David R. Bauer



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Course Objectives. A. Methodology. The student should be able to: 1. Employ structural observations for the interpretation of individual passages within the book, as well as for the interpretation of the book as a whole. 2. Raise various kinds of interpretive questions, and answer these questions, based on the use of exegetical determinants; 3. Employ various kinds of relevant evidence, including that which involves exegetical use of the original languages, in a process of inferential reasoning for the interpretation of individual passages within the book, as well as for the book as a whole. 4. Synthesize the interpretation of units of various lengths, such as the paragraph, the segment, the section (division), and the book as a whole; 5. Use aspects of methodology that are especially relevant for narrative material; 6. Evaluate and apply truths that emerge from the interpretation of the material. 7. Articulate the major issues involved in the movement from text to proclamation; move from the interpretation and application of the text towards its proclamation; and integrate the interpretation and application of a passage in Acts with that of a correlative passage from the Old Testament so as to move toward a sermon (or teaching lesson) based on both an Old Testament and New Testament text. B. Content. The student should be able to: 1. Think through the (general) contents of the book without recourse to the printed text. 2. Describe thoroughly the meaning and development of major themes in the Book of Acts, citing individual passages and other specific data to support conclusions; 3. Identify significant passages in the Book of Acts and interpret them contextually; 4. Demonstrate an acquaintance with some of the major commentaries on the Book of Acts; 5. Demonstrate a general knowledge of the critical problems surrounding the Book of Acts, including the relationship between this book and the history of the early church as well as its relationship to other New Testament writings. C. Attitude. The student should: 1. Appreciate the value of the Book of Acts for faith, experience, understanding and ministry; 2. Desire to make the Book of Acts the object of continued serious study throughout life; 3. Intend to employ seriously the Book of Acts in preaching and teaching within the context of the church.

Publication Date

January 2006


Asbury Theological Seminary


Bible, Wilmore, Acts, Kentucky, Inductive, Study, January, Luke



NT 636 The Book of Acts