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Lecture3 - The Branches of Theology Lecture 3 The Branches...

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1 Lecture 3 The Branches and Sources of Theology The Branches of Theology 1. Exegetical Theology • Greek ex = out and hegeomai = to lead Exegesis is a “drawing out” of a text’s meaning, rather than reading a meaning into it. Exegetical theology involves studying the grammar and syntax of the biblical languages. The Branches of Theology The study of the theological themes of particular portions of the Bible. Descriptive : seeks to understand the biblical theology in its own context. Normative : seeks to apply the original meaning to us today. 2. Biblical Theology The Branches of Theology The collection of all the passages of the Bible that address particular topics. Asks the question, “What does the Bible say about X?” Though systematic in its approach, it is not the same as “Systematic Theology.” Various Topics 3. Bible Doctrine The Branches of Theology 4. Historical Theology The study of the development of doctrine throughout history. Can be divided into two types of study: diachronic and synchronic. The Branches of Theology 4. Historical Theology Diachronic: Ancient Christology Medieval Christology Modern Christology Synchronic: Doctrines of the Ancient Church Doctrines of the Medieval Church Doctrines of the Modern Church However you do it, the main thing is that you do it!
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