1. Title Page (1 page)
The title page should clearly state the passage that you areexegeting, the course title, the professors name, the date submitted, and yourname.
2. Main Idea and Outline (1/2 page)
Identify your passage. (Ephesians 6:10-20) Then summarize the main idea of thepassage in one sentence. Next present a full outline of your passage, showinghow the main idea unfolds. For each main point of your outline, show inparentheses that main verses correspond. All of the verses of your passage shouldbe included in the main points of your outline.
3. Introduction (1/2 page)
This paragraph should gain the readers attention andintroduce the main idea of your passage.
4. Context (1 page) (Part 2 in the text book)
This part consists of two sections. First, include a briefdiscussion of the historical-cultural context of the book. What do your readersneed to know about the biblical author, the original audience, and their worldin order to grasp the meaning of the passage?
Second, discuss the literary context of your passage.Describe the authors flow of thought in the book and discuss how your passagefits into and contributes to the flow of thought. Pay particular attention tohow your passage relates to the passage that precedes it and the one thatfollows it.
5. Content (35 pages)
This represents the body of your paper and the heart of yourexegetical work. You should let the main points of your outline function assubheadings. Include under each subheading a detailed explanation of yourpassage.
Explain what the text says and what it means in context. Besure to include significant elements that you discovered as you observed thetext and studied the passages historical-cultural context. Also, explain themeaning of critical words and concepts. Synthesize your own observations withthose of the commentaries.
Speaking of commentaries, you must consult and cite at leastfour sources. Allow these commentaries to assist you, but be careful not to letthem dictate what you conclude about the passage. Be critical of your sourcesand do not be afraid to disagree with commentators.
Keep in mind that the goal of this section is to explain themeaning of the text in context. Discuss the details of the text, but be sure tomove beyond mere description of details to show how they come together toconvey meaning.
6. Application (1 page) (Chapter 13 in Text Book)
Discuss several applications of this passage to contemporaryaudiences. Be as practical and realistic as possible.
7. References (1 page)
Course Text book is Grasping God’s Word: A Hands-On Approach to Reading, Interpreting and Applying the Bible By J. Scott Duvall
Passage choice is Ephesians 6:10-20
Here is some background text from a previous assignment that I wrote
Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord JesusChrist. (Holy Bible, New International Version. Ephesians 1:1 (2015).Zondervan. (Original Work Published 1973), n.d.) Paul opened all theepistles that he wrote with this kind of greeting to his audiences. Paul spokein this manner to reach all. This particular greeting is from his letter to thechurch in Ephesus from the book of Ephesians. Ephesians is a general statementof Christian truth concerning the church, Christian unity, and the Christianwalk.
Ephesus also known as the city of change was colonized by theGreeks no earlier than 1200BC and was located near the Aegean Sea, providing amajor harbor and caravan gateway for trade to all of Asia Minor and beyond. Bythe first century, Ephesus was already an established city, predominant in theRoman province of Asia Minor and home to the Roman governor. Besides becoming acity of great wealth, it was noted for the Celsus library, established in thesecond century. The Ephesians worshiped Diana, the Roman goddess of nature andfertility, identified with the Greek goddess Artemis. At present day Ephesushas all the appearance of an inland city caused by natural changes in thecoastline.
Paul is a missionary, church planter, soul-winner, and theologian.Paul wrote thirteen letters (Epistles) to young churches, pastors, and friends.Paul founded the church at Ephesus. Before God converted Paul his name wasSaul, and he persecuted many Christians. While in imprisoned in Rome about A.D.60-62 awaiting his hearing before Nero, the Caesar at that time Paul wrote ThePrison Epistles. These epistles include Philippians, Colossians, Philemon, andEphesians. These epistles present a composite picture of Christ, the Christianlife, the Church, and the inter-relationship and functioning of all. Ephesianspresents the Church which is His body, this is the invisible church whichChrist is the head.
Relatively little is known about Pauls audience, the recipientsof this letter. Early manuscript didnt contain the words in Ephesus. However,Paul visited Ephesus during a time of a huge emphasis on the Temple of Artemisin the city. Artemis was just one of the nearly twenty false deities the peoplein the city worshiped. Paul faced strongcultural backlash in Ephesus. He wanted to build a new community in the faithwhere Jews and Gentiles came together in unity. Two groups becoming oneChristian church. So, he addressed this letter in that manner and welcomed allculture backgrounds.
Paul had serval missionary journeys. Paul was on a journey beforehe knew he was on a journey. Pauls early travels are recorded by Luke in Acts9-12. When he (Saul) was on the road headed to Damascus to go persecuteChristians he was converted which focused him to stay in Damascus until hegained his site back. After his conversion from Saul to Paul, Paul had fourother missionary journeys. In his first journey (Acts 13:1-14:28) he traveledwith Barnabas and John Mark. His main route was Cyprus and Antioch of Pisidiacurrent day Turkey. This route was 1,400 miles.
On his second missionary journey (Acts 15:36-18:22) he traveledwith Timothy, Silas, Priscilla, Aquilla, and Luke. This was his longest journeyof his missionary journeys. The main route he took on this journey was a totalof 2,800 miles, where he visited at Antioch current day Syria, Turkey, Greece,and Jerusalem. At the close of his second missionary journey about 49-52 ADPaul left Greece taking Aquilla and Priscilla with him. They stopped in Ephesusand examined the situation in the city where religions had developed. TheEphesians wanted Paul to stay but he declined and sailed to Antioch leavingAquilla and Priscilla. Paul didnt return to Ephesus until his third missionaryjourney.
Pauls third journey (Acts 18:23-21:16) he traveled with Luke, andTimothy again as well as some others. This journey was 2,700 miles with hismain route being Turkey, Greece, Lebanon, and Israel. This is the journey wherehe had a main focal point in the city of Ephesus. Pauls ministry in Ephesuslasted three years. During this missionary journey Paul experienced triumphover the challenge of Jewish religious leaders as well as that of theGreco-Roman religions represented in the worship of the Artemis or Diana. FromEphesus Paul journeyed to Jerusalem where he was arrested by the Jews andturned over the Romans. Pauls fourth missionary journey known as the journeyto Rome (Acts 21:17-28:31) was 2,250 miles. His main route was Israel, Lebanon,Turkey, Crete, and Malta. Paul traveled to some other cities and places beforehis death which are recorded in 1 and 2 Timothy, Titus, and Romans.
Paul wrote most of his letters to meet specific needsin the churches. It is difficult to determine the specific occasion as to whichEphesians was written. Paul wrote to show believers what it means to be afollower of Christ and encourage them in their spiritual walk. Paul taught thatJews and Gentiles are one in Jesus the Christ
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