A "Book" study versus an "Exegetical" study

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Rick Ausdahl | Forum Activity | Posted: Thu, Jan 24 2019 9:27 AM

Some of the Old and New Testament courses on books of the Bible have two course for the same book but with the title of one indicating it's a "Book" study while the title of the other indicates it's an "Exegetical" study.  E.g. in the NT, for the book of Hebrews there are the following.

  • NT361  Book Study:  The Letter to the Hebrews
  • NT362  Exegetical Study:  The Letter to the Hebrews

Is there an intentional difference in how these courses are titled due to significant differences in "how" the studies are approached?  Or ...is it just a matter of whim/chance as to how the courses are titled?

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Levi Durfey | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jan 29 2019 7:34 AM

Hi Rick,

I did some digging and from what I can see, FL prefers the name "Book Study." There are only two (that I can see) that are named "Exegetical Study" (Hebrews, Philippians). Both of those are of Bible Books that already have a duplicate Mobile Ed course (a "Book Study") by a different professor that was done earlier.

My conclusion is that they needed a different name because they already had a course for that particular Bible book, not because it was a different type of Bible study.

You need to choose the course by the professor that you like the most. 

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Miles Custis | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jan 29 2019 9:20 AM

The two categories do have different focuses. Exegetical Study courses have more of a focus on exegeting the original text. They assume a basic understanding of Greek (or Hebrew if/when we do some OT Exegetical courses). The Book Study courses still exegete the text, but they have a more varied approach and (mostly) do not assume the person taking the course knows the original languages.

We do have several duplicate Book Study courses (mostly on the Synoptic Gospels).

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Levi Durfey | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jan 29 2019 9:33 AM

Thanks for clarifying Miles.

I notice that the Exegetical Study on Philippians mentions that he takes the student "through the Greek text." The one on Hebrews mentions nothing about Greek; might be good to slip that in there.

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Rick Ausdahl | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jan 29 2019 7:12 PM

Miles Custis:

The two categories do have different focuses. Exegetical Study courses have more of a focus on exegeting the original text. They assume a basic understanding of Greek (or Hebrew if/when we do some OT Exegetical courses). The Book Study courses still exegete the text, but they have a more varied approach and (mostly) do not assume the person taking the course knows the original languages.

We do have several duplicate Book Study courses (mostly on the Synoptic Gospels).

Thank you, Miles.

I don't know Greek or Hebrew but I have the exegetical study course on Hebrews and found it very easy to follow, so I guess David deSilva must have done a good job of bringing it down to a level that worked for me.

If there's a good sale that includes the book study course on Hebrews, I may check it out to get a better idea of how the two types of studies compare. 

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