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Introduction to Christian Education
Azusa Pacific University
Dr. Kara Powell
January 1, 2002
"Biblical Exegesis"

II.   Contextual Analysis
A.   Rule of thumb: a text without context is pretext
B.   Historical -
C.   WASN'T HERE FOR LECTURE
D.   WASN'T HERE FOR LECTURE
E.   WASN'T HERE FOR LECTURE
F.   WASN'T HERE FOR LECTURE
III.   Formal Analysis
A.   A Literary genre - Two main Categories
1.   Prose
2.   Poetry
B.   Structure - parts - main division and subdivision (Example: exposition vs. narrative)
IV.   Detailed analysis of the text
A.   Sentences
B.   Key Words
1.   Get meaning from combination of dictionary meaning and context
C.   Hermeneutical circle - move back and forth from parts to whole
V.   Synthesis
A.   Determining the basic meaning
B.   Still might be ambiguous
1.   Human Author was ambiguous
2.   I just may not know enough
3.   We live two thousand years later and something are just difficult to translate
C.   Polyvalence - multiple views (eliminate polyvalence)
VI.   Reflection
A.   What does this mean for us today (this comes after all other study)
B.   A text cannot mean what it never meant
VII.   Expansion
A.   Use of other commentaries
1.   Word Bible Commentary
2.   Zondervan Bible Commentary
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