You will write 4 essays (double spaced, 12-point Times New Roman font). The first essay must be 1,000–1,200 words, and the following essays must be 750–1,000 words each. All essays will be responding to the following 4 Old Testament question prompts. While additional research is encouraged, you must rely upon the Bible and The Essence of the Old Testament textbook as primary sources. Format each essay using current APA, MLA, or Turabian style (whichever corresponds to your degree program).
Essay Question 1: Biblical Worldview
Rationale for the Biblical Worldview Essay
Every person has a worldview whether he realizes it or not. What is a worldview? James W. Sire ...view middle of the document...
More specifically, the revealed history and narrative commentary in Genesis 1–11 provides a sure foundation for biblical theology that when applied to the heart and mind of individuals, manifests itself in a biblical worldview.
While Genesis 1–11 does far more than address worldview matters, it does by extension address most of the “inescapable questions of life.” Theologically, Genesis 1–11 answers questions regarding God’s existence, his nature, man’s origins, his relationship to creation, God, and his fellow man (and woman). Also, Genesis 1–11 reveals the history and reality pertaining to the origin of sin, the fallen condition, and the imposition of limitation placed upon mankind. Finally, in Genesis 1–11 we see the promise of redemption that provides the theological trajectory flowing through the rest of scripture. Understood in the context of worldview and its practical application to daily life and experience, Genesis 1–11 addresses such issues as the sanctity of life, the sanctity of marriage, role relationships, racial harmony, the importance of family, creation care, and a broad array of other social, political, and personal matters.
Instructions for the Biblical Worldview Essay
In a 1,000–1,200-word essay, describe what Genesis 1–11 teaches regarding the natural world, human identity, human relationships, and civilization. Furthermore, explain how this teaching on these topics affects your worldview. Make sure that you address each of these topics in your essay (it is suggested that you organize your essay around these four broad categories).
Your essay should include an introduction with a clearly stated thesis. Your essay should have a conclusion that ties together the main points with a reiteration of the thesis. The body of your essay must address the specified components of the assignment, with a focus on worldview and its implementation in the modern context. Do not just summarize the content of Genesis 1–11. Rather, build your essay around the required worldview categories (natural world, human identity, human relationships, and civilization), the basis for a specific set of...