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ASSEMBLIES OF GOD THEOLOGICAL SEMINARYBGR 541 Inductive Studies in the Greek New Testament IIBenny C. Aker, Ph.D. Spring 2003COURSE SYLLABUSCOURSE DESCRIPTIONAn inductive study of the various genre of the Greek New Testament with emphasis on exegesisand textual criticism. Prereq: BGR 540 or equivalent.COURSE OBJECTIVESAfter completing this course, the student should be able to:1. Translate accurately and more efficiently the Greek NT;2. Proceed to other exegetical courses and work effectively in them;3. Interpret appropriately different NT genre: Synoptic, Fourth Gospel, Epistle andApocalyptic;4. Use more effectively secondary and primary resources to interpret the NT;5. Preach and teach better expositionally;6. Write an appropriate exegesis paper using proper techniques and logic;7. Reflect in personal attitude and commitment respect for Scripture and ministry;8. Decide and argue for the most probable reading of the text among the textual variants.TEXTBOOKSPrimary:Aland, Kurt and Barbara. The Text of the New Testament. 2nd rev. and enlarged ed. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1989. Fee, G.D. New Testament Exegesis: A Handbook for Students and Pastors. Third edition. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2002. Gingrich, F.W. and F.W. Danker. A Greek English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2000. (On CD or Hardcopy)Metzger, Bruce M. A Textual Commentary on the Greek New Testament. Second Edition. New York: United Bible Societies, 2000.BGR 541 Inductive Study in the Gk NT IIBenny C. AkerPage 2 Secondary:Burge, Gary M. Interpreting the Gospel of John: Guides to New Testament Exegesis. Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1992. Carson, D.A. Exegetical Fallacies. Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1984. Danker, F.W. Multipurpose Tools for Bible Study. Minneapolis: Fortress, 1993. Guthrie, George H. and J. Scot Duvall. Biblical Greek Exegesis. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1998. McKnight, S., ed. Introducing New Testament Interpretation. Guides to New Testament Exegesis. Vol. 1. Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1989. ______. Interpreting the Synoptic Gospels. GTNTE. Vol. 2. Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1988. Michaels, J. Ramsey. Interpreting the Book of Revelation: Guides to New Testament Exegesis. Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1992.METHODOLOGY1. Reading of Textbooks2. Translation of texts3. Class Discussion4. Lectures5. Practice of Exegesis (in and outside of class)6. Researching and Writing a paperREQUIREMENTS1. Regular class attendance (see Handbook for policy governing absences).2. The student must follow the day-by-day, section-by-section instructions in the syllabus underCOURSE OUTLINE. We will go over and work through the material for that day.Remember, this is a practical class!3. Each student must write a paper, interpreting a New Testament passage. The student willfollow the textbooks and class procedure as a model for the paper. The paper should be from15 to 20 pages in length, double-spaced, typed (word processor). Turabian’s style manualshould be followed. The paper is due on April 21. Late papers will be penalized.BGR 541 Inductive Study in the Gk NT IIBenny C. AkerPage 3GRADING PROCEDUREThe student’s grade will be determined by the paper (60%) and daily student participation (40%).COURSE OUTLINEBasic assumptions for this class are: The student should review at the beginning of the courseGreek vocabulary and grammar from the past semester.UNIT 11. Syllabus discussion, orientation, and review.2. Make up for first class reading: [Note: it is important to read the preface/introduction of alltextbooks.]Read NTE, pp. 5-31 “Guide for Full Exegesis pp. 96- 111 “Historical-Cultural Background”The lecture/discussion will abbreviate what you read in the textbook. However, beprepared to discuss this material next class period. Be prepared for the next topic(textual criticism by doing the following.3. For next class, Read carefully Fee’s NTE, pp. 59-70. Also, familiarize yourself with and consult Aland’s The Text of the New Testament, emphasizing especially chps. 3-4, 7-8. UNIT 2: Textual Criticism1. One of the first principles of exegesis is to establish the text. One cannot interpret untilshe/he knows what to interpret. Textual criticism and other methods, though, go hand inhand and become, in fact, circular, each contributing more information to the other as each isdone.2. Translate John 1:1-18 and provide what you think to be the most probable reading of verse18. The key textual variant is monogenes.The lecture will abbreviate what you read in the textbook(s). We will also go overthis method and practice this technique in class. When we finish this assignment, wewill proceed on to the next topic (textual analysis). For that topic3. Please Read NTE, pp. 39-40 “Exegesis and the Original Text” pp.41-58 “Structural Analysis” pp. 71-78. ”The Analysis of Grammar””4. Select a passage to interpret and on which to do a paper.UNIT 3: Textual Analysis1. The lecture/discussion will abbreviate what you have read in the textbook.2. Please translate Romans 6:1-23. We will go over this passage in class.BGR 541 Inductive Study in the Gk NT IIBenny C. AkerPage 43. After translating this text, we will practice textual analysis. We will also have a hand insentence diagramming.4. When we finish (we will take several class periods) with this topic, we will go on to the nexttopic: doing word studies.5. Please prepare for the next unit byReading NTE, pp. 79-95. “The Analysis of Words”This section is more complex than thought by a superficial, first glance. The SynopticGospels and John’s Gospel contribute to this complexity. Therefore, we will spend sometime on this section.6. Do additional reading from the following sources. They are listed in the Secondarytextbook section of the syllabus above. To prepare for Synoptic exegesis read: McKnight,Interpreting the Gospels; “Word Analysis,” in ISG, chp. 9; and “Motif Analysis,” chp. 10.Read Bock, “Fundamental Rules of Word Study,” in INTI, chp. 4. Schreiner, “DoingLexical Studies,” in IPE, chp. 7. Carson, “Word-Study Fallacies,” in EF, chp. 1. Besensitive between a word study in the epistles and in the Gospels.7. Please be aware of a


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