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REL 101: The Old Testament in Context (Cumming)

Film Critique

Noah can be streamed on Swank via this link.

The essential question should be: Is the film Noah an accurate reflection of the historical and theological vision of the Hebrew Bible?

Each essay will have a thesis stated in the beginning, which is then argued throughout the body. The student is required to use at minimum three academic sources. Academic sources include books, book chapters, and academic journals other than the assigned texts.

Academic sources DO NOT include: blogs, news websites (i.e. New York Times, Huffpost, etc.), popular websites (i.e.,, or any other non-peer reviewed source. It is best to stick to what is in the library. *CLASS LECTURES DO NOT COUNT AS A SCHOLARLY SOURCE*

All sources must be cited! Use whichever method is used for your major (i.e. MLA, APA, Chicago, etc.).

The essay should be in 12 point with a standard font (i.e. Times New Roman).


A commentary is a verse-by-verse discussion and analysis of a portion of the Bible. These tend to be arranged by series and each volume within a series covers a Biblical text. The criticism used in commentaries tends to vary by author, volume, or series.

For more, try searching the Library catalog using this subject heading: Bible Commentaries 

Here are a few selected ebook commentaries on Genesis and Exodus:

Finding Articles

To find journal articles, try using the databases ATLA, which covers Religion periodicals, or Academic Search Complete, which is interdisciplinary.

Be sure to limit your results, so that only articles from peer-reviewed (scholarly) journals appear. You can do this on EBSCOhost via the search page:

For more on finding articles, click the corresponding tab on the left-hand side of the page.

Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

These volumes will provide an overview or introduction to a particular topic.