Library Research: You will do a research on an Old Testament topic of your interest using the library resources for biblical studies. The resources that you should use include concordances, Bible dictionaries, biblical or theological encyclopedias (or handbooks), commentaries, and journal articles. The length of the research paper should be minimum 4 pages double-spaced (not including the works cited page), and you should cite your sources (either in footnotes or parentheses) and include the list of works cited at the end of the paper. Do not include any work that was not actually cited in your paper. For formatting, use Chicago or Turabian style formatting. See other pages of this guide to learn what resources are available in Zondervan Library.
The topics you can choose from include the creation, law, covenant, Yahweh, sin, conquest of Canaan, herem, goel, hesed, servant of the Lord, Baal, Babylonian exile, Day of Atonement, kingdom, Jerusalem, Jubilee, Moses, Passover, prophets, tabernacle, and temple. For any other topic, please talk to Dr Pak for approval.
Explore the library resources to learn what you can about the topic.
The goal of this paper is to find out what tools are available for your study of the Bible and familiarize yourself with them so that you can use them for the next four years (and beyond.) Submit this as a Word file on the Blackboard Assignment. There is a video clip on the Assignment section of the Blackboard that explains this assignment in more detail.
What topic will you choose? There are a couple of ways to think about your topic:
1/ Find a key passage you wish to explore: e.g. Ezekiel 2: 1-8
Ezekiel’s Call to Be a Prophet (NIV)
He said to me, “Son of man, stand up on your feet and I will speak to you.” As he spoke, the Spirit came into me and raised me to my feet, and I heard him speaking to me. He said: “Son of man, I am sending you to the Israelites, to a rebellious nation that has rebelled against me; they and their ancestors have been in revolt against me to this very day. The people to whom I am sending you are obstinate and stubborn.
2/ Find a theme or idea. Calling or sending of prophets
Word of caution: Themes like "David" or "creation" are too broad. It is much easier to develop a research question that is narrower. For example: What was Bathsheba's role in the succession of Solomon to the kingship after David?