Exegesis Research Paper Guidelines1. Select one passage from this list (Matthew 5: 1-12, Matthew 15:21-28, Matthew 25:31-46)and analyze that text using a reading strategy from this list (Liberation Th

Exegesis Research Paper Guidelines
1. Select one passage from this list (Matthew 5: 1-12, Matthew 15:21-28, Matthew 25:31-46)
and analyze that text using a reading strategy from this list (Liberation Theology,
Postcolonialism, or Social Criticism). In the first couple of weeks of class, you should
determine what passage and reading strategy your will use for your paper. This will help you
work on your paper throughout the course and nuance the research you do.
2. This is an academic research paper that should help you understand how to write a basic
academic paper in biblical studies. Making use of a theological library will be incredibly
helpful in this enterprise. If you cannot come to campus to do this, find a good theological
library in your own area and make use of it. Also, learn how to navigate and use the ITC
Library website for your remote research needs. For this paper, there are two important
sources that need to be used:
2.1. Critical Commentaries
Standard critical commentaries may be found in the library’s reference room (with some
duplicate volumes in the main stacks available for checkout. Most of the best
commentaries are included in series. The following series are highly recommended:
New Interpreter’s Bible
Sacra Pagina (SP)
Abingdon New Testament Commentaries (ANTC)
Yale Anchor Bible (AB)
New International Critical Commentary on the New Testament (NICNT)
New Testament Library (NT)
Smyth & Helwys (SH)
Word Biblical Commentary (WBC)
Pillar New Testament Commentaries (PNTC)
Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament (BECNT)
While there are some good commentaries that are not part of a series, please consult with
me before you use them. Also, do not use commentaries that are not academic in nature.
If you have any questions about this, please ask me. An example of such commentaries
is Matthew Henry.
You should use at least 3-4 commentaries for your paper.
2.2. Academic Journal Articles
These are accessible through the ATLA data base on the Union Library site. To search,
you may use passage references (e.g. Luke 6:20-26) or topics (e.g. Feminist reading of
Matthew 15:21-28).
There are readily downloadable pdf. versions of many of these articles. Others can be
easily found in the hard copy journals in the library.
You must consult at least 4 academic articles for this paper.
3. The primary focus of this paper is utilize a particular reading strategy to exegete a biblical
passage in order to create meaning around the figure of Jesus in a particular gospel. Don’t
simply describe the text but analyze the text from the point of view of the reading strategy you
are employing. This will help you understand the text and, maybe more importantly, what you
are doing with the text (or what you are doing with the Jesus in the text). How does a reading
strategy significantly impact the meaning/Jesus that is produced from the text/reader?
4. In your last paragraph, describe how your particular reading strategy can be a helpful tool in
sermon preparation, congregational care, etc.
5. The paper should be 1,750-2,000 words in length (7-8 pages, double-spaced, 12 point Times
New Roman font)in length, written as an academic/graduate level, and follow the SBL
Handbook of Style for biblical references and footnotes. Footnotes should include full
bibliographic information in the first citation and then abbreviated form thereafter. No
separate bibliography is required at the end, except if you choose to list some “Works
Consulted” that were not incorporated into your paper.
Here are some basic samples of proper footnote style:
Basic Commentary in a Series
Author First Name, Author Last Name, Title of Book (Series [you may use abbreviation] and
Number [if available]; City of Publication: Publisher, Year of Publication), Page Number(s).
Raymond F. Collins, First Corinthians (SP 7; Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2006), 28-
New Interpreter’s Bible (a special case)
Author First Name, Author Last Name, “Article Title of Commentary,” in Long Title of
Entire Volume. Vol. Number of New Interpreter’s Bible (ed. Leander E. Keck; Nashville:
Abingdon Press, Year of Publication of particular volume), Page Number(s).
N. T. Wright, “Letter to the Romans,” in Acts, Introduction to Epistolary Literature, Letter to
the Romans, First Letter to the Corinthians. Vol. 10 of New Interpreter’s Bible (ed. Leander
E. Keck; Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2002), 538- 789.

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