IV One research paper will be required.
The student has a
number of different options for this paper. He/she may
choose some topic related
to the background, Culture, structure, theology, etc. of Acts.
Some suggested topics are
included in this syllabus. If the student is using this course
to fulfill his/her New Testament exegesis requirement, then
he/she must choose a passage from Acts and do a thorough exegetical
study of it using the exegetical procedure
included with this syllabus. What is required in this exegetical
paper will be discussed throughout the course, and an
exegetical check-sheet will be provided.
paper would then be more of a lesson plan than a research or
exegetical paper. The major paper for this course
should be no more than 15 pages long. It must be
well-written and fully documented.
The paper will be graded primarily on content but also on style and
form. The student must decide early what he/she
will choose as the subject of this paper.
POSSIBLE RESEARCH TOPICS IN
OF THE APOSTLES
The Understanding of Acts by Hans Conzelmann in The Theology
The Holy Spirit in the Book of Acts
The Role of James in the Book of Acts
The Importance of the Jerusalem Council in the Book of Acts
The Picture of Paul in Acts Versus the Picture of Paul in His
Principles of Church Growth in the Book of Acts
The Development of the Gentile Mission in the Book of Acts
The Possible Sources for the Book of Acts
The ?We? Sections of the Book of Acts
The Jerusalem Church in the Book of Acts
The Picture of the Apostles in the Book of Acts
The Book of Acts as an Anti-Gnostic Document
A SIMPLIFIED EXEGETICAL PROCEDURE FOR A NEW
TESTAMENT TEXT (8-99)
Choose your text. The text must be a
self-contained unit. This means that it needs to have a
definite beginning, a definite ending, and some movement or
progression between these two points. The paragraph divisions in
recent English translations are usually good indicators of
self-contained units. Your text may be made up of one or more
paragraphs. You need to decide how many paragraphs you will
treat, but remember that your text must make sense and you must treat
thoroughly each part.
Translate the text if you work with Greek. In your
translation, parse all verbalism and describe any unusual grammatical
features. Discuss any significant textual variants and establish
what you think is the more original reading of the text you study.
RESOURCES: Greek text; lexicons; commentaries;
textual commentary; Greek grammars, online resource material
If you do not work with the Greek, compare 4 English
translations. Reproduce your passage (pericope) in each of
these translations. Write down any significant differences in
meaning among the 4 translations. You do not have to resolve
these differences at this point; just note them.
RESOURCES: English translations.
Write a basic introduction to the book where your text is
found. In your introduction, deal at least with these
Structure (outline the whole book broadly or in detail)
Special features of the book
Critical problems or questions about the book
RESOURCES: New Testament introductions; Bible
dictionaries; New Testament commentaries on your book.
the literary form of your passage. Is it an argument, a
diatribe, a parable, a miracle story, a saying, a narrative, a vision,
etc.? How does the literary form of your passage have any
significance for the meaning of your passage?
the literary structure of your passage. How is your passage
put together? Identify each sentence as a question, a statement,
an explanation, a clarification, etc. Describe the relationships
that the sentences of your passage have to one another. The best
way to show this is to produce a sentence outline of your passage.
Note how your passage fits into the overall structure of the
New Testament book out of which it comes. What place does it
have? Is it an introduction to the book? Is it a
conclusion? Is it the heart of the book? How does the
position of the passage in relation to the whole book affect your
understanding of it?
Examine significant words in your passage. Choose
words whose meanings are not obvious. Use word study books to
discover the range of meanings that a word may have but concentrate on
what your word means in the context of your passage.
Summarize the meaning of your passage in your own words.
State in one sentence what this passage meant to the original readers
in light of your research above. State in one sentence what it
means in light of the realities of modern life.
Suggest issues that this passage addresses today
and specific ways that this passage addresses them. Suggest ways
you can preach and teach this passage.