This research guide is designed around the basic types of Bible resources available to our students for beginning a biblical exegesis paper. Many instructors also design their assignments with these basic research resources in mind. Therefore this guide has several sections based on the most common types of Bible tools.
Be certain that you fully understand your professor’s instructions for your paper (often an exegesis of a text), since there is room in the process for individual variations. Needless to say, always follow your instructor's requirements and advice!
The typical steps involved in doing exegetical work can include the following:
Although your professor may have specific instructions that differ from what this guide presents, here are the basic steps common to most exegesis papers. You may go step-by-step, or jump to the topic of interest to you.
1. Choose a Passage
2. Examine the Historical, Cultural, and Literary Background
3. Perform Exegesis of Each Verse
4. Offer an Overall Interpretation
5. Provide an Application of the Passage
There is an additional thing you need to consider:
* Document Your Sources Correctly (See Citing Materials tab above).
First, Choose a Passage.