Exegetical /Reflection Paper: Students are required to choose a set of verses or a paragraph of one of the
General Epistles, and prepare an exegetical/ reflection paper that deals with the passage you have chosen.
Proper citation is paramount. The
required citation format is Turabian.
The Following rubric will be utilized in grading papers:
* A Cover sheet
* Paper is well focused and well -defined on the selected passage.
*Well stated arguments with supporting evidence
* Presents a biblical worldview (overall and from the particular passage selected)
*Applicable, effective reflection and examples (practical life examples)
*Use of specific details found in the passage discussed
*Well structured and organized (including page #s, section headings, footnotes)
*A clear and engaging introduction including a THESIS statement.
*A Thesis statement should be (1 or 2 sentences) located in the introduction section and should tell the
reader what the paper is about. A kind of overview.
*Good Conclusion*A Balance between reflective thoughts/ material and exegetical evaluation.
*Clear and well written with effective sentence structure.
*Readable style with an appropriate level of complexity
* Smooth transitions between major and minor points
* Paper is Free from spelling and grammatical errors and typos
*Writer displays a firm command of the topic
*Well structured Bibliography section, formatted properly
* Footnotes or “in-text citations”: Quotes & citations correctly documented (see sample
paper in class Populi)
*Meets the required number of pages
This paper should contain the following: Title page (cover sheet), Bibliography page of at least 4 scholarly
references (Youtube, & wikipedia links are not considered scholarly), Also your paper should be typed in
“Times New Roman,” 12pt. font. Use either “footnotes” or “in text citation” to
properly indicate your sources. While quoting from various works is encouraged, most of
the paper (at least 75%) should be in your own words.
*Steps in writing an Academic Paper*
1. Choose a passage
2. 2. Read the text carefully- in as many versions as possible
3. Develop your hypothesis/interpretation (an idea that you will test, or prove in
4. Historical research
5. Literary research
6. Word studies
7. Review your hypothesis/interpretation in light of current research
8. Commentary and journal work- get sources (commentaries, Survey Text, etc.)
9. Outline your essay
10. Write a well laid out argument in support of your hypothesis/interpretation
*Tips for Academic Writing *
1. Margins – 1” margins on all sides
2. Font – Times New Roman, 12 pt.
3. Headings – Provide headings for each section assigned in the assignment
4. Line Spacing – Double spaced
5. Indent the first line of a paragraph.
6. Sources- use no less than 3 sources [books], which DOES NOT include the class text. No online
sources. Please utilize the Schools library for this paper.
7. Citations – Utilize footnotes to cite sources.
8. Spelling and Grammar-Proofread all assignments, checking the spelling and grammar before submitting
for a grade. This can be accomplished
quickly and easily using the spelling and grammar checking tools of the
Microsoft Word software. Spelling, punctuation, and grammar errors will
lower your grade.
9. First Person-Academic assignments employ the “third person”
perspective as opposed to “first person.” Consider the following
examples: First person perspective is the “I, we, our” viewpoint, and is
seen in expressions such as, “I began with the assumption that…” or “we
understood the results to mean…” or “our experience shows this will not
work.” Third person perspective is the omniscient point of view and is
seen in expressions such as, “he began with the assumption that…” or“they understood the results to mean…” or “their experience shows this
will not work.”
Assignments for this course should be written in the third person.
Preferred language style Simple (Easy vocabulary, simple grammar constructions)