Help with which tools to use for a degree assignment. Exegetical Guide or Passage Guide?

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Darren Jennings | Forum Activity | Posted: Thu, Jan 31 2019 12:36 PM

Hi Guys

I'm trying to use the power of Logos to drag me through my essays and I'm wondering if there is a particular guide to use for this assignment below?

Now, don't anyone go and do this assignment and send me their completed work! :)

I was thinking Exegetical Guide but not sure seems to be more about languages than cultural.  Not so sure

ASSESSMENTS


Assignment 1 (2000 words) Due in 8.03.2019
Write an exegetical essay on Matthew 12.1-14.
We are going to practice exegesis in class, so if you attend regularly and engage with the material you will have plenty of practice how to exegete texts from the Gospel of Matthew.
Assessment criteria
1. Use appropriately the literary and historical context of the passage to elucidate its meaning
2. Pay close attention to the details of the text, explain well the meaning of important or unclear words and concepts
3. Explain the structure and flow of the passage and identify its main theological point(s)
4. Write clearly and elegantly
5. Show evidence of independent research and engagement with scholarship.

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Fred Chapman | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Jan 31 2019 1:04 PM

If you have access to the Passage Exegesis workflow in L8, that may be a good place start as you develop your own workflow for study. There are many of good resources available in Logos that can help you. A couple that come to mind for the project you describe are:

https://ref.ly/logosres/ntexgrsch?ref=Page.p+4&off=1227

https://ref.ly/logosres/ntexegesis?ref=Page.p+138&off=443

As for Guides, you will probably need to use both an Exegetical Guide as well as a Passage Guide

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Friedrich | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Jan 31 2019 1:19 PM

Fredc:

If you have access to the Passage Exegesis workflow in L8, that may be a good place start as you develop your own workflow for study. There are many of good resources available in Logos that can help you. A couple that come to mind for the project you describe are:

https://ref.ly/logosres/ntexgrsch?ref=Page.p+4&off=1227

https://ref.ly/logosres/ntexegesis?ref=Page.p+138&off=443

As for Guides, you will probably need to use both an Exegetical Guide as well as a Passage Guide

As I have (Embarrassed not used workflows yet I can't comment on that, but that sounds like a good suggestion that Fred has.

And I agree with him that both guides will be helpful for you if you use them: the exegetical guide will help you with text-specific resources to look at word meaning and grammatical issues, all up close.  The passage guide will help you access commentaries that might have expanded discussions on those issues and potentially discuss themes like structure and flow.  (some commentaries focus on structure and big picture perspectives, like the Paideia series.

That said, I have found that the more I can learn how to do initial foundation work through the aid of concordances, paying close attention to context (ranging from the verses and thought flow immediately surrounding my text to the rest of the book itself, and finally to the wider biblical canon) as well as language helps (Louw/Nida, BDAG, etc) the more I feel confident and "dialed in" when I consult commentaries.  At that point I am using their works to challenge my own thinking (or confirm it) that was borne from the hard work I did vs. just letting them tell me what to believe and trying to decipher who seems more right.  Hopefully a good work flow will help you do that (and hopefully your class will as well).

If you haven't you might consider picking up the cheap "how to do OT/NT exegesis" books that accompany this month's free book.  They are $1.99 and $2.99 respectively.  And today is the LAST DAY you can pick them up that cheaply! 

I wish you well.  Exegesis is a thrill and you will gain so much from it!

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Darren Jennings | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Jan 31 2019 1:27 PM

Thanks!

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