2016 Semester 1
201626176_OT501D_essay Why does the author of Genesis include the creation account(s)?
This essay attempts to answer the question about the purpose of the creation accounts in Genesis through a relatively detailed grammatical exegesis of several key moments in Genesis 1:1-2:3/2:4a and Genesis 2:4/4b-25, particularly the first sentence (Genesis 1:1), the creation of humanity in the image of God (Genesis 1:26-27) and the creation of Adam as an archetype of humanity in the image of God (Genesis 2:4-8) with reference to the original language and the literary form of the text. The argument then proceeds according to an assumption of the unity of the literary structure of Genesis in two sections—Genesis 1-11 (the ‘Primeval Histories’) and Genesis 12-50 (the ‘Patriarchal Narratives’)—which links God’s intentions and purposes in the creation accounts with the Abrahamic Covenant, which addresses the problem of sin and death recorded in the Primeval Histories following creation.
2016 Semester 2
201626176_OT502D_essay ‘Wisdom thinks resolutely within the framework of a theology of creation.’ (Zimmerli) Evaluate the importance of God as creator in the books of Proverbs and Job.
This essay argues that God’s role as wise creator who establishes and maintains the world in all its unity and diversity is of paramount importance to the theology of Proverbs and Job. The argument begins with a discussion of divine creation in general, where creation is defined and a general overview of what seems to be going on in Genesis 1-2 is summarised. The argument then proceeds to show from Proverbs 8 that wisdom is an eternal quality of God who created world to function according to principles of his divine wisdom. These facts then relate to the logic of God’s defence of his divine wisdom and justice in the book of Job, which silences the human challenge and justifies Job’s keeping faith with God even in the midst of his own chaotic world. Concluding remarks will then be made concerning the importance of God as wise creator in both Proverbs and Job.
2017 Semester 2
201626176_NT501D_essay Analyse the title ‘Son of God’, and one of ‘Son of Man’ or ‘Messiah/Christ’. Demonstrate what each title meant at the time of Jesus’ ministry, and how it contributes to Mark’s message.
This essay analyses the significance of the titles, ‘the Son of God’ (ὁ υἱὸς τοῦ θεοῦ) and ‘the Son of Man’ (ὁ υἱὸς τοῦ ἀνθρώπου) in Mark’s Gospel, and explains their contribution to Mark’s message. It and argues that Mark’s usage of these terms is both theological and evangelistic. By the time of Jesus’ ministry, the Son of God and Son of Man were already richly value-laden, with connotations of divine authority and divine service for the one to whom they pertained. By attributing both titles to Jesus, Mark bids his readers to view Jesus’ message and purpose as bringing the Kingdom of God through his own crucifixion and resurrection. Unbelievers are invited to trust in Jesus’ message and sacrifice as authoritative and sufficient for forgiveness of sins and to follow Jesus as exalted Lord whose claims to divine sonship have been vindicated by his resurrection from the dead.
2017 Semester 3