Read Eta Linnemann’s “Is There a Gospel of Q?” in Bible Review (Aug. 1995)–see attachment below–and write a 500–750-word (~ 2–3 pages) critical review. This review is a formal essay that describes and evaluates the assigned article. Include the following in your review:
Full bibliographic data: author, title, year of publication, etc. This belongs at the top of the first page in the form of a properly formatted bibliography entry.
One to two sentences that clearly and succinctly state the author’s thesis and what s/he is trying to accomplish.
A brief (one paragraph) summary of the article. This should be your own synthesis of the material, not merely a list of subheadings or main ideas. Think broadly about what the author includes because you cannot include all the details of the article in one paragraph. Work to be both descriptive and concise. For instance, instead of, “Linnemann writes about the Q hypothesis” try something like, “Williams argues that the tendency in NT studies is to believe in the existence of Q is misplaced.” The former is generic and unhelpful; the latter is barely longer than the former, but actually provides the reader with the article’s contents.
A careful, insightful evaluation of the article. This is the most important part of the review. Read the article actively (take notes, underline, and question what the author claims), and consider the following:
Does the author accomplish her/his purpose? (*Always evaluate an argument based on its intended purpose, not on what you want it to do.) Does the author provide evidence for her/his thesis?
How does the author develop her/his ideas, including her/his arguments and conclusions?
What parts of the argument are strong/weak or could be challenged? (Note: You should explain why certain points are weak or strong, not just assert that they are so.)
Does the author appear biased? If so, in what way? (Note: Just because someone makes and defends their argument does not make them biased. Bias is an unfair prejudice against a person or idea that does not fairly consider alternatives.)
What did you learn from the article?
*Your review does not have to address all of these questions, but a good review will address many of them. Avoid generic evaluations like “I didn’t like the article” or “The article was boring.” Focus on the content rather than writing style or grammatical issues. Give specific examples from the article for the evaluative points you make.
A brief conclusion stating why and for whom (everyday Christians, pastors, graduate students, etc.) the article is valuable.
Point total: 100 = 10% of overall grade
Course objectives fulfilled: 2 & 3
Estimated Reading Time: 1.25 hours
Estimated Writing Time: 3 hours
Connection to Course Objectives
This assignment fulfills the following Course Objectives: 2, 3:
apply relevant factual information to interpret responsibly the NT text from historical, literary, and theological angles;
interact critically with New Testament scholarship.
Standards for Written Assignments
Before uploading this paper onto the Assignments tool on Sakai, I have checked every item on the following list:
I proofread my paper at least once before turning it in.
My paper meets all the assignment requirements listed in the syllabus, including any additional instructions from the Sakai course site.
My paper is typed in 12-point, Times New Roman font, with one-inch margins.
My paper either includes a formal title page, OR it has my name, box number, and assignment title at the top left-hand side of the first page, single-spaced.
The body of my paper is double-spaced and does not include extra spaces between paragraphs.
There are no contractions in my paper.
Each page of my paper is numbered.
If I quoted or drew information from a resource, I put the author’s last name and the page reference in parentheses and included a Works Cited page at the end of the paper
My paper (not including the Title page and Works Cited page) is within the word-limit guidelines.
My paper will be uploaded onto the Assignments tool on Sakai before 11:59 pm on the due date listed in the syllabus using the link below.