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While courses in Bible and theology typically require research papers, particularly at the graduate level, very few include training in research. Professors have two options: use valuable class time to teach students as much as they can, or lower their standards with the understanding that students cannot be expected to complete tasks for which they have never been prepared.
This book offers a third option. It walks students through the process, focusing on five steps: finding direction, gathering sources, understanding issues, entering discussion and establishing a position. Its goal is to take students directly from a research assignment to a research argument - in other words, from topic to thesis.
"Kibbe's From Topic to Thesis is a concise but complete course in the art and science of theological research and writing... Unlike assembly instructions for things like bookshelves, Kibbe's directions are easy to follow, providing everything one needs to know to write and sustain a theological thesis..."?
- Kevin J. Vanhoozer, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School