Writing Workshops
last update 18 October 2006


This seminar is a "Writing Intensive" course in the undergraduate Core Curriculum, which means that we will pay particular attention to the form and content of written work, and the process of producing it. Students will receive explicit instruction in analysis and composition of research papers in historical theology, and especially in writing a thesis-based paper. There will be specific attention to types of writing pertinent to scripture studies in particular, and theological writing in general.This will include"mini-workshops" in class as well as peer and instructor review of student papers. Students will receive careful feedback on preliminary drafts of the paper (including peer review), and will be expected to provide other seminar members with feedback on their papers as well.

RL 400 Introduction to Biblical Exegesis Workshops

Workshop Materials:
Establishing the Biblical Text Workshop A: Biblical texts & Translations
Workshop B: Textual Criticism
Try your hand at the Interpreting Ancient Manuscripts website; visit the Centre for the Study of Ancient Documents. Read:  1 Cor. 11 & 14

Workshop A: The process of exegesis—who, what, when, where, how, why?
Read:  Jonah; Philemon; McKenzie & Haynes 1-34; Schneiders 1-93
Workshop B: How to read an exegetical article
Read: article on 1 Cor 11.

Check here for pointers on appropriate format for notes and bibliography; read SBL Handbook of Style, chapters 6-8

  Workshop A: Developing your thesis 
Workshop B: How to write a critical review
  Workshop: How to write an annotated bibliography
Read:  annotated bibliographies and student critiques of articles
  Workshop: How to write an exegetical paper
Take a look at William Strunk's Elements of Style
An overview of the writing process
An overview of a research paper
Resources for how to document your sources:

Workshop: Developing an outline
Hints for proofreading, editing, and revising
sample projects 1   2   3   4   5   6

  Workshop: How to give critical feedback on a colleague's paper. Please use Peer Review worksheet.