Essay: gospel character



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ESSAY: GOSPEL CHARACTER

Choose one of the characters described in the NT during the ministry of Christ. Using Bible Encyclopedia, Bible Dictionaries, Bible Commentaries, other reference works, find out as much as you can about the character, and what we can learn from their life.


GUIDELINES:

  • Title page.

  • Give biographical information (background, family history, occupation, etc).

  • Discuss their personality, disposition and character traits; support your claims.

  • Discuss the importance of this character to the gospel story.

  • What can we learn from this person’s strengths and weaknesses? Be specific.

  • Double space the essay for marking purposes.

  • Include a reference page

  • Length - 700 words minimum.

Topics

Mary, mother of Jesus Peter Herod

Anna John (disciple) the Wisemen

John the Baptist Thomas James (disciple)

Samaritan Woman Judas Iscariot Zacchaeus

Martha Nicodemus Pontius Pilate

Mary, sister of Martha Caiaphas Nathanael

Mary Magdalene Jairus Philip

Andrew Zachariah
ESSAY HELPS

Before you start writing:


  • Read from several sources (especially books) about your topic

  • Get a good understanding of your topic

Start taking notes:

  • Record important information from your sources (either typed or written)

  • Your essay is not very long, so you need to get the general information, not all the details.

Organizing your essay:

Below is one way of organizing your essay to make it logical.

Paragraph 1 Introduce your topic

Paragraph 2 Biographical information

Paragraph 3 Disposition / Character Traits / Personality

Paragraph 4 Importance of individual to the gospel story

Paragraph 5 Personal Application

Paragraph 6 Conclusion


Biblical References:

  • Make sure you use biblical references at least 2 times in your essay to support your writing

  • Examples: In Matthew 5:39, Jesus tells us not to take revenge on others.

In Matthew 5:39, Jesus says, “Resist not evil.”

Jesus told the multitudes, “Resist not evil” (Matthew 5:39).


Non-biblical citations:

  • In your essay, use “non-biblical” citations (book, commentary, website) at least twice, to support your writing. A citation is when you quote from, or refer to, one of your sources in your essay.

  • For Books:

    • Matthew Henry writes that Christians should not be vengeful (Henry, p. 112).

    • Matthew Henry writes, “Refraining from revenge comes from God” (Henry, p. 112).

  • For Internet Sources:

    • If author and date are known, use the same format as books (above) except put the date instead of the page number.

    • If author is unknown, use the title, or if it’s long, the first few words of the title

    • If date is unknown, use n.d.

    • Example: Many believe that God allowed revenge in the Old Testament, and that Jesus changed that in the New Testament, but that is not the case (“Does God Allow…”, n.d.)


Reference Page:

List all resources you used in writing your essay, excluding your Bible. See example below. Use a single sheet for your reference page, with nothing else on it.

List them alphabetically. You must use at least one book. You must use at least 2 sources.

For books:

Author last name, first initial. Title. Place of Publishing: Publisher, Year.

Henry, M. Matthew Henry Commentary. London: Oxford University Press, 1932.
For website:

Author if available. (Date published if available; n.d.--no date-- if not). “Title of article”.

Retrieved date from URL.
Poole, M. (2010). “The Sermon on the Mount”. Retrieved Oct. 23, 2012 from

www.matthewpoolecommentaryonline/matthew/sermononthe mount.com
(n.d.). “Teachings of Christ”. Retrieved Oct. 23, 2012 from

www.hhhand/blogspot/november2010.com

Below is a sample reference page; follow this format.

References
Henry, M. Matthew Henry Commentary. London: Oxford University Press, 1932.
(n.d.). “Teachings of Christ”. Retrieved Oct. 23, 2012 from www.headheart hand/blogspot /november2010.com
Poole, M. (2010). “The Sermon on the Mount”. Retrieved Oct. 23, 2012 from

www.matthewpoole commentaryonline /matthew/sermonon themount.com
Ryle, J. C. The Sermon on the Mount. Edinburgh: Banner of Truth, 1985.

Name: Gospel Character:


HRE13O Essay#1 Evaluation Rubric Name:




Level 1

Level 2

Level 3

Level 4

Introduction

(K/U, A)

/10

Introduction does not state the main topic nor get reader involved

2 3 4


Introduction does not clearly states the main topic nor get reader involved

5 6


Introduction clearly states the main topic
7 8

Introduction clearly states the main topic, gets reader involved.

9 10


Biographical Information

(K/U)

/15

Little understanding of topic demonstrated
4 5 6 7

Some understanding of topic demonstrated

8 9


Considerable understanding of topic demonstrated

10 11 12


Thorough, accurate and balanced understanding of topic demonstrated

13 14 15


Personality

(K/U, T)

/15



Character of individual is not developed; no Scriptural support for claims is provided

4 5 6 7


Character of individual is developed, but only at a surface level; little Scriptural support for claims is provided

8 9


Character of individual is developed; some Scriptural support for claims is provided

10 11 12


Character of individual is skillfully developed; clear Scriptural support for claims is provided

13 14 15


Importance to Gospel Story

(K/U, T, A)

/10

The significance of this character to the gospel story is not explored or explained

2 3 4



The significance of this character to the gospel story is not thoroughly explored or clearly explained

5 6


The significance of this character to the gospel story is explored and explained

7 8


The significance of this character to the gospel story is thoroughly explored and explained
9 10

Application

(A)

/10

Unclear, impersonal applications are drawn from the passage under consideration

2 3 4



Somewhat clear personal applications are drawn from the passage under consideration

5 6


Considerably clear, personal applications are drawn from the passage under consideration

7 8



Clear, personal applications are drawn from the passage under consideration

9 10


Conclusion

(K/U, T, A) /10

Conclusion ineffective, does not wrap up.

2 3 4


Conclusion somewhat ineffective in wrapping up.
5 6

Conclusion effectively wraps up.
7 8

Conclusion effectively wraps up and goes beyond the introduction.

9 10


Citations – Usage (C)

/10

Student has difficulty in citing from resources, or does so inappropriately.

2 3 4


Student shows some proficiency in citing from resources appropriately

5 6


Student is proficient in using primary and secondary resources appropriately

7 8


Student uses resources appropriately with proficiency and style

9 10



Citations – Variety and Format (C)/10

Limited resources, two format errors

2 3 4


Limited Resources, one format error.

5 6


Sufficient resources, perfect format.

7 8


Wide Variety of resources, perfect format.

9 10


Mechanics (C)/10

Many errors

2 3 4


Some errors

5 6


Few errors

7 8


No errors

9 10


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