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History of Interpretation Paper Instructions and Rubric:

Luther: Commentary on Romans


  1. Form (15%)
    1. The student’s paper should follow the conventions of academic writing. Any student unfamiliar with these conventions should visit the Writing Center in the library.
    2. The student’s paper should conform to the latest edition of the Southwestern Manual of Style. Kubic revised it extensively in 2015, so be sure to download a copy of the new version from the Writing Center’s page on Blackboard.
    3. The student’s paper should be 2500-3000 words (10-12 pages long). Those who write less than 10 pages or more than 12 will incur penalties.
    4. The student’s papers should have at least 10 sources. The Bible, regardless how many versions are cited, counts as 1 source. Choose good reputable scholarly sources. Those who use modern commentaries are encouraged to choose one that is appropriate for scholarly work, especially those that deal extensively with the original languages (Greek, Hebrew, and Aramaic) and have footnotes. Please do not cite Wikipedia or any general wiki source. Students should use the DAVID search engine on SWBTS library website to search for relevant, peer-reviewed journal articles.
    5. Two great resources for this paper are the Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture and Reformation Commentary on Scripture as they contain direct quotes of commentary on Scripture from a number of fathers and reformers in the history of the church.
  2. Introduction and Thesis (15%)
    1. Introduction: 250-500words (1-2 pages)
    2. The student should begin with a brief introduction to each of the interpreters and their context.
    3. The introduction should also include a thesis that is clear and concise that orients the reader to the passage and interpreters being discussed.
    4. For example: “This essay will compare Luther’s reading of Romans 2:13 with interpreter B and interpreter C…”
  3. Body (60%)
    1. The paper should evaluate how Luther reads the passage and include direct quotes from his work. It should also include discussion and quotes of the other interpreters discussed. This paper should be a comparison of their thought, and critical evaluation of the ways that each interpreter is using a specific Scripture passage within their theological argumentation.
    2. The student’s paper should be fair to all parties. Students are allowed to disagree with the theologians, but must do so in a respectful and thoughtful way.
    3. The body of the paper should have 3 sections with headings that identify the interpreter and the passage to be discussed in that section. Each section is worth 20% of the grade for a total of 60% of the paper.
    4. Outline of Paper
      1. Introduction: 250-500 words (1-2 pages)
      2. Luther on Scripture A: 500-750 words (2-3 pages)
  • Second Pre-Reformation Interpreter on Scripture A: 500-750 words (2-3 pages)
  1. Third Pre-Reformation Interpreter OR Post-Reformation Interpreter on Scripture A: 500-750 words (2-3 pages)
  2. Conclusion: 250-500 words (1-2 pages)


  1. Conclusion (10%)
    1. In the conclusion, students should offer a concise comparison of the three interpretations of these passages, including a discussion of the strengths and weaknesses of each theologian’s reading.


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