The historical and social setting of the text. Choose one of the following passages (or an alternative passage assigned or approved by your professor) and follow the steps of the exegetical process to complete a full exegesis that uses the feedback your instructor provided to you in the previous course assignments:
Epistle: 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8 or Romans 3:21-26
Gospel: John 11 or Matthew 19:1-12
Gospel Parable: Luke 16:1-13 or Matthew 21:33-46
New Testament Narrative: Acts 2:42-47 or Acts 17:16-34
New Testament Apocalyptic: Revelation 2:1-7 or Revelation 22:1-5
Old Testament Law: Deuteronomy 17:14-20 or Leviticus 4:1-12
Old Testament Narrative: 2 Chronicles 23-24 or Genesis 12
Old Testament Wisdom: Job 28 or Proverbs 26:4-5
Old Testament Poetry: Psalm 23 or Psalm 72
Old Testament Prophecy: Isaiah 6 or Ezekiel 8
The entire paper will be 1,500-2000 words. Along with an introduction and a conclusion, be sure to accomplish the following:
Text Analysis:
Examine the features of the text that you have selected within its genre.
Examine the historical and social setting of the text.
Examine the text within its genre.
Perform a word study of two or three important words within the text.
Steps of the Interpretive Journey:
Examine what the text meant to the original biblical audience.
Examine the differences between the biblical audience and Christians today.
Examine the theological principle(s) in this text.
Examine how the theological principle(s) fit with the rest of the Bible.
Examine how individual Christians today live out the principle(s).
Along with the use of the Bible and textbook, use a minimum of four academic sources from the GCU Library.
Prepare this assignment according to the APA guidelines found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center. An abstract is not required.
This assignment uses a rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.

Passage Exegesis
39 points
Criteria Description
All exegesis elements are fully developed to include sentence and paragraph analysis, word study, historical and sociological context examination, genre, and theological analysis.
5. Target
39 points
Exegesis is thorough, detailed, specific, and demonstrates a deep understanding of exegesis. All exegesis elements are fully developed to include sentence and paragraph analysis, word study, historical and sociological context examination, genre, and theological analysis.
4. Acceptable
33.15 points
Exegesis is thorough, detailed, and specific. All exegesis elements are fully developed to include sentence and paragraph analysis, word study, historical and sociological context examination, genre, and theological analysis.
3. Approaching
29.25 points
Exegesis is thorough and detailed. All exegesis elements are fully developed to include sentence and paragraph analysis, word study, historical and sociological context examination, genre, and theological analysis.
2. Insufficient
25.35 points
Exegesis lacks sufficient details. Exegesis elements are vaguely developed in sentence and paragraph analysis, word study, historical and sociological context examination, genre, or theological analysis.
1. Unsatisfactory
0 points
Exegesis is insufficient or incorrect. Exegesis elements are incompletely or incorrectly developed in sentence and paragraph analysis, word study, historical and sociological context examination, genre, or theological analysis.
collapse Steps of the Interpretive Journey assessment
Steps of the Interpretive Journey
26 points
Criteria Description
Examination of the passage meaning to the original biblical and contemporary audience and the theological principles in this text. Additional details, depth, and insight provide the reader greater insight and understanding into the selected passage.
5. Target
26 points
Examination of the passage meaning to the original biblical audience, differences between the original and the contemporary audience, the theological principles in the text, and how the theological principles fit with the rest of the bible are clear and comprehensive. Additional details, depth, and insight provide the reader greater insight and understanding into the selected passage.
4. Acceptable
22.1 points
Examination of the passage meaning to the original biblical audience, differences between the original and the contemporary audience, the theological principles in the text, and how the theological principles fit with the rest of the bible are clear and comprehensive.
3. Approaching
19.5 points
Examination of the passage meaning to the original biblical audience, differences between the original and the contemporary audience, the theological principles in the text, and how the theological principles fit with the rest of the bible are clear.
2. Insufficient
16.9 points
Examination of the passage meaning to the original biblical audience, differences between the original and the contemporary audience, the theological principles in the text, and how the theological principles fit with the rest of the bible are unclear.
1. Unsatisfactory
0 points
Examination of the passage meaning to the original biblical audience, differences between the original and the contemporary audience, the theological principles in the text, and how the theological principles fit with the rest of the bible are not present or are inadequate.
collapse Application to the Individual Christian Life (B) assessment
Application to the Individual Christian Life (B)
13 points
Criteria Description
Examination of how individual Christians today live out the theological principles in the selected text. Additional details, depth, and insight provide the reader greater insight and understanding into the selected passage. (C1.3)
5. Target
13 points
Examination of how individual Christians today live out the theological principles in the selected text is clear and thorough. Additional details, depth, and insight provide the reader greater insight and understanding into the selected passage.
4. Acceptable
11.05 points
Examination of how individual Christians today live out the theological principles in the selected text is clear and thorough.
3. Approaching
9.75 points
Examination of how individual Christians today live out the theological principles in the selected text is clear.
2. Insufficient
8.45 points
Examination of how individual Christians today live out the theological principles in the selected text is unclear or is vaguely connected to exegesis findings.
