“The Message of Hope in Isaiah 40:31: An Exploration of God’s Faithfulness and Renewal for His People”

After the selection of one of the assigned Biblical passages (see below), the student is to identify the message of the biblical author in consultation with Biblical commentaries, dictionaries, and journal articles. After the completion of your research, make a claim (a thesis statement) in the first brief paragraph (do not merely describe your passage). Construct the body of paper so that your claim (thesis statement) above is proven or demonstrated. Consider using the two or three “big ideas” of the claim above to structure the body of the paper logically, using transition and summary statements between effectively. In a brief concluding paragraph, the student should then suggest how the message of the biblical author is to be applied today. Neither a title page or a bibliography are required. Double-space your paper with footnotes and page numbers according to the conventions of The Chicago Manual of Style (abbreviated by Kate L. Turabian, A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations: Chicago Style for Students and Researchers, 9th ed. [Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2018]. Use three peer-reviewed resources of the last generation of scholarship (25-30 years) exclusively. or commentary series and monographs, see some of the top recommendations of http://bestcommentaries.com/Links to an external site. . Do not use contemporary devotional books or the works of Matthew Henry, John Wesley, John Calvin or other important figures of Church History (they are treated in your courses in Church History).
For scholarly journals, use ATLA Religion Database, which can be navigated to via RU Library Database http://libguides.regent.edu/databases?hs=aLinks to an external site. Some of the leading scholarly journals in Old Testament//Hebrew Bible scholarship are the following: Biblica, Biblical Interpretation, Bulletin for Biblical Research, Biblische Zeitschrift, Journal of Biblical Literature, Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, Journal of Hebrew Scriptures, Journal of Near Eastern Studies, Journal for the Study of the Old Testament, Oudtestamentische studien, Tyndale Bulletin, Vetus Testamentum, and Zeitschrift fur die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft.
For word/concept studies and related lexical matters, consult the following:
Willem VanGemeren, ed., New International Dictionary of OT Theology and Exegesis, 5 vols. (Zondervan, 1997)
Ernst Jenni et al. eds., Theological Lexicon of the OT, 3 vols. (Hendrickson, 1997)
G. Johannes Botterweck, eds. et al., Theological Dictionary of the OT, 15 vols. (Eerdmans, 1974-2006)
Strong’s Concordance (1890) and Vine’s Dictionary (1940) are neither contemporary nor peer-reviewed resources. Do not use Hebrew or Greek unless you are trained in them.

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