How to improve your essay marks

What gets good marks? A good academic essay directly addresses the set task, and is well-researched, well-argued, and well-structured. Pay close attention to these qualities, and to matters of style, and you will see improvements in your essay marks. Relevance You must adequately address the essay question or topic. Failure to do so suggests unfamiliarity …

Who is Mother Goose?

Some books I enjoyed as a small child involved no magic or magical creatures, and are set in a world identifiable as our own. But one of my earliest childhood literary memories, Mother Goose, takes us right to the heart of fairy tale territory. Cover of The Complete Collection of Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes (Applesauce Press, 2018). …

The preface and purpose of Luke’s Gospel

Matthew begins his Gospel by tracing Jesus’ ancestry to Abraham (Mt 1:1-17). Mark has no infancy narrative and begins with the ministry of John the Baptist and the baptism of Jesus aged about 30 (Mk 1:1-11). John’s Gospel takes us back to before the creation of the universe where we learn that Jesus created all …

The structure of Luke’s Gospel

Ancient Jerusalem as painted by James Tissot, ca. 1890. The writers of the four canonical Gospels arranged their texts with purpose in mind. It has been said that, for Luke, “theology does not so much order narrative as arise from it.”[1] If this is true, the structure of Luke’s story of the life of Jesus is …