Academic scholars of the Bible use various methods in order to make sense of it. On pages xi-xii of your Carr
Conway text there are fifteen specific references to these methods (see below). I suggest that you also use the index at the back of the book to find examples elsewhere of how to employ these methods. In the NOAB text, at the back, there are essays including one on Contemporary Methods in Biblical Study that could also be very helpful.
Textual Criticism 8
Tradition History and Transmission History 39
Poetic Analysis 68
Source Criticism 77
The Joseph Story and Literary Approaches 90
Postcolonial Criticism 130
(Study of) lntertextuality 161
Insights from History of Religions 173
Form Criticism and Genre 200
Form Criticism in the New Testament 228
Narrative Criticism of the Gospels 275
Redaction Criticism 293
Social-Scientific Approaches to the
New Testament 315
Feminist Criticism and Gender Criticism 333
Cuural Criticism of the Bible 354
Read carefully all of them and choose the three that YOU can argue make the most important OR the most effective OR the most valuable contributions to biblical exegesis (critical explanation or interpretation of a text). This requires an argument so you need to decide what is or are the most important, effective or valuable things to know as a SCHOLAR and which three methods provide this better than the others. It is entirely your choice to make. There is no specific correct answer — only well-argued answers.
Typically, your introductory paragraph will explain briefly this essential thing or things to know and why and then in a single thesis statement argue it. For example: A, B and C are the best methods for demonstrating D (insert your essential item[s]). This will be followed by three separate paragraphs proving what you say in your thesis statement is valid. Each paragraph will introduce and DEFINE one of your three methods and provide BIBLICAL EXAMPLES of how it proves your contention. A final, fifth paragraph, will simply and briefly summarize your conclusion which is your thesis statement already given in the introductory paragraph.
Specific Requirements (failure to follow them will lose significant marks):
You must have a title that suggests your thesis and not simply the assignment. For example, Reflection Paper is NOT a proper title.
Use Times New Roman font, size 12. One inch borders on all four sides.
Double-space (not 1.5 or 2.5 spacing). MLA double-spaces EVERYTHING (Essay and Works Cited).
Include page numbers with your last name as indicated by MLA.
Minimum five pages; maximum seven pages, not including the Works Cited List. YOU MUST REFERENCE ALL SOURCES THAT YOU USE.
Use MLA for in-text citations and the Works Cited page and the first page — you do NOT require a title page. Use MLA first page rules (http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/). The OWL site will provide everything you need to know about MLA and you are expected to follow those requirements. Marks will be deducted for not doing so.