One objective in BibleJourney is to be able to interpret passages in the Bible from each
literary genre. To help achieve this goal, our approach involves three interpretive
movements. First, there is an initial investigation into a passages literary context. In
this step, we make observations by a careful reading in the text. This is then followed
by an examination of the historical-cultural contexts of the passage. Here, we use
reference works and compare extra-biblical resources to get behind the text. Finally,
we cross the principalizing bridge back into our own context as a means to consider
the theological and practical implications. This puts us squarely in front of the text.
The first assignment of this term is to complete all three of these steps on Micah 6:6-8.
1) Discuss what is in the text (literary structure, themes, genre,
images/symbols, word meanings, etc.).
2) Give background details on issues behind the text (historical, geographical,
cultural, archaeological contexts, ANE parallels, etc.).
3) In front of the text: (the theological connections and practical implications
that arise from the text) Remember that these issues can only bridge the gap
once you have a correct historical understanding of the text.
The length of this assignment should be no more than three pages one for each
section. Think of it more like an outline with notes. Please cite all resources utilized in
your work using Turabian style.
TOOLS: Utilize the different kinds of resources used throughout the semester: Study
Bible; Old Testament introductions, surveys and theologies; Bible dictionaries and
atlases; background and standard commentaries (e.g., the Zondervan Illustrated Bible
Background Commentary) and word study helps (e.g. www.blueletterbible.org,
BibleWorks, or Logos for word searches). For additional helpful resources, remember to
check out the reference section in the library and also the bibliographies on the websit
Your work will be checked with the highest quality standard expectation.
Make sure to dedicate maximum attention to this assignment.