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. Essay 1 corresponds to the Essay 1 prompt as listed below. Essay 2 corresponds with the Essay 2 prompt, etc. through all 4 essays. Each essay is a separate assignment. In completing each essay, research must be conducted through 2–4 peer-reviewed, scholarly sources in addition to the Bible and The Essence of the Old Testament: A Survey textbook. Format each essay using current APA, MLA, or Turabian style (whichever corresponds to your degree program).
Essay Question 1: Biblical Worldview
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The Holy Scriptures consisting of the Old and New Testaments form the starting point and foundation for a biblical worldview. 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. Address each of these topics in your essay (it is suggested that you organize your essay around these 4 broad categories).
Your essay must include an introduction with a clearly-stated thesis. Your essay must have a conclusion that connects 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...