BIBLICAL METANARRATIVE ESSAY ASSIGNMENT INSTRUCTIONS
The purpose of this assignment is to demonstrate your understanding of the unified and coherent
nature of the Bible and the theological doctrines. One way to view Scripture is through the four
major plot movements of Creation, Fall, Redemption, and Restoration. Considering biblical
doctrines through these four plot movements can aid in our understanding of humanity and
humanity’s relationship to God.
After viewing the presentation, Understanding Biblical Narrative, and completing your textbook
readings, you will be equipped to demonstrate the coherence of Scripture and share some of the
implications of the unified message of the Bible.
For this assignment, you must write an 800 – 1,000-word essay addressing the following prompt:
The unity of the Bible is demonstrated through the Divine inspiration of the Holy Spirit
on the human authors of Scripture. The study of theology uncovers and articulates the
unity of all the biblical texts when they are taken together. From the list of approved
doctrines to address, demonstrate the unified nature of the Bible by tracing that doctrine
through the four major plot developments of Scripture.
For example, The Bible describes God as love in 1 John 4:8. The way to interpret “God is
love” is to look at the biblical story that reveals God’s character through His actions.
When looking at the idea of love through the four major plot movements in Scripture we
see God’s love demonstrated in His creation of humanity, His patience with humanity
after the fall, and His sacrificial death to redeem humanity from the fall, and His
restorative work through preparation of the heavenly home . (This example would be
substantiated and demonstrated with biblical support, and be elaborated on within the
1. Discuss the major movement of the biblical narrative/story, its main character, and its
implications for understanding the unity of the biblical books.
2. Choose two topics from the topic list at the bottom of this document (Page 2) that are
presented in Biblical doctrine with attention on how these theological topics unfold
through the through the four major plot movements of Creation, Fall, Redemption, and
3. Using your theological examples, share the implications that these examples provide
humanity’s relationship to God.
4. Incorporate at least 2 theological references in your paper using course resources.
5. Incorporate at least 2 relevant biblical references.
6. Write a clear introductory paragraph including the thesis statement. A summative
concluding paragraph must also be included.
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7. Use current formatting. Refer to the “Course Policies” in the course syllabus for the
formatting expectations in this course.
Introduction (approximately 100 – 150 words)
Biblical Narrative (approximately 250 – 300 words)
Topic Example 1 (approximately 250 – 300 words)
Topic Example 2 (approximately 250 – 300 words)
Conclusion (approximately 100 – 150 words)
Review the Biblical Metanarrative Essay Grading Rubric to see the specific grading criteria
by which you will be evaluated before submitting your essay.
Note: Your assignment will be checked for originality via the Turnitin plagiarism tool.
You must choose from the approved list below:
3. Communion with God
4. Covenants (Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, David, New)
6. Eternal Life
9. Grace of God
11. Immanence of God
12. Love of God
15. Revelation of God
16. Righteousness of God
18. The Attributes of God
19. Transcendence of God
21. Works of the Holy Spirit