Exegesis” (literally, “to draw out”) means to expound upon a text, to unpack a text of its many meanings. Thus the student will chose a New Testament passage from the following list and write an analysis of the text in order to: (1) discover and present what the passage meant to its original hearers in its original context; and (b) interpret this original meaning theologically and practically for the reader today. In doing so the student will consider the historical, religious, social, and cultural background in which the text was written, as well as the genre, structure, content and intent of the particular New Testament book in which the passage is contained. The student will also attempt to employ hermeneutical (interpretative) principles in so far as they are covered in class. The online course contains resources under the following headings for your convenience in the Study Tools section: Research & Paper Writing, Bibliographies, and Articles & Essays.