Research and Writing in the Seminary

Practical Strategies and Tools


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About the Book

This practical, how-to book for beginning seminary students offers step-by-step guidelines for typical writing assignments at the master’s level. Chapters are included on the most basic and common types of writing in seminary: theological book reviews, exegetical papers, theological essays or summaries, reflection papers, research papers, and sermons. Practical, immediately relevant topics offer guidelines students can use as soon as they need them—as they begin the research and writing process. The content is accessible to all students, including those with no writing or theological background and second-career students who finished undergraduate study many years prior to entering seminary. Samples of each type of paper are included, with step-by-step commentary to help beginning students understand the process.

About the Author(s)

Diane Capitani, Ph.D., has taught writing and literature at the college level for years. She is currently a professor and director of the Writing Center at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and a lecturer at Northwestern University.

Melanie Baffes, M.Div., has more than 30 years of experience in editing, educational publishing, and curriculum development. She is completing a Ph.D. in biblical studies at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.

Bibliographic Details

Diane Capitani and Melanie Baffes
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 260
Bibliographic Info: appendices, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2014
pISBN: 978-0-7864-7864-4
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Introduction 1
One. Theological Book Reviews 7
Two. Exegetical Papers 20
Three. Theological Essays or Summaries 59
Four. Reflection Papers 83
Five. Research Papers 102
Six. Sermons 163
Seven. Journal Articles 181
Appendix A. Theological Terms 225
Appendix B. Research Sources 229
Appendix C. Style Guides 239
Appendix D. Recommended Reading for Beginning Seminary Students 241
Chapter Notes 245
Bibliography 247
Index 249

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