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Monday, May 08, 2006

The fruit of my labors 

Since I put so much time and effort into them, I thought maybe there would be some value in posting the results for the world to see. There is a good bit of content in my leadership papers, but I'll have to go back and check what might be inappropriate for public posting. However, here are the finished products from the three Bible courses I've completed so far:

Spring 2006 - Matthew & Synoptic Issues
This class focused mainly on an expository study of Matthew, with particular emphasis on the theological premise set forth by the gospel writer. Analyzing the book in this fashion helped clarify the "synoptic issue", which gets at the heart of the question "why four gospels?" by suggesting that each writer fulfilled a specific need and developed an argument to that purpose. The work we did in class to understand Matthew's argument served then as a basis to approach one of the other two synoptic gospels and write an 18-25 page paper on it. The Argument of the Gospel of Mark (PDF)

Spring 2005 - Daniel & Revelation
"An exegetical study with the literal, historical, grammatical method of interpretation to all the content and meaning of the books of Daniel and Revelation. Emphasis will be placed upon other major aspects of biblical prophecy and the relationship among Daniel, 1 & II Thessalonians, other apocalyptic books, and Revelation. It includes an examination of the contemporary interpretation of Bible prophecy and an exposition of the futuristic interpretation based on the premillennial and pre-tribulation rapture. Also included is a study of the nature of the book of Revelation with relation to other biblical apocalyptic books."

"Write a 4-5 page paper concerning the order and nature of the resurrections to include Old Testament saints, Church Age believers, converts of the Tribulation, those in natural bodies who die in the Millennium, and non-believers of every age." The Resurrection of the Body - Why? How? And When? (PDF)

"Write a 4-5 page paper discussing the 4 major interpretive schools for understanding the book of Revelation. Each view must be evaluated as to its strengths, weaknesses and practical implications." Interpreting the Revelation - Four Major Schools (PDF)

"Write a 4-5 page paper identifying the '“Babylon'” of Revelation 17-–18. Analyze the strengths and weaknesses of each option regarding its identity. The student'’s own conclusion must be presented and defended." The Identity of Babylon (PDF)

Fall 2004 - 1 Corinthians
The Body for the Lord and the Lord for the Body - Analysis of 1 Corinthians 6:9-20 (PDF)

As is true of all that I offer on the blog, but particularly so of these papers, I welcome and encourage your feedback. Please let me know if you disagree heartily, if you are blessed, or if you have further questions about what I write.

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