Exegesis Research Paper Instructions
Using Introduction to Biblical Hermeneutics by Kaiser and Silva and Foundations of Spiritual Formation: A Community Approach to Becoming Like Christ by Paul Pettit as reference guides and conversation partners, you will write an Exegesis Research Paper submitted in 3 parts. The Biblical Hermeneutics text will guide you through the process of exegeting the selected passage. The Foundations of Spiritual Formation text will assist you in identifying principles pertaining to spiritual formation found in your selected text. The Foundations text may not have any direct references to your selected passage but it will provide you with general principles that you can use to interpret and apply your passsage. You will choose one text to exegete from the passages listed below:
· Psalm 1:1–6
· Mark 4:26–29
· Ephesians 4:7–16
The Exegesis Research Paper for this course is intentionally spread out over several Modules/Weeks. This is a developmental approach to paper writing that allows the adult student ample time to construct each portion of the paper, receive feedback, make corrections, and improve the quality of the paper as you continue writing it. This approach is aimed at improving exegesis skills, writing ability, and editing techniques so that the student learns by doing. Each part of the paper will begin the process of helping you gain experience with submitting an Exegesis Research Paper through the following stages:
Part 1: Introduction and Context of the Passage
You will write an introduction that serves as an overview of the content of the paper, providing background and cultural information about the setting of the book in which the selected passage occurs. You will write a thesis/purpose statement that alerts the reader as to what you plan to achieve in the writing of the paper. Cleaerly identify this thesis/purpose statement by underlining, bolding, or highlighting the text in yellow. Identify the literary genre and context of the selected passage and discuss its relevance for interpreting the passage. Each section will have its own heading following current Turabian style. Be sure the paper uses the School of Divinity Standardized Title Page and reflects a graduate level vocabulary.
Part 2: Meaning of the Passage and Bibliography
Rewrite Part 1 as needed, taking into consideration any feedback provided by the professor. In addition, address the meaning of the passage, utilizing resources identified in the accompanying bibliography. In Part 2, you should begin to consider what your selected text may be teaching regarding the spiritual growth process, the growth of the Kingdom of God, or the growth of the church. List a minimum of 10 sources (you may include your Bible translation, the Biblical Hermeneutics text and the Foundations of Spiritual Formation text) relevant to the passage selected, cited in current Turabian format as interpreted by the School of Divinity Writing Guide. The sources must be current and scholarly (written by academics with credentials that qualify them to write, not popular treatments written for laity) using those found in the ATLA database as a guide. Strike a balance between the use of commentaries, reference works, journal articles, and internet resources in your bibliography.
Part 3: Significance of the Passage (Final Version)
Rewrite Parts 1 and 2 as needed, taking into consideration any feedback provided by the professor. Part 3 of the paper is where you draw conclusions, implications, and applications from the text to the life of the Christian or the life of the Church. This includes specific principles of spiritual growth identified in Part 2 that you will now apply to how we grow as Christians. You only draw parallels that are actually there in the text. It is also where you wrap up your thesis/purpose statement to show that you actually accomplished what you said you would in the Introduction. Then a final conclusion where you tie a bow around the whole paper and provide a succinct summary of what you wrote. Part 3 consists of Parts 1 and 2 comprising a 2,500–3,000-word final version of the paper (double-spaced, in 12-point font). Carefully edit the final version for spelling, grammar, and syntax. Perfection in the implementation of current Turabian format is expected.
Exegesis Research Paper – Part 1 is due by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Sunday of Module/Week 3.
Exegesis Research Paper – Part 2 is due by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Sunday of Module/Week 5.
Exegesis Research Paper – Part 3 is due by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Sunday of Module/Week 7.
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