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BIBL 315 E - Contemporary Issues in Biblical Studies: Home


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Welcome to the BIBL 315 E Research Guide! In this guide, you will find links to commentaries, dictionaries, encyclopedias and other reference sources that you can request, check out, or access online! In addition, you'll find links to several research databases you can search to find scholarly research articles and dissertations. Please don't hesitate to reach out if you have questions!

Your Assignment


Students are required to submit a research paper interpreting a biblical text. This research paper will require an outline, a draft, and a revision for the final paper. This assignment will focus on a close reading of a biblical passage from the Old Testament. Students will write 1,300-1,500 words that demonstrate understanding of the socio-historical background of the text, strong engagement of the content of the biblical passage, thoughtful reflection about the interpretation of the passage in the life of the Church and ministry.

In forming the paper the following breakdown of content is recommended: 30% on the socio- historical background of the passage; 40% interpreting the content of the passage; 30% discussion (optional) of how you would present the passage in a ministry context such as a Bible study, a sermon, or a youth talk.

As a course designed for Bible majors and minors, each student will choose a research topic according to her/his own interests. The research paper will require approval by the Professor.


Students will submit a one-page outline that contains the following: thesis statement or topic question to research, an organized outline of the major parts and subparts of the paper (not a disorganized list of bullet points). Due Tues Mar 12 before 2:45 pm.

First draft of minimum 900 words will be due by Thurs, March 21 before 2:45 pm.

Final draft will be due by Tues, April 23 before 2:45 pm via


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