Scripture & Theology Essay Competition

Burning Bush by Sébastien Bourdon, 17thC (Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg)
Image: Burning Bush by Sébastien Bourdon, 17thC (Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg)


The 2022 Wycliffe College Scripture & Theology Essay Competition is closed. 
Please check back in the fall for information about the 2023 competition cycle.  Sign up for updates using the form at the bottom of the page.

Congratulations to our 2022 winners! 

Essay Topic: Theophany: Theological implications of God’s manifestations in Scripture



This competition reflects our commitment to excellence in the study of both the Bible and Theology and the leading role which Wycliffe plays in revitalizing the theological interpretation of Scripture. 

Eligibility and Submission Criteria

Note: Students are permitted to enter the same (or a similar) essay in both the essay competition and the colloquium Call for Papers, so long as it adheres to the requirements of both. 

Eligibility Criteria

  • Author must be a graduate or undergraduate student in an academic degree program at a recognized institution of higher learning.
  • Only one essay may be submitted per competition cycle.  An author cannot receive 1st prize in the same category (Undergraduate or Graduate) two years in a row.
  • Submission must be an original, unpublished essay.  Modified versions of essays submitted to a class are acceptable.

Submission guidelines

  • Essays must be no more than 3000 words, excluding footnotes and bibliography.  Essays will be trimmed at the 3000th word and referees will not read beyond that point.
  • Include a title page which contains:
    • The essay title
    • The author’s name and current institution and program of study
    • The author’s contact information, including permanent postal address, email, and telephone number
  • Do not include your name on any page of the essay body.  It should only be on the title page.
  • Essays should be in Times New Roman font, 12pt, double-spaced. 
  • Submissions must be received by 11:59pm ET on February 13, 2022.

Evaluation criteria

Essays will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Clarity of thought and articulation, including a clear thesis and argumentative structure, as well as proper grammar and syntax
  • Scholarly excellence, including engagement with properly referenced primary and secondary sources
  • Originality, including fresh approaches to the question posed
  • Theological commitment, including demonstrated engagement with Christian Scripture, history, faith, and/or tradition(s)

Essays will be read in light of Wycliffe College’s principles and commitments.


Winning essays will be published on our website.  By submitting an essay, you consent to its online publication.

Previous Winners

Congratulations to the winners of Wycliffe's 2021 Scripture & Theology Essay Competition!  

TOPIC: Blurring the Lines Between Biblical Studies and Theology: What are the advantages and disadvantages of approaching biblical interpretation through a theological framework?


1st place – “Theological Interpretation of Scripture: The Reformation of Modern Biblical Scholarship” by Ethan Skinner, Heritage College and Seminary

2nd place – “Love is Key” by Shawn Martens, Millar College of the Bible

3rd place – “Approaching Biblical Interpretation Through a Theological Framework” by Kseniya Parsons, Southeastern Theological Seminary


1st place – “Chalcedonian Hermeneutics of the Word: A Proposal to Use the Incarnational Analogy to Overcome the Division between Biblical and Theological Studies” by Eric Larson, Trinity School for Ministry

2nd place – “The Body's Availability: Ezekiel 37, Robert Jenson, and Disabled Flesh” by Luke Zerra, Princeton Theological Seminary

3rd place – “For the Sake of the Church: A Pentecostal Engagement with Theological Interpretation of Scripture” by Geoffrey Butler, Wycliffe College