.
This means that the exegetical paper should not be an interpretation without any evidence. The exegetical paper must justify and defend the interpretation of the literal meaning presented, using the course content materials, and bibliographical literature consulted, relevant to the passage.
This also means that any theological conclusions or practical applications of the text should come first and foremost from the results of the process of exegesis and interpretation just outlined. Spiritual meanings and practical applications of the text must be founded upon the literal meaning of the text. Jumping ahead to theological and practical conclusions without a proper exegetical foundation essentially divorces the Bible from the people to whom it is addressed in the present.
Sources for the Final Research Paper: At the end of the fourth module, you will submit to the instructor, a text and bibliography/works cited list or peer-reviewed scholarly articles that you plan to reference in your paper. The exegetical paper must contain a bibliography/works cited list including at least five credible academic sources from peer-reviewed scholarly articles or books. For distance learners, such sources can easily be obtained in electronic form from Saint Leo University’s Cannon Memorial Library and the instructor’s LibGuide. No websites other than those used in the required readings, are acceptable sources for the exegetical paper unless they have been vetted and permitted by the instructor. Every source in the bibliography must be used and cited at least once in the final paper.
Although the exegetical paper is due near the end of the course, you are encouraged to
Possible Texts for the Exegetical Paper:
Romans 2:1 – 29
Romans 3:1 – 31
Romans 4:1 – 25
1 Corinthians 7:1 – 40
1 Corinthians 11:17 – 34
1 Corinthians 15:1 – 34
2 Corinthians 5:1 – 21
2 Corinthians 11:1 – 33
Galatians 3:1 – 29
Galatians 4:1 – 31
Ephesians 2:1 – 22
Philippians 2:1 – 18
Colossians 2:1 – 23
1 Thessalonians 2:1 – 20
1 Thessalonians 3:1 —
1 Thessalonians 4:13 –
2 Thessalonians 2:1 – 17
1 Timothy 2:1 – 15
2 Timothy 3:1 – 17
Titus 2:1 – 15


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