Step 8: Main Themes and Theological Message

Discuss the main themes in the passage as well as the theology that is emphasized in the text. In this section you are synthesizing the results of your study, looking at the message of the passage as a whole. Some questions to consider: What are the main themes or sub-themes in the passage? What is the main overall message of the passage? Is there a main argument? What is its purpose? Are there certain theological traditions or themes alluded to in the passage (i.e. Exodus, Covenant, Creation theology, etc) which are found elsewhere in the biblical canon? Does the passage echo and clarify earlier passages? Is it echoed or developed in later passages (intertextuality)? Why was this passage included in the book? What theological truths are communicated? Summarize your conclusions.

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