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A basic course in inductive Bible studies. The primary purpose is to enable the student to begin developing an inductive approach to Bible study, especially in the areas of observation and interpretation. Parts of the Gospel of Matthew are used to demonstrate and to practice a methodical approach which can be used in other biblical books. Some of the main themes of the Gospel are highlighted in the process. NT500 (or 501) must be completed or taken concurrently with NT(IBS)510. (May be taken by students in M.A. programs not requiring Greek by special arrangement with the professor.) This course seeks to introduce the student to the "inductive method" of biblical study, and to direct this interpretive approach to the Gospel of Matthew. This orientation implies several things, including (1) an emphasis upon methodology and methodological concerns, and (2) a strong commitment to direct, independent study of the biblical text, with secondary sources (e.g., commentaries, grammars, dictionaries of the Bible) to be consulted by the student only after extensive, firsthand study has been completed. The English Bible (RSV/NRSV) as well as the Greek New Testament (either UBS/Nestle or Interlinear) will serve as the basis for study, and students are encouraged to make use of the original whenever practicable.
Asbury Theological Seminary
Fall, Matthew, 2002, Gospel, NTIBS510