Essay/ Term Paper (30% of final grade)
A 3000 to 5000 word essay (about 10 to 15 pages) must be submitted on the topic of the meaning and application of 2 Corinthians 5:17-21. Please do not go over the limit. Papers that go under the limit will be graded down. (Students who wish to choose an alternate passage must seek the approval of the professor by the third week of class).
The purpose of the essay is to explain the main point(s) or major idea(s) of the passage. The essay does not need to deal with everything in the passage. The following points must be kept in mind as you compose your essay.
• The essay should follow the method of interpretation laid out in Understanding Scripture by the Mickelsens as well as Fee & Stuart. Make this method clear in your essay.
• Essays must also cite at least four biblical commentaries. Commentaries are generally used to 1] find out information that you could not find yourself (example, the meaning of a word in Greek, if you do not control that language), 2] see if you made an obvious mistake (in light of the data gained from the commentary, and 3] show you reasons why the author chose to interpret the text as he or she did. This last function is most important. See the Course Bibliography for suggestions on commentaries. NOTE: the university library has commentaries in e-book format as well, which can be virtually checked out wherever you are. On 2 Corinthians look up: Shillington, V.G. 2 Corinthians. Scottdale, PA.: Herald Press, 1998.
• Essays should be written in standard essay format; beginning with a thesis, moving on to the body of the essay, and then a conclusion (which restates the main point or meaning of the passage. All sources (for ideas as well as quotes) must be cited appropriately.
• Essays must go beyond the conclusion (regarding the meaning) to make an application of the meaning of the passage to some aspect of contemporary life.
• The essay is a research paper, but in its conclusions it calls for your opinion on the meaning of the passage, expressing your understanding of the passage and how you would apply it to contemporary people or life. However, this must be an informed opinion, using the tools and data found in this course to come to the best understanding that you can.
The Term paper is worth 30% of your final grade.