introduction to the new testament bible

Consider Hebrews 6:4-6 and the reading material in Blomberg regarding the impact of doctrine on our reading of Scripture. In the essay first identify the doctrine that you would see as most threatened by the assigned passage. The briefly analyze how that impacts your reading of the text. Then, offer a brief explanation of what the text means with its context. Finally, offer a statement about whether the analysis of the passage was objective or whether the analysis was based mostly in doctrine. Feel free to be candid. No penalty to the grade either way. The grade, as always, is based on the analysis of the passage.


Each essay should be supported by research from at least three sources. The sources may consist

of the textbook and any other material included in the course. The student may independently

locate other sources. All sources must be of research quality. The student may engage the professor

at any time as to whether sources are acceptable. Study Bible notes, devotional material, church

publications and unpublished websites would not normally qualify.

Mechanics and Technicals

The essays must be written in standard Turabian format and must follow standard rules of grammar

and spelling. The paper must be accompanied by a standard cover sheet. Do not include an outline

or an abstract. Citations should be footnotes, fully written, but not included in the word count. No

end notes or parenthetical references should be used. Footnotes should cite sources only. They

should not be informational. As long as the footnotes are fully presented, no bibliography is


Essays should have an introduction of 50 words or so, including a clearly recognizable thesis

statement. The introduction should briefly set forth the issue to be addressed and the method for

the argument. A brief conclusion of about the same length should appear at the end, in which the

student summarizes the points and argument in the essay. No new arguments should be included

in the conclusion.