NOTE: INNITIALLY IT IS SUPPOSED TO BE A 4 PAGE PAPER BUT I WILL DO THE OTHER PAGE AS I DONT HAVE ENOUGH MONEY FOR ALL THE PAGES. THANK YOU.
Select 1 book from the General Epistles: Hebrews, James, 1 Peter, 2 Peter, 1 John, 2 John, 3 John, Jude.
Using your academic resources, ASK and LISTEN to how scholars address ALL of these elements and write a paper that provides explanations for each. Your paper should be MORE substantial than a Study Bible introduction.
The questions you address will include at least the following (and likely more):
What is the title of the book and its meaning/significance?
Which part of the NT is this book found? What type of genre is this book?
What is the most likely historical background regarding author, dating, recipients, and circumstances, and chronology.
What is the major theme and/or purpose of this particular book? What sub-themes are found throughout the book?
Where does it fit in redemptive history and what function does it serve in advancing the Story of Gods unfolding plan?
What are unique elements to this book that the reader must consider when studying it?
In addition, you will also ASK and LISTEN and ENGAGE with the following questions in the final 2 pages of your paper:
What is one key theological truth (e.g. about Gods sovereignty, humanity, sin, leadership, covenant, kingdom, obedience, messiah, the people of God, and/or the world) that this book particularly emphasizes? What is one way which this book points the reader toward Jesus?
Describe a personal application of something new or striking that you discovered in this book that you can use in your life or ministry. You may share what the book says about your own beliefs, your experiences, or your feelings about the way people should live in the culture and/or in the church. Give at least one specific example that demonstrates your application (Hint: For good examples of appropriate application, see the respective NIVAC for your book).
5. Your paper should be at least 41/2 to 5 pages and not more than 6 pages.
Select the book on which you will do your research.
Re-read any material in your textbook which pertains to your book.
Select at least THREE academic sources listed below or available in the Reference section of the Zondervan Library. The course textbook and Study Bibles do NOT count toward your three sources. Any online resources you use must conform to the Zondervan Library Guidelines.
Follow the explanation above for what should be included in your paper.
Bible Dictionary / Encyclopedia
NT Survey / Introduction / Handbook
IVP Dictionary of the New Testament (2004)
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible [5 Volumes] (2009)
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000)
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible (1988)
New International Bible Dictionary (1999)
Anchor Bible Dictionary (1992-)
New Dictionary of Biblical Theology (2000)
Theological Dictionary of the New Testament (1974-)
New Bible Dictionary (1996)
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979-1988)
New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology and Exegesis (1997)
Gundry, A Survey of the New Testament (2012)
Powell, Introducing the New Testament : a historical, literary, and theological survey(2009)
Tenney, New Testament Survey (1985)
Note: A very helpful guide to New Testament academic resources can be found at http://www.denverseminary.edu/article/annotated-old-testament-bibliography-2012/
Your papers should be printed with the following settings:
Times New Roman, 12 pt, double-spaced, 0pt spacing between paragraphs, 1 margins (If you fail to use these settings, your paper might appear to meet the requirements when it does not)
At the top of page one, put your name and the book you have chosen (no cover page).
Your paper must be at minimum 4 full pages and should not need to be more than 6 pages.
Your papers will be read for clarity, thoughtfulness, and intelligence. You should write with clear and active prose. Proof and check your work carefully before submitting.
Your papers must include proper citation (MLA, APA, or Chicago be consistent). If needed, consult https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/section/2/ to obtain proper citing information.
Your papers will be graded on:
style (i.e., spelling, grammar, format of paper)
content (i.e., your understanding of the subject)
organization (i.e., how well you presented and supported your main statements)
sources (i.e. use of biblical texts and academic resources)