Exegesis Paper
Grading Protocol
Last update: 2 May 2006

A. Preliminary Considerations

Agrees with negotiated choice? No Yes Comment:
Submitted on or before due date? No Yes Comment:
Adjustments to grade? No Yes If "yes," how much?
 

B. CRITIQUE OF CONTENT & PRESENTATION

 
Organization
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Introduction          
Thesis Statement          
Proper Paragraphing          
Sentence Structure          
Conclusion          
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Format
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Bibliography          
Citations          
Orthography          
Punctuation          
Typography          
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Content
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1. What are the immediate and wider literary contexts for this pericope?      
2. In what way(s) is this an appropriate or inappropriate division for the pericope?      
3. What textual critical issues (including parallels) are raised by this pericope? How are these textual critical issues or parallels significant?      
4. Where and when was this pericope written?      
5. Who comprise the intended audience, and what do we know about them? What is the immediate social context (class status, ethnic identity, economic level, etc.) for this work?
     
6. What do we know about the author of this pericope?      
7. What specific event(s) in the life of the author and contemporaries gave rise to this work? What is the wider historical context for this work (i.e., what is happening in the world at large)?      
8. What is the literary genre of the document in which we find this passage? What is the original (oral) form for this specific passage?      
9. What sources did the author use in writing this passage, and how did she/he shape them for this particular context?      
10. What key terms do you find in this passage, and how would the author define them?      
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Interpretation
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11. What is the central idea of this pericope (i.e., what should the audience think/believe)?          
12. What is the author's apparent aim in this passage (i.e., what action should the audience initiate and/or cease doing)? What does the author do (or omit) to make this passage persuasive (or not) to the initial readers?          
13. What in this passage might be persuasive to a contemporary audience? How so? What in this passage might a contemporary audience find lacking or problematic? How so?          
14. In what specific ways has this historical reading of your text added to your understanding of the passage?          
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Total for Part B

Less any adjustments from Part A
 
Total Score for Paper
= A B C D F