Name: Course: Professor: Date:It is unquestionable that the Bible is the most mysterious religious book ever written since time immemorial. Its mystery can be attributed to diverse factors most notably its dual nature in the sense that the Bible is regarded to be both divine and human at the same time. In particular Christians believe that the Bible was written by humans who were under the inspiration and guidance of the Holy Spirit. In other words the Bible is considered to be the Words of God authored by in the words of individuals in History. With that in mind interpreting the Bible therefore requires careful and thorough examination of the scriptures in order to guarantee that the actual meaning and intent of the author is deciphered. This paper will comprehensively examine the passage postulated in 2nd Corinthians 5:17-21 in order to ascertain the meaning and the main ideas emanating Christ to die for the human race. In reference to the IVP New Testament Commentary the evidence for the pardon of sin was explicit when Jesus Christ was crucified on the cross. The proof that Jesus had no sin is articulated in diverse verses in the Bible such as Hebrew 4:15 which asserts: “For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize in our point of weakness rather we have one who has been tempted in every way just like us and yet He was sinless.”. By the same token Hebrews 7:26 asserts that: “Such a high priest satisfies our deepest needs-one who is pure blameless and Holy set apart from sinners uplifted above the heavens. In a sense the sacrificial death of Jesus on the cross resonates with the Old Testament where animals without blemish were sacrificed by the priest for the forgiveness of sins. Application [...]
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.