Synthesis Paper 2 Getting Started As you reflect on what you have learned about Moses this week, consider the promises God made to the Hebrews as a people. How might you apply what you’ve learned about God and God’s promises (covenants) to your own relationship with God? Upon successful completion of the course material, you will be able to:• Describe the functions of God’s law as they shape people in covenant relationship with God.• Examine the function and importance of God’s covenants in the Biblical texts. Resources• Textbook: God with Us: An Introduction to the Old Testament• Bible: A standard translation, as noted in the syllabus• Website: International Standard Bible Encyclopedia Instructions 1. Review the rubric to make sure you understand the criteria for earning your grade. 2. Review Chapter 9 in your textbook, God with Us: An Introduction to the Old Testament. 3. Review the following in a standard translation of the Bible as noted in the syllabus: a. Deuteronomy 34:10–13 and Exodus 19:1–25, 23:20–24:12 b. Read the reflection on Moses from the International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. 4. Write a paper addressing the following: a. Moses’ life (500 words) i. List and briefly describe observations from each of the 5 periods of Moses’ life as talked about in the article from the International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. ii. Explore Exodus 19:1-25 and explain the preparations that God instructed Moses to have the people engage in before God gives the 10 Commandments. Why do you think that these preparations were so necessary for the people? Do you believe that these preparations have any application for how God’s people prepared to engage God’s presence in worship today? Explain. iii. What do you learn about God from Moses’ life? b. The Tabernacle (500 words) i. Explain the significance of the Tabernacle. Why was it placed in the middle of the camp of the Israelites? ii. List the five types of sacrifice required from the Hebrews and discuss what these sacrifices suggest about God’s plan and expectations for Hebrew worship. See Chapter 9, pages 103–104 in your textbook. c. God’s covenants (1000 words) i. Summarize the promises God made to the Hebrews as a people through Moses (Exodus 19:1–8; Exodus 23:20 through 24:12). ii. Describe the characteristics and function of ancient covenants as seen in these Exodus passages. iii. Identify and describe the significance of at least three modern-day covenants. 1. For example, how is putting an “honesty statement” on your paper a form of the covenant? 2. Why is a down payment important in business transactions? iv. As you think about the significance of a covenant, what insight do you gain about God and your relationship with God? 5. Be sure to cite and reference your textbook where you quote or paraphrase the author’s thoughts. Cite scriptures you use in your paper. All citations should be formatted using the correct APA format. 6. Copy the questions into the body of your paper and answer the questions in well-written paragraphs. a. Your responses should demonstrate understanding (synthesis) of the material. Simple lists or sentence fragments are not acceptable. b. Whenever possible, apply the principles learned to live in the twenty-first century. 7. When you have completed your assignment, save a copy for yourself and submit a copy to your instructor using the Assignment submission page, by the end of the workshop. Rubric 1) Content: 60 points (54–60 Points) Addresses all objectives of the assignment and stays focused on the topic. Clear, focused thesis. Strong supporting details and insights that prove the thesis. Displays critical thinking and analytical skills. 2) Grammar and Mechanics: 12 points (11–12 Points) There are no errors in mechanics, usage, grammar, or spelling. Paper length requirement met. All required elements of the assignment are met. 3) Format: 8 points (7–8 Points) Appearance is readable and neat. Correct use of APA formatting. In-text citations and references correctly used.
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