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Books on Biblical Interpretation

Biblical Interpretation

ISBN: 0687016088

Date: 1996

BS 476 .T534 1996

Interpreting the Bible

ISBN: 0809136538

Date: 1996

BS 476 .F57 1996

Look for these and other general works on interpretation and writing an exegesis in subclass BS 476.


Writing an Exegesis

An Exegesis is the process of guiding readers through a biblical text by using specific interpretive methods and tools.This guide is to provide you with information and resources to help you write an exegetical paper.

Writing an Exegesis requires:

  • Selection of a biblical text
  • Evaluation of the historical, cultural, and literary background 
    • What are the historical, cultural, economic and / or political settings?
    • What themes and / or symbols are presented?
    • How does the writing style help to convey the text's message or ideas?
  • Interpretation and explanation of the text in its original context 
    • What is the message? What issues are raised?
    • Who is the author of the passage? For what audience was it written?
  • Relevance of what the text means for us today

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