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Matthew ot judge, so that you may not be judged. 2 For with the judgment you make you will be judged, and the measure you give will be the measure you get. 3 Why do you see the speck in your neighbor’s eye, but do not notice the log in your own eye? 4 Or how can you say to your neighbor, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ while the log is in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your neighbor’s eye.
GENERAL GUIDELINES TO WRITING A BRIEF EXEGETICAL PAPER
In general, exegesis involves examining the biblical text itself in its context, to arrive at a reasonable interpretation of the text. This assumes that we need to understand what an author would have meant to communicate to his particular audience, before we can discover what it might mean for today’s audience. Discovering the original meaning insofar as that is possible requires careful attention to (A) the text itself, (B) secondary sources (i.e., commentaries, biblical criticism, articles, etc.), and in this case (C), a basic understanding of the gospel writer and his theology.
A. Outline background issues (approx. 2 pages):
Any biblical commentary, however brief or extensive, will usually begin by outlining the basic or broad context of the pericope. These foundational background issues might include:
• Intended audience
• Sources used by author/redactor
• Historical/cultural/religious setting
• Literary forms (oral and written)
B. Next, place the text in its more immediate context (approx. 1.5 to 2 pages):
• What comes immediately before and after the pericope under consideration? Unless it is otherwise
obvious, as you consider the immediate context, it may be helpful to say briefly why you begin and end your pericope where you do. In other words, why did you choose to discuss verses 3-7, rather than 2-7 or 3-8, etc. What makes your pericope a literary unit? In many cases the sub-titles throughout your Bible will already clearly mark periscopes (but remember, those subtitles are simply added for ease of reference for the modern reader. They are not part of the original biblical text itself. So, do not refer to your pericope by the subtitle, simply refer to it via the verse reference.
C. Provide verse by verse commentary of the pericope itself (approx. 4-5 pages):
• Discuss the text verse-by-verse. This should be the largest section of your paper. Point out any issues
that effect its meaning: this could include elements of the historical, cultural, or religious world of the author and/or audience, literary forms as they were used at the time, etc. The commentaries you consult will show you generally how this is done.
D. Next, summarize what you understand to be the original author’s intended meaning for the original audience (approx. 1-2 pages).
E. Finally, attempt to make the connections and applications of the text to our own day (approx. 1-2 pages).
• All papers should be written using the following mechanical guidelines:
1. A maximum of one-inch margins all around
2. Times Roman, 12 point font, double spacing, 1” margins.
3. Bibliography and citations should be in APA: use endnotes, not footnotes; include full bibliography. Special note: Biblical citations (i.e., Mk 3:5) should be cited in parentheses in the body of the text immediately following the biblical quotation.
4. Watch spelling, grammar, and general mechanics of your paper, including overall organization and presentation. These considerations will effect your grade.
Always use abbreviations for the following:
New Testament = NT Old Testament = OT Mark = Mk
Matthew = Mt
Luke = Lk John = Jn
Format: APA 6th edition
Length: 5 pages, excluding title and reference pages
References in the last 5 years
Type of service: Academic paper writing
Type of assignment: Writing from scratch
Pages / words: 5 / 1400
Number of sources: 2
Academic level: Undergraduate
Paper format: APA
Line spacing: Double
Language style: US English
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