In preparation for the Essays and by completing your textbook readings, you will be equipped to summarize themes and content, summarize the history of Israel and categorize each book for historical significance (Syllabus MLOs: B, C, D, E).
You will write 3 essays (double spaced, 12-point Times New Roman font). Essays must be 1,200–1,500 words each. Essay 1 corresponds to the Essay 1 prompt as listed below. Essay 2 corresponds with the Essay 2 prompt, etc. through all 3 essays. Each essay is a separate assignment. In completing each essay, research must be conducted through 2–4 academic resources (peer-reviewed commentaries, monographs, and journal articles) in addition to the Bible and The Essence of the Old Testament: A Survey textbook. Format each essay using current APA, MLA, or Turabian style (whichever corresponds to your degree program).
Essay Question 1
Answer the following set of questions in an essay that traces the history of the United Kingdom Period: During the time of Samuel, why did the people of Israel desire a king? Why was Saul chosen, and, ultimately, why was he rejected? What attribute did David display that made him a better king than Saul? What sin did Solomon commit that ultimately led to the division of Israel after his death?
In writing this essay, analyze the three primary figures of Israel’s United Kingdom Period (Saul, David, and Solomon). Pay special attention to points of contrast and comparison between these figures, and how they are presented by the narrators of the historical books of the Old Testament (1&2 Samuel, 1 Kings, and 1&2 Chronicles).
Submit Essay 1 by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Monday of Module/Week 4.
Essay Question 2
Describe the teachings of Hebrew wisdom on diligence and laziness. Hebrew (Old Testament) wisdom literature is found primarily in the books of Proverbs, Job, and Ecclesiastes, but for this assignment Proverbs and Ecclesiastes will provide the most relevant content (drawn from proverbs and sayings dealing with the subject of diligence versus laziness). The intent of this essay is to develop and articulate a synthesis of wisdom’s teachings on work ethics. Include Scripture references and quotations as appropriate, but keep the focus on the books of Proverbs and Ecclesiastes (and do not confuse “Hebrew wisdom literature” with the New Testament book of Hebrews).
Submit Essay 2 by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Monday of Module/Week 6.