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Length: 2000 words
Write an exegetical report on Acts 8:26-40.
Your report should be set out appropriately, with an introduction, a clearly structured body in which you synthesize your findings in a coherent manner, and a conclusion.
A range of scholarly sources should be consulted, including Introducing the New Testament by Mark Allen Powell, commentaries, books, journal articles, and theological/biblical dictionaries.
A suggested structure for your paper is (the internal word count, given as % of the total word count, is a guide only):
Genre analysis (what kind of literature is this text? Implications?(10%)
Structural analysis (set out the structure of the passage) (5%)
Background to passage (author, date, to whom written) (15%)
Context (where the passage fits in the book/letter in which it is found) (5%)
Analysis of passage (what is the writer saying? This can be done by individual verses or in groups of verses) (45%)
Conclusion (this summarises your research) (10%)
Bibliography (not a part of word count)
1) Adequately address the stated requirements of the task;
2) Explanation of the genre of the passage and its implications;
3) Description of the structure of the biblical passage;
4) Explanation of the background of the passage;
5) Identification of the context of the passage;
6) Understanding and explanation of the meaning of the chosen passage;
7) Critical use of scholarly resources such as commentaries, lexicons, journals and relevant specialised dictionaries as well as correct referencing;
8) Evidence of wide reading;
9) Effective writing and communication of ideas as well as sound grammar; and
10) Presentation – the way you set your paper out. RECOMMENDED
PLEASE REFER TO THE PRIMARY TEXT: Introducing the New Testament by Mark Allen Powell.
PLEASE REFER TO THE HIGHLY RECOMMENDED TEXTS:
Soulen, Richard N., and R. Kendall Soulen. Handbook of Biblical Criticism. 4th ed. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2011.
Green, J. B., S. McKnight, and I. H. Marshall, eds., Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels, Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1992.
DeSilva, D A. An introduction to the New Testament: Contexts, methods and ministry formation, Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press; Leicester, UK: Apollos, 2004.
Kugler, Robert A. and Patrick Hartin. Introduction to the Bible. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2008.
RECOMMENDED TEXTS ARE:
Erickson, R J. A Beginner’s Guide to New Testament Exegesis: Taking the fear out of critical method, Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2005.
Fee, G D. New Testament Exegesis: A handbook for students and pastors, 3rd ed. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2002.
Gorman, M J. Elements of Biblical Exegesis: A basic guide for students and ministers, Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 2001.
Green, J B ed. Hearing the New Testament: Strategies for Interpretation, Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1995.
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