Academic journal article Jewish Bible Quarterly

Suggestions to Authors from the Editors

Academic journal article Jewish Bible Quarterly

Suggestions to Authors from the Editors

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Face it: The article you write is intended to convince your reader that your ideas are valid. Here is a simple but effective macro-outline of doing so. It is based on the principle that organization is not only an instrument of clarity, but also of persuasion. Think of your essay as diamond-shaped:

INTRODUCTION

PARAGRAPHS OF DEVELOPMENT

CONCLUSION

INTRODUCTION: Whatever else you may include as background or attention-catching, the Introduction must present your thesis (the over-arching idea of your essay) and indications of how you will proceed. E.g.: "Commentators have often insisted that most miracles in the Tanakh did not violate natural order. However, what they have not emphasized is the involvement of Timing of the manifestation of natural order [the thesis]. Three "miracles" in diverse sections of the Bible--Torah, a book of history, and a prophetic book--that exemplify this element are the splitting of the Red Sea, the destruction of Sennacherib's army in II Kings 19, and the storm in the Book of Jonah."

PARAGRAPHS OF DEVELOPMENT: These [paragraph] s will develop the indications, that is, the sub-ideas, mentioned in the Introduction, in one or more paragraphs for each. …

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