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TM204 Preaching Law and Narrative Assignment Titles


TM204 Law and Narrative

For WEMTC: This module explores and evaluates the different ways First Testament Law and Narrative may be read in order to find meaning suitable for preaching today. On the basis that both Law and Narrative may have had original sermonic settings it then explores how law and narrative formats and methods might influence the form and method of our preaching.

On this page you will find sample assignment titles for WEMTC Students. Assignment titles are changed from time to time so these titles may not mirror exactly the actual lists given in class. Do not take a title from this web site unless you are sure that it is the same as your class list. If there are major differences please notify me and I will update this page.



Law and Narrative - Assignment Titles 2004


Assignment 1

The assessment will consist of

Notes

The Sermon

  1. Please choose a brief narrative passage (around 8-10 verses) for the sermon, anything longer is be too much.
  2. Please clear the passage with me before beginning
  3. I can advise on reading that will be of particular help on your chosen passage

The Justification

This will need to justify

  1. The interpretation of the story - how you present the characters, and understand the plot in the light of the appendices. As close readings usually produce several interpretations - only one of which you may be using, you will need to explain why you have taken a particular interpretative stance
  2. The main theme of the sermon and how it arises out of a close reading of the story. (This should be summarised in one sentence aim)
  3. The Structure of the sermon. Of the various structures for sermons, which have you used and how does it fit the structure of the story given in the Appendix?
The Appendices
  1. You will need to analyse the story in the same way that we analysed Jonah & Jacob in class with the help of books like those of Bar Efrat and Gunn & Fewell e.g. Direct and indirect characterisation, a time graph, a plot graph. Examples of style
  2. Be careful to distinguish raw data and possible interpretations. Most stories when read this way, open up several different possibilities for interpretation. This may be intentional, to open the way for a future plot twist or to enable the story to speak in different ways to different readers, or it may be accidental.

Assignment 2

The assessment will consist of

Notes

The Sermon

  1. Please choose a brief passage of law (max 8-10 verses) for the sermon, anything longer will be too much.
  2. Please clear the passage with me before beginning
  3. I can advise on reading that will be of particular help on your chosen passage

The Justification

This will need to justify

  1. The interpretation of the law - how you understand the law in its original context engaging with any different views that exist.
  2. How you have made the transition from potential meaning in original context to meaning for today and how you have portrayed that meaning in your sermon (content)
  3. How the form of the law and its narrative setting has informed the form of your sermon.
Presentation

There will be an opportunity in week 9 to share some of your findings informally with others to utilise collaborative wisdom.



Law & Narrative - Assignment Titles 2003


Assignment 1

The assessment will consist of

Notes

The Sermon

  1. Please choose a brief passage of law (around 8-10 verses) for the sermon, anything longer will be too much.
  2. Please clear the passage with me before beginning
  3. I can advise on reading that will be of particular help on your chosen passage

The Justification

This will need to justify

  1. The interpretation of the law - how you understand the law in its original context engaging with any different views that exist.
  2. How you have made the transition from potential meaning in original context to meaning for today and how you have portrayed that meaning in your sermon (content)
  3. How the form of the law and its narrative setting has informed the form of your sermon.
Presentation

It is hoped that you will be able to choose a passage fairly early and be able to work on the passage as an example each week. In week 5 one hour will be given to sharing your thoughts so far to help you with the sermon.

Assignment 2

The assessment will consist of

Notes

The Sermon

  1. Please choose a brief narrative passage (around 8-10 verses) for the sermon, anything longer will be too much.
  2. Please clear the passage with me before beginning
  3. I can advise on reading that will be of particular help on your chosen passage

The Justification

This will need to justify

  1. The interpretation of the story - how you present the characters, and understand the plot in the light of the appendices. As close readings usually produce several interpretations - only one of which will be the standard one you will need to explain why you have taken a particular interpretative stance
  2. The main theme of the sermon and how it arises out of a close reading of the story. . (This should be summarised in one sentence aim)
  3. The Structure of the sermon. Of the various structures for sermons, which have you used and how does it fit the structure of the story given in the Appendix?
The Appendices
  1. You will need to analyse the story in the same way that we analysed Jonah & Jacob in class with the help of books like those of Bar Efrat & Gunn & Fewell e.g. Direct and indirect characterisation, a time graph, a plot graph. Examples of style
  2. Be careful to distinguish raw data and possible interpretations. Most stories when read this way, open up several different possibilities for interpretation. This may be intentional, to open the way for a future plot twist or to enable the story to speak in different ways to different readers, or it may be accidental.
Presentation

It is hoped that you will be able to choose a passage fairly early and be able to work on the appendices through the course. In week 5 one hour will be given to sharing your study so far, your analysis and interpretation of the story and your initial thoughts on how you might preach the passage.


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