Interpret the New Testament for yourself. Use the provided procedure to develop your scripture passage analysis paper.

An Analysis of Matthew 28:16-20

This semester you will begin learning how to interpret the New Testament for yourself. You will do this by critically analyzing a selection in the New Testament.

Use the following procedure to develop your Scripture Passage Analysis Paper.

1. You will be assigned a particular selection from the New Testament to study.

2. Become familiar with the selection by comparing at least four(4) translations of the New Testament. (See Resource List.) What is the selection about? Read it aloud. Note the differences in translations.


4. Using the heading in your New Oxford Annotated Bible (bottom of the page) to guide you, read the sections before and after your selection. They may or may not be closely connected to your selected passage. Do they help you understand your selection? You may benefit from reading the entire book.

5. Relate the footnotes and study notes in your New Oxford Annotated Bible and one other study Bible (see approved resources list) to the selection you are studying. Begin to look for leads on the following matters:

a. Are there textual questions you need to understand?
b. What is the grammatical structure and literary type of the passage? You probably would benefit by drawing a diagram or mind map of the selection.
c. What key terms (“loaded” words) are used by the author? Make a list. Study about these words in the Bible dictionaries. How are the words used in your passage?
d. What about the writer and original audience’s circumstances (contexts) sheds light on the meaning of your selection?

6. Try to find explanations in the Cory text that will help you understand your selection.

7. Chase down answers in Bible concordances, dictionaries, atlases, encyclopedias, histories, and other special tools. Bible dictionaries are especially important for looking up key “loaded” words; the use of at least one (1) Bible dictionary is required for the requirements of the paper.

8. Study the comments on your selection in at least one (1) of the one-volume Bible commentary (from approved list), looking for (a) answers to your questions and/or (b) suggestions about the passage’s meaning.

9. Study the comments in at least three (3) full-scale/multi-volume scholarly commentaries (from approved list), comparing the conclusions to which the commentators come. If you find a commentary that looks good which is not on the list of sets recommended, check with the professors.

10. Try your hand at writing out a paraphrase of your passage—as you have come to understand it, in your own words.

11. In your own words, write out an answer to the question: What is this passage about? What does it say about that?

12. What are your suggestions about how the message(s) in the selection might be applied to life today?

13. In your own words, write up your finds. Document the sources of the ideas and information you use.

Interpret the New Testament for yourself. Use the provided procedure to develop your scripture passage analysis paper.