Problem Passage Essay 1 Instructions Use of Zechariah in the Gospels Write a 1,200—1,500 word essay on messianic interpretation of Zechariah 11:12-13 in Matthew 27:9-10 and Zechariah 12:10 in John 19:34-37. Research • Zechariah. Use at least two academic level scriptural commentaries, especially digital commentaries available in program library. Recommended: A. Hill, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi, TOTC; J. Goldingay and P. Scalise, Minor Prophets II (Nahm Hab, Zeph, Hag, Zech, Mal); D. Petersen, Zechariah 9-14 and Malachi, OTL. Acceptable as supplement: Keil & Delitzsch and Cambridge Bible, see http://www.scriptureworkshop.com/bibliography/commentary/. • Gospels. Use at least four academic level scriptural commentaries, two each on Matthew and John, especially digital commentaries available in program library. Recommended: Commentary on NT Use of OT edited by Beale and Carson; R. T. France, Matthew, NICNT; D. Turner, Matthew, ECNT; C. Keener, Gospel of John. Acceptable as supplement: Cambridge Bible and Handbook (see link above). (Also see brief discussion on John 19:36-37 in Beale.) • Research standards for this academic level: Multivolume biblical commentaries; Peer-reviewed scholarship in suitable publications (use library for e-books and library databases for articles, e.g., ATLA, JSTOR, EBSCO). Excluded: webpages and/or blogs; study Bibles; single-volume commentaries (e.g., Henry; Jamieson-Fausset-Brown; Gill; Benson; Pulpit; Barnes’ Notes); “popular” genre suitable for general readership; non-academic resources (e.g., Strong’s dictionary). It is fine and expected to use textbooks, but remember textbooks do not count as research. Overview of Paper Begin with a one paragraph introduction with clear and direct thesis statement—entire paper needs to support thesis statement.
(1) Zechariah 11:12-13. Explain interpretation of the context with consideration of ways it can be interpreted. (2) Matthew 27:9-10. Explain the function of the use of Zechariah, with attention to interpretive blending with Jeremiah in this context. (3) Zechariah 12:10. Explain interpretation of the context with consideration of ways it can be interpreted. (4) John 19:34-37. Explain the function of the use of Zechariah, with attention to interpretive blending with Psalm 34 in this context. Finish with a one paragraph conclusion explaining implications. Provide evidence to support thesis statement. Cite six sources minimum for “proficient” and additional source(s) for “advanced” level of research (see grading rubric). Use Turabian format.
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