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In the first document, it states the rules and guidelines for the research paper. The second attached document is how to cite citations from the bible.

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The Bible we use in class is called The Revised Standard Version (2nd Edition; Ignatius, 2002). You will need this bible for the citations. How to cite scripture from this bible will be in the citing instructions.

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Theology 1301/3301 Spring 2019 Dr. Sommer Research Paper: Popular Portrayal Due date: 6 March Modern culture views the Bible in many different ways, from ridicule and satire to devotion. This multi-faceted attitude is found in the variety of movies/books written that “re-tell” biblical stories. From episodes of the Simpsons, to Mel Gibson's Passion of the Christ, we are exposed to the Bible through the visual and print media. Your job is to analyze one of these presentations. Length of the Paper: At least 6 pages. (3301 – at least 8 pages) Procedure: Choose one popular portrayal of a biblical story or book, either literary or visual. It should retell the story and not be a "documentary examining the story. Read or watch the selection and compare it to the biblical passage upon which it is based. What are the differences between the portrayal and the Bible? What is an explanation for those differences? presentation The question you should focus on in your paper is: "How do changes made to the of the material significantly change the content, message, or understanding of the biblical story?" This should be the content of your thesis. Grading Rubric 5 Identification of the work studied Identification of the biblical passage Outline of the major differences between the work and the Bible Possible rationale for these differences Analysis of the effect of the differences on the audience Proper citations, spelling and grammar 5 15 15 35 25 Secondary sources are not necessary, but do give proper citations for any biblical quotations or other materials cited. If there are any questions about the work that you want to use, please see the professor. -proper citations to movie & Bible -ro secondary sources. opening What youve chosen beginning major differences in whats on scripture & wheet on screen. Why differences would be. Theo 1301/3301 Dr. Sommer Citing Scripture While Hebrew Manuscripts do indicate verse divisions, the current division into chapters and verses is relatively new. They were added to help an individual to find a particular passage. Thus, your job, when you cite a passage is to be as clear as possible. For this class, you do not need to cite the translation in the parenthetical notes if you are using the Revised Standard Version (2nd C. Ed). (You should still place it in the Works Cited Page with full bibliographic image). You only need to cite the RSV if you are referencing introductory materials or footnotes. Otherwise, simply cite the name of the book, chapter and verse information. NEVER CITE A PASSAGE USING PAGE NUMBERS OR OUTLINE LEVELS PROVIDED IN THE TEXT!! No matter what translation you use, please use the abbreviations given at the beginning of the RSV in your notes. These help you in two ways: you don't have to write the name out and it cuts down on spelling errors. If you are just talking about the book, however, do not abbreviate the name. Thus: “In the First Book of Maccabees, the author ....” NOT “In 1 Mac, the author ... Also, if you are only talking about chapters, do not abbreviate the name. Thus: “In Ephesians 5, Paul ...” NOT “In Eph 5, Paul ..." Citation Rules You need book, chapter and verse. There is no punctuation between the book and chapter; and the punctuation between chapter and verse is a colon. Thus: In 3:16 is the Gospel of John, chapter 3, verse 16 If you want to indicate a range of verses, use a dash between the first and last verse. Thus: Gen 1:1-7 indicates the book of Genesis, chapter 1, verses 1 through 7. If the range of verses extends across chapters, then an extra colon is needed. Thus: Gen 2:5-3:7 indicates Genesis, chapter 2, verse 5 through chapter 3, verse 7. If you only want to use a part of the verse, use a small letter to indicate that part of the verse. Thus: Gen 2:4b-3:24 indicates Genesis, chapter 2, the second half of verse 4 through chapter 3, verse 24.
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Popular Portrayal of a Biblical Story




Popular Portrayal of a Biblical Story
In the modern world, the Bible has been viewed in different perspectives. The various
cultural views have taken a direction of satirical existence, ridicule and more importantly a
religious dimension. The Bible has been explained in several ways including the print media and
Cinema Theatres. For the visual analysis of the Bible, a famous description through a film
entitled “The Book of Ruth: Journey of Faith” has been selected. The biblical passage identified
is the book of Ruth using the Revised Standard Version (RSV). The story of Ruth is a simple but
exciting short analysis of how people develop to display wisdom to God and obedience to the
culture of a specific society. Romance is seen to blossom in unusual ways to manifest a good
understanding of the covenant between God and His children. God’s plan is revealed in a
widow’s life, a daughter in law who was a foreigner, and a distant relative. Ultimately, the story
is an establishment of the blessed lineage of David and Christ. This paper is intended to address
the significant impact of the changes in the film on the understanding of the biblical narrative.
Significant Differences Between the Film and the Bible
The first main notable difference between the content of the film and the Bible is at the
beginning of the film. The film started with a narrative which depicted Obed, the grandfather of
David, giving a story about hope, faith,and trust when people fail to understand God’s plan.
When the narrative started, it illustrated that duringthe times of the judges, people were corrupt
and did what they thought was fit. During a famine in Israel, some families sought to escape their
plight to seek a new life in a pagan land of Moab which later was affected by drought. In Ruth
1:1, the scripture states that “In the days when the judges ruled there was a famine in the land,



and a certain man of Bethlehem in Judah went to sojourn in the country of Moab, he and his wife
and two sons.” The content of the verse and the narrative is different. The Bible content does not
describe the state of corruption and iniquity of the people. The film demonstrated that Moab was
a pagan country in which the Bible does not disclose. Further, the Bible is clear on the families
which sojourned to Moab. On the other hand, the film shows that it is some families who
escaped to seek solace in the land of Moab.
As the film continues, Naomi was heard thanking God for comfort through a song,and
she asked God to extend the same comfort to her family. Naomi lamented that the famine made
the land dry and nothing was growing on it anymore. Naomi then pleadedwithGod to heal their
land the same way He healed their hearts after the death of her husband, Elimelech. After that
prayer, Naomi saw a beautiful flower which had grown to please the eye, and she wondered how
it grew in such a dry land. While holding the beautiful flower, Ruth appeared to report that eldest
son, Chilion had fainted and that he had been in the field all day working and never took any
food. The film only displays the eldest son when he had fainted and later implying his death.
However, Ruth 1:3-5 shows that the family lived in Moab for ten years, during which Naomi lost
the husband and the two sons. Naomiwas then left with the daughters-in-law.
In the film, Ruth went to the market to shop for some items and Naomi encourages her to
pick whatever she wants. At the market, they were met by Ruth’s mother who ridiculed Naomi
for walking in the town instead of being at the temple praying to the gods after the loss of her
husband and the eldest son. Naomi replied that her God did not reside in the temple but inher
heart and that the same God will provide for her family even during the time of the famine.
When they left the town, and on their way home, Ruth and Naomi were engaged in a talk,and
Ruth askedher mother-in-law to start making sacrifices to God. Naomi ...

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