The purpose of the Exegetical Project is to give the student the opportunity to develop proficiency in applying all the various methods of Biblical exegesis and interpretation that have been surveyed in this seminar. Obviously, not all of these methods can be given equal attention in the paper, but you must at least "tip your hat" to the ones which will be subordinated in your discussion. For example, if you choose to take a basically social-historical approach to the text, you might constrain your discussion of text, form, source, and literary critical matters to two or three paragraphs, and then spend two or three pages on the author, provenance, and audience. The depth to which you develop each of these methods is up to your discretion, as long as there is enough attention to each one to illustrate that you understand how to use that method and what one gains from doing so.

A basic outline of a final exegetical project is as follows:

Ideally, even the rough draft of the project should include all these components, but it must include at least the thesis statement and #2.

As indicated in the syllabus, the project will be graded in six stages, weighted according to the course grading schedule. Deadlines for the various stages of the paper are indicated in the Course Schedule. View the grading protocol.

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