1. Unsatisfactory
0 points
Examination of how individual Christians today live out the theological principles in the selected text is inadequate or is unconnected to exegesis findings.
collapse Integration of Instructor Feedback assessment
Integration of Instructor Feedback
13 points
Criteria Description
Integration of instructor feedback. It is seamlessly incorporated into the flow of the paper. All instructor comments and suggestions are addressed.
5. Target
13 points
Integration of instructor feedback is evident and meaningful. It is seamlessly incorporated into the flow of the paper. All instructor comments and suggestions are addressed.
4. Acceptable
11.05 points
Integration of instructor feedback is evident and relatively well incorporated into the natural flow of the paper. All instructor comments and suggestions are addressed.
3. Approaching
9.75 points
Integration of instructor feedback is evident, though it appears as a disjointed, cursory addition. Most of the instructor comments and suggestions are addressed.
2. Insufficient
8.45 points
Integration of instructor feedback is vaguely attempted but does not address most instructor comments and suggestions.
1. Unsatisfactory
0 points
Integration of instructor feedback is either missing or not evident.
collapse Thesis, Position, or Purpose assessment
Thesis, Position, or Purpose
9.1 points
Criteria Description
Communicates reason for writing and demonstrates awareness of audience.
5. Target
9.1 points
The thesis, position, or purpose is clearly communicated throughout and clearly directed to a specific audience.
4. Acceptable
7.73 points
The thesis, position, or purpose is adequately presented. An awareness of the appropriate audience is demonstrated.
3. Approaching
6.82 points
The thesis, position, or purpose is discernable in most aspects but is occasionally weak or unclear. There is limited awareness of the appropriate audience.
2. Insufficient
5.92 points
The thesis, position, or purpose is unfocused or confused. There is very little awareness of the intended audience.
1. Unsatisfactory
0 points
The thesis, position, or purpose is not discernible. No awareness of the appropriate audience is evident.
collapse Development, Structure, and Conclusion assessment
Development, Structure, and Conclusion
9.1 points
Criteria Description
Advances position or purpose throughout writing; conclusion aligns to and evolves from development.
5. Target
9.1 points
The thesis, position, or purpose is logically advanced throughout. The progression of ideas is coherent and unified. A clear and logical conclusion aligns to the development of the purpose.
4. Acceptable
7.73 points
The thesis, position, or purpose is advanced in most aspects. Ideas clearly build on each other. Conclusion aligns to the development of the purpose.
3. Approaching
6.82 points
Limited advancement of thesis, position, or purpose is discernable. There are inconsistencies in organization or the relationship of ideas. Conclusion is simplistic and not fully aligned to the development of the purpose.
2. Insufficient
5.92 points
Writing lacks logical progression of the thesis, position, or purpose. Some organization is attempted, but ideas are disconnected. Conclusion is unclear and not supported by the overall development of the purpose.
1. Unsatisfactory
0 points
No advancement of the thesis, position, or purpose is evident. Connections between paragraphs are missing or inappropriate. No conclusion is offered.
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Evidence
7.8 points
Criteria Description
Selects and integrates evidence to support and advance position/purpose; considers other perspectives.
5. Target
7.8 points
Specific and appropriate evidence is included. Relevant perspectives of others are clearly considered.
4. Acceptable
6.63 points
Relevant evidence that includes other perspectives is used.
3. Approaching
5.85 points
Evidence is used but is insufficient or of limited relevance. Simplistic explanation or integration of other perspectives is present.
2. Insufficient
5.07 points
Evidence is limited or irrelevant. The interpretation of other perspectives is superficial or incorrect.
1. Unsatisfactory
0 points
Evidence to support the thesis, position, or purpose is absent. The writing relies entirely on the perspective of the writer.
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Mechanics of Writing
7.8 points
Criteria Description
Includes spelling, capitalization, punctuation, grammar, language use, sentence structure, etc.
5. Target
7.8 points
No mechanical errors are present. Appropriate language choice and sentence structure are used throughout.
4. Acceptable
6.63 points
Few mechanical errors are present. Suitable language choice and sentence structure are used.
3. Approaching
5.85 points
Occasional mechanical errors are present. Language choice is generally appropriate. Varied sentence structure is attempted.
2. Insufficient
5.07 points
Frequent and repetitive mechanical errors are present. Inconsistencies in language choice or sentence structure are recurrent.
1. Unsatisfactory
0 points
Errors in grammar or syntax are pervasive and impede meaning. Incorrect language choice or sentence structure errors are found throughout.
collapse Format/Documentation assessment
Format/Documentation
5.2 points
Criteria Description
Uses appropriate style, such as APA, MLA, etc., for college, subject, and level; documents sources using citations, footnotes, references, bibliography, etc., appropriate to assignment and discipline.
5. Target
5.2 points
No errors in formatting or documentation are present.
4. Acceptable
4.42 points
Appropriate format and documentation are used with only minor errors.
3. Approaching
3.9 points
Appropriate format and documentation are used, although there are some obvious errors.
2. Insufficient
3.38 points
Appropriate format is attempted, but some elements are missing. Frequent errors in documentation of sources are evident.
1. Unsatisfactory
0 points
Appropriate format is not used. No documentation of sources is provided.

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