Based on the authors style and arrangement of thought, define the limits of the overall passage to be considered.

Narrative Passage Paper (Interpretive Guidelines)

Select a key passage, approximately two to five versesfrom a larger resurrection passage in the Gospel: Matthew 28, Mark 16, Luke 24, or John 20-21. Follow the guidelines below in gathering observational information and research for your paper. (Know that it is appropriate at first to gather more information than fits in a five page paper, but this gathering of observation and research allows for reducing and editing that makes for a well written papersuccinct, clear, and cohesive.) I. General Steps (Passage) A. Based on the authors style and arrangement of thought, define the limits of the overall passage to be considered. B. Read the passage several times, jotting down observations and questions (about the author, audience, purpose, tone, key words, difficulties, etc.when reading, use different translations and available Bible study tools in determining the significant words and phrases of the passage). C. Divide the passage into its units of thought (similar to contemporary paragraphs). D. Decide which of these units of thought (sections) of the passage will be the primary focus of the paper (two to five verses–for a 4-5 page paper, the subject needs to be narrowed).

II. Specific Steps A. Consider how the chosen passage fits within the overall flow of the book. o Analyze the relationship of the chosen passage to the preceding and following passages (What part does this passage have in the overall narrative? In other words, What purpose does the author have in placing this passage here in this part of his Gospel?). o Analyze the relationship of the chosen passage to the rest of the Gospel (How does this passage fit in the overall context of the Gospel?). B. Research the cultural-historical background of the passage (What is happening in this passage that is unique to the first century contextconcerning religious, political, or social customs and contextthat would help the reader better understand the meaning of the passage then?). C. Make note of any literary devices and their function in the passage. D. [Analyze key sentencesgrammar and functionof the passage (consult exegetical commentaries).] E. Analyze key words–determine the range of meaning that the author may have intended. o Determine the possible meanings of this word in the passage (consult other translations and a quality lexicon) and in other sections of the Gospel [use a concordance or Greek Lexicon; optional: consider how this word is used in other books of the New Testament, Old Testament, and Greco-Roman culture (culture determines meaning]. o Decide on authorial intent and meaning for the significant word(s) and phrase(s). F. Paraphrase the passage in your own words.


III. Broader Theological Steps (in relation to biblical and theological teaching). A. Determine one or two key theological truths from this passage (specifically that the author intends). B. Acknowledge and consult other passages in this Gospel which might add to the theological significance of the passage. C. [For this size of a paper, the following is not needed, but relevant for future papers: Acknowledge and consult other New Testament and Old Testament passages which might add to the theological significance of the passage.]

III. Application for Christian Ministry A. Draw out one or two key principles from the passage. B. Make an application for today based on your work.

Writing Instructions: After writing the body of the paper, write a brief introductory paragraph (Introduction) which gains relevant attention and leads directly into a clear one-sentence thesis at the end of this first paragraph. Also at the end of the paper, include a brief paragraph (Conclusion) which restates the main points of the paperwithout adding new information. Due to the short length of the paper, limit verbatim quotations to a phrase or sentence: place Scriptural address in parenthesis, such as (24:3-5). Use footnotes (10 point font) or parenthetical references (Turabian). Recommended: arrange the Body of the paper in four relevant sections with appropriate length–something like: o Background of the Key Passage (1 page double spaced, New Times Roman, 12 point font); o Meaning of the Passage Then, (2 pages); o Theological Truth (1/2 to 1 page) o Application for Today (1/2 to 1 page). Use at least two exegetical commentaries for the second section (when determining the meaning then), and use at least four total scholarly sources for the paper. See rubric for grading criteria

Grading Criteria 70% Content and Analysisinterpretive steps are completed with quality research, appropriate detail and relevance. 15% Organization and Stylepaper is well organized (Introduction, thesis, Conclusion, cohesive paragraphs, and transitions) and is written in a formal tone. 15% Format and Grammarpaper is free of grammatical errors and cites sources properly (including a bibliography with at least four quality sources).