Purpose: In the field of biblical study it is  important for students to be able to access good quality academic  sources in pursuit of answers for questions stimulated by their study of  the text. This essay provides students an opportunity to research a  question of their choosing through the use of the theological resources  available through the ACU library. This essay also provides an  opportunity for the student to practice expressing their thoughts and  ideas in print.

Skills: The purpose of this assignment is to help  you practice the following skills that are essential to your success in  this course, in the field of biblical studies and at this university.

These skills are:

o          understanding basic factual and conceptual knowledge

o          applying basic disciplinary tools to identifying sources, and

o          analyzing the sources as to their appropriateness

           to the research question

o          weighing the evidence of competing interpretations and choosing the most convincing

o          synthesizing the material and constructing a brief but coherent essay

o          drawing conclusions and inferences in support of a thesis

Knowledge: This assignment will also help you to become familiar with the following important content knowledge in this discipline:

  • Scholarly journals in the field of biblical studies
  • Quality academic commentaries and dictionaries in the field of biblical studies

Task: The student will first select a  question/research topic from the course textbook listed in the To Dig  Deeper section at the conclusion of each chapter. Then the student will  contact the theological library staff for assistance is identifying  quality academic sources for their question. Next the student will read  the material and develop a thesis in response to the question they have  chosen. At this point the student will write the essay (600-800 words)  using their sources to address the chosen question in support of their  thesis. The students will insure the essay ends with a conclusion in  response to their thesis.

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