The research paper will be comprised of 2 major sections. First, you will be required to survey the history of the Second Temple period; this section will be the larger portion of your paper. Begin this section with the Persian period and Israel’s return from exile and end with the destruction of the Second Temple in AD 70. Be sure to address how various events, individuals, and groups (in their correct chronological order) impacted the Jews and the land of Israel leading up to and during the time of Christ. In the second major section of the paper, pick 1 significant event, person, group, or ideology (e.g., Alexander the Great, Antiochus Epiphanes, the rise of Hellenism, the Maccabees, the Hasmoneans, the Herodian Dynasty, the Pharisees, the Sadducees, Mystery Religions, Pagan Philosophy, etc.). Highlight the event, person, group, or ideology in more detail while explaining how it affected the first-century world of the Jews and their expectation of the Messiah. For example, you may want to go into more detail concerning Herod’s rule of Palestine, Hellenism’s influence upon Jewish culture, or the rise of some religious sects or political groups and their reaction to Jesus.
Your paper must include a thesis statement in the introduction of the paper. A thesis statement is an assertion that you will attempt to prove with relevant data drawn from your research; you will defend it throughout your research paper. It tells the reader what is important about your paper and what they may conclude after having read it.
This paper must be double-spaced, use only 12-point Times New Roman font, and contain 1-inch margins. Your paper must follow the mandatory style guidelines set forth by the Seminary. It must be 9–12 pages; there will be no extra credit given for exceeding the maximum page limit. Your title page, table of contents (if you choose to include one), and the bibliography do not count as part of the 9-page minimum. You will be required to cite at least 5 scholarly sources throughout your paper. You may count your textbooks toward this total; feel free to contact the instructor for approval of other possible critical sources to use in your paper. Proper citation of sources in Turabian’s Liberal Arts format is required. You will be graded on argumentation, content, and style. Be sure to read the guidelines for research papers in Blackboard before beginning this assignment. (Note: No clip art, artwork, pictures, or charts are allowed in any research paper for this course.)
This assignment is due by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Sunday of Module/Week 7.