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“Tracing the Argument”

“I am convinced that tracing the structure of the argument in the Pauline epistles is the most important step in the exegetical process.”

Tom Schreiner

In chapter 6 of his book Interpreting the Pauline Epistles, Pauline studies expert Tom Schreiner explains the importance of careful and thoughtful handling of the complex arguments in Paul’s letters. He then asks, “So where does the student turn to find a method that will help him or her to reconstruct the line of reasoning in a Pauline text?”

Why, to bracketing and arcing of course. Read the full chapter to learn more about why Professor Schreiner considers these methods to be valuable tools, and to learn more about arcing and bracketing.

See also our posts on What is Arcing and What is Bracketing.

5 comments for ““Tracing the Argument”

  1. William Hogg
    November 2, 2014 at 4:21 AM

    First of all, I have nothing but praise for Biblearc and the Biblearc blog. Now that you are getting a significant number of posts on your site, I was wondering if you would consider adding a tag listing or (better yet) a calendar that you can click on to go to the posts of that day. I see the recent posts list, but it does not go back far enough.

    For those of us wanting to reference the very first posts in the blog, this would save a substantial amount of scrolling and repeatedly clicking the “older posts” button.

    Thank you again for this exciting resource.


    • November 2, 2014 at 8:09 AM

      Good suggestion. I have added an “Archives” list on the bottom of the right bar when viewing a post.

  2. Steve
    November 10, 2014 at 9:50 AM

    I have found it useful to include in my study of Fuller’s syntactic analysis method the slideshow version or pdf version of a teaching sponsored by Bethlehem College and Seminary which is called “Arcing the Word of God”. By the way, would you please re-direct me to the URL where that resource is located. I have been unable to find it recently. Thank you.

    • November 10, 2014 at 1:15 PM

      To find this document, open up and create a new Arcing 101 module. You will find at the bottom of the first page links to this document in three different formats.

      • Steve
        November 13, 2014 at 10:58 PM

        thank you. I appreciate your help.

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