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TEOL2735: Biblical Exegesis

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Person responsible for the course:Matthew Phillip Monger (
Credit points (ECTS):10
Start of studies:Spring
Study programme:Bachelor's degree programme - Bachelor of Theology
Bachelor's degree programme - Bachelor in Theology, Religion and Society
Department:Department of Theology and Ministry

Examination dates/written assignment deadlines

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1 Final deadline to withdraw from examination

Examination typeDate / DeadlineWithdrawal deadline 1
Final submission of essay – New and postponed - N.B. Own rules for access.2020-08-17 17. Aug 20202020-08-02 2. Aug 2020
Submission deadline:12:00
Release date for results: 7. Sep 2020

General information

This course focuses on the interpretation of a selection of Old and New Testament texts. The aim of the course is for the students to be able apply the methods and tools learned in earlier courses and to develop their exegetical skills. Students will strengthen their ability to study different genres of biblical texts from a historical critical, literary and theological perspectives, and learn to produce coherent exegetical papers on a selection of texts. This will not only teach the students how to study the texts presented in this course, but will establish strategies for interpreting other biblical texts.
Prerequisites: TEOL1715 and TEOL2725.

Overlapping courses

TEOL2735 overlaps with TEOL2715. Students who have already completed TEOL2715 will receive 0 credit points (ECTS) for TEOL2735 on their transcript of records or diploma.

Course requirements

As a result of the corona situation there may be changes in the assessment forms (course requirements and / or exam) spring semester 2020. Any changes will be announced in the relevant Canvas-room. All students must stay continuously updated on these changes.
In order to receive a final assessment, the student must:
  • Attend 60% of the lectures
  • Submit and have approved an exegetical paper with a word count of 2000-2500 words. The paper must include correctly formatted references and a bibliography. See Syllabus for details, due date and topics.
  • Participate in the electronic evaluation of the course if such evaluation is stipulated in the relevant term.
When course requirements are not fulfilled, this will count as one examination attempt, unless the student withdraws before the set deadline (1 May/November).

Final assessment

For the spring semester 2020 the final assessment in the course will be based on the following assessment form:
To gain credit for the course the student must fulfill all the course requirements and submit a final, revised version of the essay they submitted for the course requirement. The essay makes up 100% of the final assessment, and is assessed with grades A-F.
This assessment form vil also be used on new and deferred exams.
For other semesters than the spring semester of 2020, the following assessment form will be used:
The final assessment for this course is a 4-hour written exam. In order to receive a final assessment, the student must fulfill the course requirements within the fixed deadline. The course and final exam will be graded as A-E (Pass) or F (Fail).

Course objective and content

The student has:
  • a good knowledge of the books of composition and historical setting of Genesis, Exodus, Psalms, Isaiah, Luke, Acts and Galatians.
  • knowledge of historical and/or literary interpretations of the following texts:
Gen. 1:1-2:3; 12:1-9; Ex. 3:1-4:17; Psalms 8, 110; Isaiah 7:1-17; 40:1-11; 52:13-53:12; Luke 1:1-4, 2:1-20; 4:16-30; 11:1-13; 15; 24:1-53: Acts 1-2; 9:1-35; 10; 15:1-35; Galatians 1:13-16; 2:1-3:29; 5:13-26
The student can:
  • apply historical critical methods to biblical texts
  • apply literary critical methods to biblical texts
  • discuss the historical meaning of a selection of biblical texts
  • write a coherent exegetical paper pertaining to a selection biblical texts


To access electronic literature when you are not at MF:
Log in to Oria, or use "External access" in the library's list of databases.

  • Arnold, B. T. (2009). Genesis (p. 1-19, 27-51, 125-136). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Library (Compendium)
  • Bruce, F. F. (1988). The book of the Acts (Rev. ed., p. 1-75, 119-197, 201-218, 282-300). Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans. Library. Hentet fra
  • Fung, R. Y. K. (1988). The epistle to the Galatians (Gal 1,1-16; 2,11-21, 3,26-4,7; 5,13-6.2, 6,11-18 (62 vers)). Grand Rapids, Mich: William B. Eerdmans. Library. Hentet fra
  • Green, J. B. (1997). The Gospel of Luke (p. 1-46, 120-138, 206-219, 437-452, 568-588, 835-863). Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans. Library. Hentet fra
  • Meyers, C. L. (2005). Exodus (p. 1-20, 51-62). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Library (Compendium)
  • Sweeney, M. A. (1996). Isaiah 1-39: With an introduction to prophetic literature (p. 16-62, 112-120, 143-164). Grand Rapids, Mich: Eerdman. Library (Compendium)
  • Sweeney, M. A. (2016). Isaiah 40-66 (p. 41-51, 206-219). Grand Rapids, Mich.: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company. Library (Compendium)
  • de Claissé-Walford, N., Jacobson, R. A. & LaNeel Tanner, B. (2014). The Book of Psalms (p. 1-47, 120-128, 834-838). Grand Rapids, Michigan: Eerdmans. Library (Compendium)

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