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