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OTS 5511: Writing an Exegetical Paper

Writing an Exegetical Paper

Writing your first exegetical paper and not sure how to start? Click here for our helpful guide on the step-by-step process for writing your first exegetical paper!

What is a Biblical Exegetical Paper?

What is a Biblical Exegetical Paper?



According to the Ashland Theological Seminary Writing Handbook,

"An exegetical paper focuses analysis on a passage of Scripture (often called a pericope), using either English only or original language resources to draw out the meaning of the passage. An exegetical paper follows a specified method of analyzing the text in order to inform proper interpretation." pg.12-13


or another way to put it:


According to Elements of Biblical Exegesis: A Basic Guide for Students and Ministers:


"Biblical Exegesis may be defined as the careful historical, literary, and theological analysis and explanation of a text." *


*Gorman, Michael J. Essay. In Elements of Biblical Exegesis: a Basic Guide for Students and Ministers, 4. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, a division of Baker Publishing Group, 2020.*

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