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The Book of Revelations

I will need the paper completed and sent back to me by Wednesday, April 27, 2016 by 11pm to my email provided. Exegetical Research Paper (8-10 double-spaced pages). See guidelines below. The due date for electronic submission in Word to professor’s email account is: 11:00 PM, Thursday, April 28, 2016-----Exegetical Research Paper Guidelines 1. Select one focal passage of manageable length (not too short, not too long—just right . . .) from one of the following: a. The book of Acts. You may select one of the texts covered in the audio lectures for further investigation or another one that interests you. b. The letters of Paul. You may select one of the texts discussed in the Furnish book for further investigation or another one that interests you. c. The book of Revelation. If you have any question about the size of passage you selected, please run it by the professor. And please choose a text that you really want to learn more about—that matters to you! 2. This is an exegetical research paper, designed to introduce you to the main tools of academic biblical study. “Exegesis/exegetical” is just fancy term used in biblical scholarship for providing a in-depth, critical examination and exposition of a particular passage in light of current methods of study. I know that this is an online course, but you are still expected to make a visit (or two!) to our world-class theological library (Union’s Morton Library) and to know how to use the Union Library website. Alternatively, if you live too far away, you should be able to find a good theological library in your area. You will simply be cheating yourself if you have no direct connection to a quality theological library. Two principal types of sources must be consulted: a. Critical Commentaries Standard critical commentaries may be found in the library’s reference room (with some duplicate volumes in the main stacks available for checkout. Most of the best commentaries are included in series. The following series are highly recommended: New Interpreter’s Bible Sacra Pagina (SP) Abingdon New Testament Commentaries (ANTC) Yale Anchor Bible (AB) New International Critical Commentary on the New Testament (NICNT) New Testament Library (NT) Smyth & Helwys (SH) Hermeneia Word Biblical Commentary (WBC) Pillar New Testament Commentaries (PNTC) Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament (BECNT) There are also some good individual, “stand alone” commentaries (not part of a series) on each book of the NT. But please consult with professor before using these. In any case, no popular “devotional” commentaries (such as Matthew Henry) should be used for this project. You should consult at least five (5) critical commentaries on your passage. Of course, you may look at more, if you wish. You should easily be able to find the discussion of your particular passages in the commentaries. b. Academic Journal Articles These are accessible through the ATLA data base on the Union Library site. To search, you may use passage references (e.g. Acts 5:1-11) or topics (e.g. Ananias and Sapphira). There are readily downloadable pdf. versions of many of these articles. Others can be easily found in the hard copy journals in the library. You must consult at least 2 academic articles for this paper. 3. The heart of the exegetical paper will be addressing key interpretive issues—with special attention to matters of literary and theological context, language, rhetoric, and social and historical background, as they relate to the issues (see rubric below). 4. Make sure you bring your paper to some conclusion (that doesn’t mean you will have solved all the issues), and provide a final assessment or theological reflection (a substantial paragraph or two) of the “relevance” or “application” of your study to contemporary life and ministry. How might you “preach/teach” this in a specific setting of your choice? What angle might you take? 5. The paper should run 8-12 pages in length, be written in your best English style, and follow the SBL Handbook of Style for biblical references and footnotes. Footnotes should include full bibliographic information in the first citation and then abbreviated form thereafter. No separate bibliography is required at the end, except if you choose to list some “Works Consulted” that were not incorporated into your paper. Here are some basic samples of proper footnote style: Basic Commentary in a Series Author First Name, Author Last Name, Title of Book (Series [you may use abbreviation] and Number [if available]; City of Publication: Publisher, Year of Publication), Page Number(s). Raymond F. Collins, First Corinthians (SP 7; Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2006), 28-35. New Interpreter’s Bible (a special case) Author First Name, Author Last Name, “Article Title of Commentary,” in Long Title of Entire Volume. Vol. Number of New Interpreter’s Bible (ed. Leander E. Keck; Nashville: Abingdon Press, Year of Publication of particular volume), Page Number(s). N. T. Wright, “Letter to the Romans,” in Acts, Introduction to Epistolary Literature, Letter to the Romans, First Letter to the Corinthians. Vol. 10 of New Interpreter’s Bible (ed. Leander E. Keck; Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2002), 538-789. Journal Article: Author First Name, Last Name, “Article Title,” Journal Title Volume Number (Year): Page Numbers. F. Scott Spencer, “Metaphor, Mystery, and the Salvation of Israel in Romans 9-11,” Review and Expositor 103 (2006): 113-38. Essay/Chapter in Multi-Authored Book Essay Author First Name, Last Name, “Essay Title,” in Book Title (ed. Editor First Name Last Name; City of Publisher: City, Year of Publication), Page Numbers. F. Scott Spencer, “The Narrative of Luke-Acts: Getting to Know the Savior God,” in Issues in Luke-Acts: Selected Essays (ed. Sean A. Adams and Michael Pahl; Piscataway, NJ: Gorgias Press, 2012), 121-45. Exegetical Research Paper: Scoring Assessment Rubric Rating Criteria A = Excellent  Thesis: Clear, focused, identifiable  Structure: o Carefully organized to support thesis from beginning to end o Argument progresses coherently  Style/Mechanics: o Proper spelling, punctuation, syntax, word choice o Clear, well-formed sentences o Flowing, internally cohesive paragraphs o Follows SBL Handbook citation style  Research o Complies with prescribed number, currency and quality of scholarly books and journal sources o Effectively integrates research into one’s own analysis; avoids stringing citations together o Properly credits and cites sources in foot/endnotes and bibliography (following SBL Handbook)  Exegesis o Treats text first and foremost; focuses on key issues in text; avoids extraneous matters o Employs clear and appropriate exegetical methods o Pays close attention to immediate literary and canonical contexts o Exegetical conclusions based on observations, not assumptions o Advances beyond merely paraphrasing text o Manifests appropriate understanding of OT/NT relationship  Theological Reflections o Derive directly from exegesis o Speak significantly to the contemporary church o Appreciate social contexts of both ancient text and modern interpreter; avoid simplistic modern “application” and rush to “relevance”
I will need the paper completed and sent back to me by Wednesday, April 27, 2016 by 11pm to my email provided. Exegetical Research Paper (8-10 double-spaced pages). See guidelines below. The due date for electronic submission in Word to professor’s email account is: 11:00 PM, Thursday, April 28, 2016-----Exegetical Research Paper Guidelines 1.
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